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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International

With the end of the regular season quickly approaching, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will head to Watkins Glen International this weekend. The 11-turn, 2.45-mile track will host Sunday’s Go Bowling at The Glen, the second road course event of 2019.

In many ways, last weekend’s race at Pocono was probably a good predictor of what could happen this weekend at The Glen. This is another track where drivers are able to pit under green without losing a lap, which really opens up the strategy playbook for crew chiefs. The timing of cautions and fuel mileage could end up being as a much of a factor in deciding the outcome as pure speed.… Continue reading ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway

It was just last month that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited Pocono Raceway, but it is already time for a return trip to “The Tricky Triangle” this weekend for Sunday’s Gander RV 400. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick were set for an epic battle here back in June, but a late pit road penalty for Harvick turned things into a runaway for Busch.

Track position and pit strategy are always crucial at Pocono, and while a small group of big names have piled up a bunch of excellent finishes at the track, stage points can actually be a little tough to predict. Since drivers running near the front can pit without losing a lap, you will often see several of the frontrunners pit right before the end of each stage, sacrificing stage points for track position.… Continue reading ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

After the Busch brothers battled it out last Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes a trip New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. Nicknamed “The Magic Mile,” the mostly flat, one-mile oval will host Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

The summer stretch of the NASCAR schedule features tracks with a variety of layouts, and while there are other one-mile tracks, New Hampshire’s combination of size and lack of banking poses some unique problems. For one, completing a pass underneath another driver is tough, which makes restarts and pit strategy crucial elements. The track’s layout can also use up brakes in a hurry, so drivers have to be careful about how the manage their equipment over the course of the afternoon.… Continue reading ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

After a wild, rain-delayed, rain-shortened race at Daytona that saw several big names crash out and ended with Justin Haley celebrating in victory lane for the No. 77 Spire Motorsports team in just his third Cup start, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night’s Quaker State 400. The bad news is that the chaos at Daytona probably didn’t do many favors for Fantasy NASCAR owners, but on the plus side, a trip to a mile-and-a-half track like Kentucky should be a decent opportunity to rebound.

There has been a lot of pushback over Haley’s wins, mainly because Spire Motorsports had been non-competitive the entire year prior to Daytona.… Continue reading ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway

Superspeedway racing returns to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend with the second trip of the year to Daytona International Speedway. The 2.5-mile track will host Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400, and while the race can be an unpredictable headache for fantasy owners, it is also a golden opportunity to save driver allocations in the Fantasy Live and Driver Group Game contests and a an opportunity to gain a lot of ground on the competition in all fantasy leagues.

Thanks to the pack racing at the superspeedways, multi-car wrecks are the norm and attrition is high. More importantly, attrition is high among all drivers, and even the biggest names are lucky to crack the Top 10 in 50 percent of their superspeedway starts.… Continue reading ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway

Fresh off the first road course race of the 2019 season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday’s Camping World 400. The race will already be the sixth of the year at a mile-and-a-half oval, and now that we have a decent sample size to work with, the unknowns of the new reduced-horsepower rules package aren’t nearly as daunting. In fact, Sunday’s trip to Chicagoland should be a golden opportunity to put up some big totals in your season-long Fantasy NASCAR leagues.

Fears that the new rules would lead to chaos on the track and shuffle up the driver hierarchy have been completely dismissed, and as has been the case for years, the big names form the big teams continue to dominate at these 1.5-mile tracks.… Continue reading ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Toyota / Save Mart 350

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is taking the weekend off, but the first road course event of 2019 season is waiting after the break. Sonoma Raceway will be the site of next Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350, and in addition to challenging drivers with elevation changes, combination turns and hard braking and shifting zones, Sonoma also puts pressure on crew chiefs to have the right strategy to keep their drivers at the front when it matters most.

The Toyota-Save Mart 350 will be the first of three road course races this season, and while certain drivers excel at the discipline, the pit strategy variable can make things a little tricky for fantasy owners.… Continue reading ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Coming off a race at Pocono Raceway where passing was next to impossible, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway this weekend. The track will host Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400, the first of two races at the D-shaped oval over the summer stretch and the second race of 2019 at a two-mile track.

After doing the exact opposite of creating exciting racing last weekend at Pocono, the 2019 rules package will no doubt be hammered in the court of public opinion over the course of the week. I am by no means a fan of the package. In fact, I think way more horsepower and way less downforce is the way to go.… Continue reading ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Pocono 400

After spending a couple of weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to one of its most unique stops on the schedule, Pocono Raceway. The massive, 2.5-mile track has earned the nickname “The Tricky Triangle” thanks in large part to its layout, but Pocono is also one of the tougher places for a driver to master because all three sets of corners have different configurations.

The difficult handling conditions make passing tough, and track position means everything. Restarts can be complete chaos down Pocono’s long, wide straightaways, and since drivers can usually pit under green without losing a lap, crew chiefs will employ a variety of strategies.… Continue reading ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Coca-Cola 600

Fresh off what I thought was an entertaining All-Star Race, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stays a Charlotte Motor Speedway for the longest race of the season, the Coca-Cola 600. The marathon-style, 400-lap event at the mile-and-a-half oval is considered one of the crown jewels of the sport, ranking alongside races like the Brickyard 400 and Southern 500 in terms of prestige.

On paper, the extra 100 miles of racing doesn’t seem like much, and there have been times where the added laps have had little impact on the outcome. On the flip side, there have also been plenty of example where that final 100 miles changes everything. From equipment failures to pit strategy and self-inflicted mistakes, a night’s worth of hard work can be undone in a heartbeat.… Continue reading ...