Daily Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations: Axalta Pocono 400

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A day after Jimmie Johnson won at Dover last week he immediately went to New York to have surgery on his skin cancer. What had been hush hush up until now was surely not a distraction last weekend as the diver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet won his 83rd career race. The good news for Johnson is that the cancer wasn’t as bad as first feared and he was right back into the car for qualifying Friday afternoon.

With Dover in the rear-view mirror the drivers of the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series will head to picturesque Long Pond Pennsylvania to run the 36th Annual Pocono 400. Up until the beginning of the 2012 season the races at Pocono were 500 miles but were cut to 400 miles at the beginning of the 2013 season. It will take at least 160 laps to put this one in the books as that what it will take to get around the 2 and a half mile track to equal 400 moles. The outlay of the track was modeled after three different north American tracks while being built back in 1969. The first turn was taken from the old Trenton Speedway in New Jersey while turn two was modeled after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leaving turn three to look exactly like the one at The Milwaukee Mile. All of these configurations will make for an interesting race here at ‘The Tricky Triangle’.  The 160 laps will be broken up into three stages with the first two segments being 50 laps in length which leaves the last segment to be 60 laps on length. Enough of the track facts and whatnot, let’s get down to the business.

Brad Keselowski ($10,100) has found something here at Pocono over his last three starts as he has finished in the top three in every one of them. Not to mention his win yesterday in the Xfinity race which should give him an even better idea of how the track will be today. The driver of the # 2 Miller Lite Ford already has two wins this season which includes a circuit leading seven top five finishes so far this season. It wouldn’t be too far of a reach to see Keselowski take the checkered flag as he will start from the 6th position when the green flag falls at 3 pm EST this afternoon.

Kyle Larson ($9,900) survived a scare in the final practice as he spun his car in turn two but was able to keep it from hitting anything. His speeds are at the top as usual as he will start from the 7th spot on the grid this afternoon. The driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet was also able to have the fastest car in the first practice and the third fastest car in the last practice. Larson has also finished no lower than 12th in his six starts here in upstate Pennsylvania. This should be more than enough reason to at least consider rostering him this afternoon.

Kyle Busch ($9,700) seems to be up to speed this weekend as he has not only captured the pole for the 36th Annual Pocono 400, he has also had one of the top two speeds in each of the two practices. The driver of the # 18 M&M’s Red, White and Blue Toyota has had his problems at Pocono as he has been involved in three wrecks over his last 10 starts. This is what happens to an aggressive driver here at The Tricky triangle, it’s either feast or famine. Get your fork as he could lead a lot of laps this afternoon.

Denny Hamlin ($8,900) hasn’t been having one of his better seasons as he sits in 14th place in the seasonal standings with just two top five finishes so far. The thing that Hamlin does have going for him however is his past performance here at Pocono. The driver of the # 11 FedEx Freight Toyota has six top 10 finishes in his last 10 starts here at Pocono Raceway. If you throw out the two races he crashed in, the numbers look even better. I’m not saying that Hamlin will win the race but he may be a better GPP option than Matt Kenseth or Joey Logano who will no doubt have more ‘roster appeal’.

As mentioned many times before, it looks like Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($8,500) has been a better driver since he made his decision to retire at the end of the year. He has finishes of 11th and 10th in the last two races but has racked up seven top 10 finishes in his last nine starts at Pocono Raceway. The driver of the # 88 Axalta Chevrolet will be scored from the 29th position but will start from the back of the field due to an engine change.

If you are looking for a few mid-tier drivers take a look both Jamie McMurray ($8,100) and Ryan Newman ($7,600). Both are off to a decent start this season with Newman grabbing a win early while McMurray has eight top 10 finishes so far this season. McMurray will start 8th while Newman will start in the row behind him in the 10th position.

If you looking for a wild card look no further than Darrell Wallace Jr ($6,200) whose price is just ripe for the picking. The rookie driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford will start from the 16th position as he fills in for the injured Aric Almirola. Regan Smith had been in the car over the past few weeks but the folks at Richard Petty Enterprises have decided to switch it up a bit. Wallace’s low price should help you squeeze a few front runners onto your roster.

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