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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Overton’s 400

The time between when a track holds it’s first race and it’s second often is critical since notes from the first race can sometimes be used for the second.  But, often the second race plays out much different than the first.  It could be a different tire, different conditions, or even a different distance to be ran that makes it unique.

Tracks like Bristol have an advantage with races not only during two different seasons, but also two vastly different conditions.  One race is in daylight, the second under darkness.  Charlotte has a race that goes day to night, and one that is strictly under afternoon skies.  Come 2018, that second race becomes a whole new animal.

But tracks that hold races that are the same length sometimes see different conditions even just mere weeks apart.

NASCAR heads to the one track where it’s two races are held the closest together.  It was early spring when Pocono held the first of two events.  Now, heading into the latter part of summer, the “Tricky Triangle” welcomes the Monster Energy Cup Series back for it’s second go at the flat and unique speedway.

Time is critical at this point as there’s very little breathing room until the Playoffs come in mid-September, and every lap is becoming more important by the second.

Every race is more crucial, and the participants know this.  With some gaining ground last week, positioning becomes even more important once things are reset after Richmond.  But, the focus this week is on Pocono, and all are locked down once again.  Here’s who they expect in victory lane in Sunday’s Overton’s 400:


Misan Akuya:  Kyle Busch

It’s going to happen, right?

Rob Blount:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Billy Fellin:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Dalton Hastings:  Kurt Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kyle Larson

The best driver without a win here.

Ashley Hull:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Jamie McMurray

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Ryan Blaney

New team for 2018, but same alliances.  I say he sweeps it like Junior in 2014.  Kid just has it.

Patti Rodisch:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Ryan Blaney

It’s been three years since someone pulled off Pocono perfection. Look for Ryan Blaney to make that happen on Sunday, giving the Wood Brothers their 100th Cup victory.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings after Indianapolis:

Ashley Hobbs (655) Kyle Busch finished 34th – [2] 16

Rob Tiongson (654) Denny Hamlin finished 17th – [2] 7

Misan Akuya (631) Jamie McMurray finished 15th – [2] 15

Penny Whitecotton (612) Kevin Harvick finished 6th – [1] 6

Sal Sigala Jr. (556) Kyle Busch finished 34th – [1] 13

Ashley Hull (553) Kyle Busch finished 34th – [2] 14

Patti Rodisch (551) Jimmie Johnson finished 27th – [2] 14

Ashley McCubbin (549) Martin Truex Jr. finished 33rd – [1] 9

Klarissa Mitchell (549) Jamie McMurray finished 15th – [0] 0

Dalton Hastings (546) Kyle Busch finished 34th – [0] 5

Billy Fellin (526) Chase Elliott finished 39th – [2] 9

Dustin Parks (520) Kyle Larson finished 28th – [1] 8

Rob Blount (511) Jimmie Johnson finished 27th – [0] 3


Summary of Picks:

Kyle Busch-2

Ryan Blaney-2

Kevin Harvick-2

Martin Truex Jr-2

Kurt Busch-1

Brad Keselowski-1

Kyle Larson-1

Jamie McMurray-1

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