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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway

Posted by chadmusselman on June 5, 2011

I’m writing the recommendations for this race more than a week in advance since I’ll be out of the country when it gets posted.  That means I won’t be able to reference any of the results from the Kansas race and have to go on historical numbers from previous races at the Pocono Raceway.

With that said, it looks like last year’s chasers do pretty well here.  Seven of them are in the top ten of best average finish at Pocono, and seven of them have won at least one race and six of them have won two or more races here.  It could be a tough time for the non-chasers to get into the top ten.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Tony Stewart
Stewart averages an 11.5 place finish at Pocono and has won here twice in 24 career races.  Along with the wins Stewart has 9 top five and 18 top ten finishes.  Want to hear a crazy stat?  Tony Stewart has finished in the top ten at Pocono in 10 of the last 11 races.  How could you not have him on your team?  Stewart is one of the least owned chasers for your fantasy teams.  Pick him up for Pocono and collect the points that others are missing out on.

Alternate Chaser: Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin owns the best average finish at Pocono at 8.2.  He also has 4 wins, 7 top five and 8 top ten finishes at the track in only 10 career races.  The only times he didn’t finish in the top 10 he finished 38th and 23rd, so if he can stay out of other people’s mess, then it’s almost a guarantee that Hamlin will be in the top ten, and probably batting for the win.

Juan Montoya
Montoya has cooled off in recent weeks, but is still a pretty good driver, and the weird triangle shape of Pocono suites his skills as a road race nicely.  Over the past four races here Montoya has finished in the top ten in three of them.  It seems that this season he has really started to figure out what it takes to contend every week and salvage the best finish that he can.

Mark Martin
Martin has raced at Pocono an amazing 48 times!  Even more amazing is that he hasn’t won a race here yet, although he has 19 top five and 33 top ten finishes.  Six of those top five finishes were 2nd place.  He’s been close here so often, it’s hard to believe that he’ll finish his career without a win at the track.  Anything is possible, so wouldn’t it be cool to see the old man finally win at Pocono?

Dark Horse: Regan Smith
Why choose Regan Smith as the dark horse this week?  Well, why not?  He’s stuck down in 29th in points, but has shown some signs of life with a win and two other top ten finishes.  This could be a critical year for him and he needs to get a couple more top ten finishes to show that he can be a driver that can stick around in the series.


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