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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Pocono 400

Being different is often a good thing in some aspects.  It sets someone apart from a group, whether it’s a wild hair color, a new wardrobe, or even a unique touch to one’s car or truck.  Standing out from the crowd is important, giving one’s individuality and making them unlike anyone else.

NASCAR is the same way in many ways, but when it comes to the actual tracks, a lot model themselves from others.  The idea of a “Cookie Cutter” speedway has been tossed around for years, and it gets boring when tracks are similar, and teams can bring the same car to many of the same tracks.

Then there’s a place like Pocono that decides to take influences from other tracks, and make it their own to truly stand out from the crowd.

When the track has three different corners, inspired from three other very different speedways, it immediately stands out.  Combine that with three different straightaways, which as a driver can be both good and bad, simply because the uniqueness of the track can have the setup be great for one end of the speedway, yet be horrible at the other.

That’s exactly what Pocono Raceway is.  They don’t need a fourth turn to make running here a challenge, and every time NASCAR comes to this place, it means something different could determine a winner, or even make it almost impossible to win.

The League hopes the impossible doesn’t happen, because after going 0-for-10 last week, everyone is yearning for a victory.  Here’s their choices for the Pocono 400:


Misan Akuya:  Kyle Busch

Feels like a good pick to me.

Rob Blount:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kyle Larson

Going on a limb here.  Let’s see Larson crack into victory lane!

Ashley Hull:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Dustin Parks:  Ryan Blaney

He’s gotten enough bad luck already this season to last for years.  But, he’s returning to the track where he got his first win.  I’m hoping that not only does he get back to victory, but he does so with the ability to communicate with the team.  How he was able to win last year not hearing the spotter, I still have yet to figure out.

Trisha Rodisch:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kyle Busch

A new month is here but I see things remaining the same.  Busch scores his second straight Pocono win and does so in dominant fashion.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings following Charlotte:

Sal Sigala Jr. – 495 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (3) 17

Ashley Hobbs – 484 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (5) 26

Rob Tiongson – 466 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (2) 10

Penny Whitecotton – 433 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (5) 23

Trisha Rodisch – 432 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (4) 21

Misan Akuya – 424 – Jamie McMurray finished 6th (4) 22

Dustin Parks – 415 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd (0) 2

Billy Fellin – 387 – Joey Logano finished 22nd (3) 18

Rob Blount – 363 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (1) 6

Ashley Hull – 343 – NO PICK SENT (2) 12


Summary of Picks:

Kyle Busch-4

Kevin Harvick-2

Ryan Blaney-1

Kyle Larson-1

Martin Truex Jr-1

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