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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Gander Outdoors 400

The summer season rolls on and it’s the time of year when many of the tracks that make up the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup schedule see a return visit.

Between the first race, and the second, the track goes through changes and the way teams handle the changed conditions is very different.  There’s already been two visits down to Daytona, and the differences in the track are extremely clear, with higher temperatures, a more sticky surface, and a lot more handling issues than what teams may face in February with a slightly cooler race, despite the green flag waving in daylight.

The second track to have a return visit doesn’t have the luxury of waiting five months between events.

In fact, the last time this track hosted a race was just the second weekend of June.  Fast forward to the very end of July, and the stars of the sport suddenly are back to the track that is triple tough, because its three turns before the lap ends.

NASCAR is back in the mountains of Pennsylvania, as the outdoor atmosphere welcomes back the stars to the Pocono Raceway.

The trick is to find the balance exactly right to make it through all three corners as best as possible, and that is ultimately the key to winning at this place.  Every participant is dying for another win, including one that has yet to break into the victory column since the beginning of the season.  The playoffs are near, and every point is mattering that much more.

Here’s their choices for victory in the Gander Outdoors 400:

 

Misan Akuya:  Aric Almirola

Third time could be the charm.

Rob Blount:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Martin Truex Jr.

I like the sweep of Pocono this year!!

Dustin Parks:  Chase Elliott

After getting Chevrolet’s second stage win this year, I am hoping that he finally breaks through to victory lane.  He’s been so close so much, it’s like Kyle Larson a few years back when he was running second so long before breaking into victory lane.  It’s time to get Chase to win one of these.

Trisha Rodisch:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Martin Truex Jr.

News flash, y’all. Truex Jr. sweeps the races at Pocono because he’s owning it this year.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

Two in a row, and lucky seven!!

 

Standings after New Hampshire:

Sal Sigala Jr. – 768 – Kyle Busch finished 2nd (4) 23

Ashley Hobbs – 733 – Kyle Busch finished 2nd (5) 26

Penny Whitecotton – 729 – Kevin Harvick WON (6) 31

Trisha Rodisch – 729 – Kevin Harvick WON (5) 28

Rob Tiongson – 673 – Brad Keselowski finished 32nd (3) 17

Dustin Parks – 651 – Jimmie Johnson finished 10th (0) 2

Billy Fellin – 639 – Denny Hamlin finished 13th (3) 22

Misan Akuya – 619 – Clint Bowyer finished 35th (4) 23

Rob Blount – 606 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 4th (2) 15

 

Summary of Picks:

Martin Truex Jr-6

Aric Almirola-1

Chase Elliott-1

Kevin Harvick-1

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