The Sprint Cup Series heads to Pocono Speedway this Sunday for one of the most challenging and grueling races of the season. The two and half mile superspeedway is not only tricky for drivers but also for fans of fantasy racing to pick their lineup come Sunday. Some think that Jimmie Johnson is the golden goose for fantasy teams having such a dominant point lead over the rest of the field. Unfortunately that probably won’t be the case.
After two finishes outside the top-10, Jimmie Johnson is struggling to build the momentum he needs to continue his dominant season. Can he slip into the top ten for a decent finish? Yes, he can on any given weekend, but if you’re looking for a winner on Sunday do not put too much faith in the 48 team this weekend. It’s just not worth the heartache after the last two weeks.
If you’re looking for solid finishes; Matt Kenseth finds himself ninth on the list of best average finishes among active drivers at Pocono. What is interesting about this fact is that his teammate, Denny Hamlin, is the third best average finisher at the track. With Kenseth now driving for coach Gibbs and superior equipment behind him there is no doubt that Kenseth will dominate Pocono.
Yes Kenseth is a bold prediction due to his recent engine failure at Dover after leading just 29 laps, but this is a team who rebounded from an engine failure in the Daytona 500 to win three races (Las Vegas, Kansas, and Darlington). If anyone can come back from a failure and succeed it would have to be Matt Kenseth.
Another guy to consider for your fantasy team is Juan Pablo Montoya. Many of you may be asking yourself, isn’t that the guy that ran into the jet dryer at Daytona last year? Yes we are talking about the same guy. The thing is he’s really not the same guy. With three top-10s and another “almost victory” at Dover last weekend, expect Montoya to be more driven then he has ever been to get his first career win on an oval track. Even if he doesn’t win he is still a solid pick for the Tricky Triangle.
After Dover, many fans are probably thinking that Tony Stewart has cleaned up his act and finally established himself as a title contender for the chase this year. Those people would be wrong. With only three top-10s in this season, we can’t really call Stewart a consistent driver. In all honesty, his win last week was nothing more than a fluke. We all know who would have won if it wasn’t for the last minute penalty on the final restart.
If you’re looking for an ace in the hole, Brad Keselowski is your guy. Keselowski currently sits tenth in the Sprint Cup standings and is in dire need of a win on Sunday .He already won at “The Tricky Triangle” once, what’s to stop him from doing it one more time? Even if Keselowski doesn’t take home the checkered flag on Sunday, it’s a safe bet that he will at least be a top-10 contender.
Who’s in your lineup for Sunday’s race? Would you pick Jimmie Johnson after his incident last week at Dover? Let me know in the comments below.