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For the second time in less than two months, the Sprint Cup Series teams and fantasy NASCAR enthusiasts will have to try to figure out Pocono Raceway, and they don’t call the track the “Tricky Triangle” for no reason.
With a unique, triangular configuration and three sets of corners that were each modeled after a different track, it can be hard for drivers to find a setup that handles to their liking. Throw in the fact that the lack of banking makes passing difficult and often brings pit strategy into play, and it can be equally difficult to build a DFS NASCAR lineup that you have a lot of confidence.
Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 is scheduled for 160 laps, which happens to be the same number of laps as last weekend’s race at Indianapolis. Compared to other races, the number of points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories are limited. However, Kyle Busch’s dominant performance last weekend was a reminder that you can never ignore these two categories entirely.
Finding drivers that score a lot of points in the place differential category can also be difficult. Track position is crucial at Pocono, and not surprisingly, a lot of the drivers that start up front tend to finish there. In fact, at least eight drivers that have started in the top 15 have finished in the top 10 in each of the last four races here. In the June race this season, all ten drivers that finished in the top 10 started in the top 15, including all five drivers that qualified in the top five.
The bottom line is that you won’t want to put all your eggs in one basket at Pocono, and you need to make sure any DFS NASCAR lineup has the chance to earn significant points in all the scoring categories. Don’t underestimate the value of a driver that simply starts and finish in the top 10. A few drivers that score in the 30-point range paired with a couple of high scorers can get the job done.
Check back this weekend for updated picks, and in the meantime, here is a closer look at the drivers to keep an eye on heading into Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. Qualifying is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET and the race is set for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Kevin Harvick ($10,500)
Although Harvick has had some bad luck at Pocono, he has shown the speed needed to dominate the laps led and fastest laps run categories. He led 39 laps and finished second in the June race in 2015, and he blew an engine while leading in the July race that same year. Earlier this season, Harvick led nine laps and recorded the second-most fastest laps before a pit-road penalty trapped him back in traffic.