NASCAR Picks for Pocono
Joey Logano, #22 Shell-Pennzoil, Penske Racing [Yahoo Class B]
He has been in a nice little zone at Pocono recently, and he could make a solid addition to rosters this weekend. In addition to winning at the track in June of 2012, he has cracked the top 15 in four of his last five starts, including three straight. Logano finished 10th at Pocono earlier this year, and he should end up in or around the top 10 once again this weekend.
Clint Bowyer, #15 5-Hour Energy, Michael Waltrip Racing [Yahoo Class A]
Bowyer has been solid but unspectacular at Pocono in recent years. He hasn't finished worse than 18th in his last 10 starts at the track, but he has just a single top-five finish during the stretch. Bowyer finished 15th at Pocono in June, and while he shouldn't hurt fantasy teams this weekend, expecting anything more than another top-15 could be a recipe for disappointment.
Greg Biffle, #16 3M/Bondo, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]
If you are feeling lucky this weekend, Biffle might be the ultimate trump card. Although he has just five top-10s in the last 20 races at Pocono, he has delivered a couple of excellent performances, winning in 2010 and finishing second earlier this year. Although a top-15 finish is likely all Biffle will provide, there is a slim chance he competes for the win.
Juan Montoya, #42 Target, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Although he is a high-risk pick most weeks, Montoya has actually been consistent at Pocono. He has landed in the top 20 in eight of his last nine starts at the track, logging five top-15 finishes. Montoya also battled back from a wreck at the track in June to finish 14th, and he should make a solid sleeper option again this weekend.
Carl Edwards, #99 Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]
While he is a two-time winner at Pocono, Edwards' strong runs have been sprinkled in between several mediocre outings. He has finished outside the top five in his last five starts at the track and in seven of his last eight. Not to mention the fact that a lackluster 18th-place run at Pocono earlier this year doesn't inspire much confidence for this weekend's race.
Mark Martin, #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1, Stewart-Haas Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Although he is a seven-time runner-up at Pocono for his career, his recent runs have been a little less impressive. Yes, he did finish second at the track last June, but the second-place run is his only top-five at the track since 2005 and his only top-10 in his last five starts at the track. A strong run is possible, but a top-15 finish is the more likely result for the veteran.
Paul Menard, #27 Menards, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Despite a rough outing at Pocono earlier this year, Menard's overall record at the track in recent years has been encouraging. He has five top-15 finishes in his last six starts, including three finishes of 11th or better in his last four starts. A top-15 finish isn't out of the question this weekend, and Menard is definitely in play as a sleeper option.
Jeff Burton, #31 Caterpillar/Cheerios, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]
Burton notched a respectable 11th-place finish at Pocono earlier this year, and while that may be the high end of what to expect from him this weekend, he still has some fantasy value as a sleeper option. Burton has finished inside the top 20 in six of his last seven starts at the track, and he hasn't finished worse than 22nd since 2005. At the very least, he shouldn't hurt owners this weekend.
Jamie McMurray, #1 McDonald's/Cessna, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]
The career numbers at Pocono aren't pretty for McMurray, but he has strung together three straight decent efforts at the track. He has reeled off three straight finishes of 17th or better, including a pair of top-15 finishes. McMurray finished 13th at Pocono in June, and owners might be able to squeeze one more decent finish out of him before he reverts to his typical numbers.
Martin Truex, Jr., #56 NAPA Auto Parts, Michael Waltrip Racing [Yahoo Class B]
On the plus side, Truex has four top-12 finishes in his last six starts at Pocono, including a third-place run last August. The bad news is that he has finished 20th or worse in two of his last three starts, including a 23rd-place run earlier this year. It is tough to trust Truex this weekend given his wildly inconsistent results at Pocono lately.
Marcos Ambrose, #9 Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]
He is in the middle of the best stretch of his career at Pocono, and Ambrose has reeled off four straight top-20s at the track. More importantly, he has finished 17th or better in his last three starts, including a top-10 effort last August. Ambrose is probably best suited as a sleeper option in deeper leagues only, but don't be surprised if he sneaks into the top 20 Sunday.
A.J. Allmendinger, #47 Kingsford/Clorox, JTG Daugherty Racing [Yahoo Class C]
Since logging a top-10 at Pocono in 2010, Allmendinger has had his issues at the track. He has failed to crack the top 15 in his last five starts, and he has finished outside the top 20 four times during the stretch. Worse yet, Allmendinger has failed to even crack the top 30 in his last two starts at Pocono.
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