1) Brad Keselowski (Starting – 6th)
Pocono Fantasy Spin – Brad Keselowski is a former Pocono winner who’s been one of the most successful drivers over the last couple of races. There’s no reason to expect him not to continue to run well here. Penske cars have big horse power and that’s key for the long straightaways at Pocono. One attribute I really like about the #2 team is that their masters of using strategy. On Sunday look for Keselowski to finish in the top five and compete for the win. In Happy Hour Keselowski had the second quickest overall lap speed.
Pocono Track History – Pocono has been a good track for Brad Keselowski. He’s a past champion who’s finished in the top five 43% percent of the time, and in the top ten 50% percent of the time. Over the last three Pocono races Keselowski has a 2.3 average finish and the 4th best driver rating. Last summer he had a strong car. He finished runner-up and earned the 5th best driver rating. In spring 2016 he had one of the fastest cars once his air pressures built up. In that race he overcame a penalty (aero adjustment a crew member made during a pit stop that NASCAR deemed gave him a competitive advantage) and rallied to finish 3rd. In August 2015 he was 6th place good but finished runner-up when fuel entered the equation at the end. In June 2015 he was top ten good but ran into Brett Moffitt with 32 laps to go while running in 10th and that led to his 17th place finish.
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2) Kyle Larson (Starting – 7th)
Pocono Fantasy Spin – Kyle Larson is a strong performer at Pocono who’ll be one of the drivers to beat. He’s performed at an elite level this season on a week to week basis and that won’t change at Pocono. In nearly half the races this season he’s finished in the top two. He has a fast car this weekend and on Sunday I would look for Larson to finish in the top five, and compete for the win. In Happy Hour Larson had the third quickest overall lap speed.
Pocono Track History – Pocono has been a great track for Kyle Larson. His average finish is 8.8 and he’s a perfect 6 for 6 in terms of finishing between 5th and 12th. Last summer at Pocono he had a great car and was a serious threat to win. When the checkered flag waved he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had the best average running position (5th), led the 2nd most laps (37) and finished 6th. In spring 2016 he also ran well and crossed the finish line in 11th. If it wasn’t for an untimely caution he would’ve finished slightly better. In 2015 Larson had Pocono results of 8th and 12th. Although it might not carry the most fantasy relevance it should be noted last year Larson won at Pocono in the Xfinity Series.
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3) Kevin Harvick (Starting – 12th)
Pocono Fantasy Spin – Kevin Harvick will have a strong showing at Pocono. He’s been knocking on the door to victory lane and in recent races at the “Tricky Triangle” he’s been one of the strongest performers. If he didn’t have an engine failure while leading in August 2015 he would have five straight top tens here. On Sunday look for Harvick to compete for a top five finish. In Happy Hour he had the 5th quickest overall lap speed and the best ten lap average.
Pocono Track History – Kevin Harvick has never won at Pocono but he’s come close. Since summer 2014 minus a summer 2015 engine failure he has a 4.3 average finish. Last summer he had a great car that was arguably the best. Over long runs he was extremely quick. When the race reached its conclusion he earned the best driver rating and finished 4th. In spring 2016 he was also extremely quick but he had to overcome a pit penalty and a caution during a bad time during the pit cycle. When the checkered flag waved he finished 9th and had a 10th place average running position. In August 2015 he had a great car but finished 42nd after his engine blew up while he was leading. In the two races prior to that he finished runner-up.
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