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Best American Cars 2015 – At first glance, this schedule stage seems to have many variations. Last week, the Cup series was running short, running 318 miles on a 1 mile track. This week, the race is contested over 400 miles on a 2.5-mile triangular track. Next week will be the second road race of the season.
There are actually more similarities between these three tracks than they seem.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway are flat tracks. They share characteristics with Watkins Glen International in which the driver must slow down before the bend and accelerate at the top. Some drivers who run well at Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will repeat this week and should be watched closely by Glen.
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The flat track is a rhythm course and that means the drivers on this list should dominate the NASCAR America Fantasy Live list for Gander Outdoors 400.
1. Brad Keselowski (average of three years: 4.00)
When looking for drivers to pair up with Big 3, Keselowski is a clear choice in Pocono. He enters the weekend with six races currently from five toddlers covering second place finishes in 2015 and 2016. His last three races on this path are fifth place results.
2. Kevin Harvick (average of three years: 4.20)
Harvick has not won at Pocono and it could prove to be a huge motivational force this week. Together with Kentucky Speedway, this is the only active line where he failed to find a winning path, but he finished second four times in the last eight races.
3. Kurt Busch (average of three years: 9.40)
Busch won the 2016 Pocono 400 which was delayed by rain until Monday. He finished fourth the following year in the June Pocono race. Unfortunately, the other three races since his last win have not been as strong as the riders who surrounded him in the top 10 this week with the best of 10 and the worst of 19 this spring. Use him only if he has a good workout time.
4. Kyle Busch (average of three years: 10.60)
Busch never won at Pocono until last July. He started at the stake, leading the first 21 laps, winning Segment 1 of the race, and then put himself in a position to lead the most important moment. He paced the pitch for the last 17 laps. This spring, he finished third for Pocono’s fourth top in a row.
5. Matt Kenseth (average of three years: 10.60)
Pocono June 400 This is one of the best games Kenseth at Number 6. At the beginning of all three of this season, he broke the top 15 for the first time on his new journey. He finished on the 13th. Last week, Kenseth got his second 15 top (15) on another flat track. The two factors combined to suggest he could finish it well again. That makes it a good value in the paycheck game where he’s cheap enough, but that’s not enough to add it to the Fantasy Live list.
6. Ryan Blaney (average of three years: 11.60)
In his rookie season, Blaney completed 11 and 10. Last year, he won his first Cup race, but almost as if Nasib demanded a balance, he dropped two rounds from speed in the second race and finished 30th. He re-entered the top 10 this spring with a sixth at Pocono 400, but it remains to be seen whether he can regain his consistency.
7. Kyle Larson (average of three years: 11.80)
The average Larson cheats. This is due to the failure of the July drive cart that sent it behind the wall for 12 laps. If it’s removed from his record, he has an average of 7.75 career, which will make this his third best song. Larson is a racer who has historically run the high line, so a great record on a track with a single groove at the bottom is incredible.
8. Chase Elliott (average of three years: 13.00)
Like Larson, Elliott had only one bad result during his career at Pocono and it made his average appearance worse than it should have been. Crash damage in the second race of 2016 gave him a 33rd chance, but the rest of his five career races ended in the top 10.
9. Erik Jones (three years on average: 13.33 in three starts)
Will Jones repeat the theme of the two drivers on it? He swept the top 10 in the rookie season before finishing 29 this spring with accident damage. If he follows the right to form with Larson and Elliott, it’s probably the only bad result for some time.
10. Martin Truex Jr. (average of three years: 13:40)
Truex won the 2015 Pocono 400, but he had trouble on the 2.5-mile flat track in his next three attempts. From the summer of 2015 to the end of 2016, his best efforts are the 19th, which he prints twice. Last spring, he finished sixth and has been on the rise ever since until he won this spring race in dominant fashion.