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It hasn't even been two months since the Sprint Cup Series visited Pocono Raceway, but a return trip to the "Tricky Triangle" is already on tap this weekend. The track will host Sunday's Pennsylvania 400, and while not much time has passed since the June race, plenty has changed.
After finishing second in June, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will watch from the sidelines this weekend as Jeff Gordon drives the No. 88 for the second race in a row. Hendrick Motorsports as a whole enjoyed a strong showing in the June event, but the organization has been scuffling a bit of late. On the flip side, the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, who weren't much of a factor in June, have been dominant in recent weeks.
The moral of the story is that while past statistics and results count for a lot, they don't mean everything. If your fantasy lineups performed well for the June race at Pocono, by all means use it as a starting point. However, don't be afraid to make some adjustments based on what has happened in recent weeks and what happens this weekend leading up to the race.
1. BRAD KESELOWSKI, #2 MILLER LITE, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]
His 9.2 average finish at Pocono over the last 10 races is the second best of any driver in the field this weekend. Keselowski has six finishes of sixth or better during the stretch, including a second-place run last August and a third-place finish earlier this year.
2. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 BUSCH BEER/JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Harvick's ninth-place finish at Pocono earlier this year doesn't do him justice. A pit road penalty and bad strategy had him constantly stuck in traffic, but at a track where gaining positions is tough, Harvick completed more than 60 passes, by far the most of any driver. He has a pair of runner-up finishes here in the last four races alone, and he is going to bring a fast car Sunday.
3. JOEY LOGANO, #22 SHELL-PENNZOIL, TEAM PENSKE[YAHOO CLASS A]
He picked up a win here while he was still driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Logano has been even better at Pocono since joining Team Penske. He has five top 10s in seven starts, including three top five finishes in his last four.
4. KURT BUSCH, #41 MONSTER ENERGY/HAAS AUTOMATION, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Busch is gunning for a season sweep at Pocono after winning here in June for the third time in his career. He now has six top 10s in his last nine starts here, including four finishes of third or better. Don't hesitate to use him as an A-List option this weekend.
5. MATT KENSETH, #20 DOLLLAR GENERAL/DEWALT, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Pocono used to be one of his worst tracks, but that has changed in a big way since joining Joe Gibbs Racing. He is actually the defending winner of this weekend's race, and he has finished seventh or better in his last three starts here.