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2019 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Tough race for us fantasy fans when fuel mileage eliminates your drivers from contention, but that is part of racing. That is something no one can predict and as fantasy players this is where luck comes into play. So, congratulations to Kevin Harvick who picked up his second win of the season and five playoff points. He was one of the fastest cars all weekend and the big thing here is they won on an intermediate track as we get closer to the playoffs.

BASS PRO SHOPS NRA NIGHT RACE

This week the series heads back to the Bristol Motor Speedway and the running of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. I think there is the possibility of some very exciting and entertaining racing this weekend as we get that much closer to the playoffs and the bubble teams are all still fighting for the final few spots in those playoffs. A win is what everyone close to the bubble is looking for because if someone not in the top sixteen wins a race that hasn’t yet this year then there will be one less spot to fight for on points.

Kyle Busch: Kyle has won three of the last four races here, so why shouldn’t he win again this week? His last two finishes weren’t even close to what he expects and this week he is expecting to win again. With his confidence and driving ability he is going to have to have some type of problem to not win this race.

Kyle Larson: This is my dark horse this week and he is the driver that can help you make a move in your league. He looked really good at Michigan last weekend coming away with a third place finish and he has been very good at Bristol lately. In fact he finished second in both races here last season and I think his luck is starting to change. I look for him to have a fast car and be in contention throughout this week’s race.

Kurt Busch: Kurt won this race last year and finished second here in April. They were having a great run at Michigan last week until they ran out of gas on the final lap and now this is one of their best chances to get some more playoff points in the next few races. This might end up being another classic brother verses brother finish that makes most fans want to keep watching.

Joey Logano: After a disappointing finish at Michigan last week when they had to stop for fuel with just a few laps left in the race this team is going to be looking for a little redemption and to try and wrestle the regular season points lead away from Kyle Busch. Joey has seven top ten finishes in his last eight starts here and should be good once again this weekend.

Ryan Blaney: Another of the Penske drivers who was disappointed with their finish last week because of fuel issues, Ryan has run very well at Bristol recently and will be looking to win his first race of the season and gain some playoff points. Ryan has lead at least one-hundred laps in each of his last three starts at Bristol and if you can lead that many laps here you can dominate an entire race. Look for him to be a contender once again this weekend.

Jimmie Johnson: With eight top ten finishes in his last ten races at this track, Jimmie might have his best shot at winning a race this year and making the playoffs this weekend. Right now they are in a battle for the final playoff spot and a win would guarantee them a spot. This is one of those drivers you are going to see be very aggressive this weekend to try and win this race.

Erik Jones. Two years ago Erik lead more than half of the fall race at Bristol and finished second. He has shown a lot of speed this year and a lot of ability to get the job done at all types of tracks. This could be the week that they break through into the win column for this year and gain some momentum heading into the playoffs.

Clint Bowyer: With six top ten finishes in his last eight starts at Bristol and a bit of a chip on his shoulder, Clint is another driver who will do whatever he can to pick up the win this weekend and get those five extra playoff points. This is the type of track where Clint has been his best no matter who he was driving for throughout his career. I think he could make this race interesting.

Ryan Newman: Ryan is another of the drivers who is close to the bubble and this is one of his best tracks. He has three top ten finishes in his last four starts here and isn’t afraid to mix it up a little bit on this track if someone starts it. He is one of the hardest drivers to pass each and every week and he won’t make it easy this week at Bristol for any driver who wants to get by him.

Kevin Harvick: With seven top ten finishes in his last eight races at Bristol and momentum on his side from his win last week at Michigan, Kevin might be ready to win back to back races once again. They have to feel much better at this point of the season now that they got a win on an intermediate track and would love to grab some more playoff points. Look for them to have another good car this weekend.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Kyle Busch
  • Kyle Larson

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Ryan Blaney
  • Clint Bowyer
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Ryan Newman

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Matt DiBenedetto
  • Ty Dillon

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Ryan Blaney
  5. Joey Logano

Dark Horse: Kyle Larson

Stay Away From: Aric Almirola

Big 18: Kyle Larson

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2019 Michigan International Speedway, Consumers Energy 400

Chase Elliott goes back to back at Watkins Glen holding off Martin Truex Jr. for the second straight year to win his second race of the season. Other than those two, there really wasn’t anyone who was in contention for the win this week. The Toyota teams had a great amount of success overall taking four of the top six spots in the race.

CONSUMERS ENERGY 400

This week the series heads back to the Michigan International Speedway. There are only four races left before the playoffs start and they are going to be run on four very different tracks. This week the drivers will be on a two-mile D-shaped oval track where speeds should reach over 200 miles per hour. This track really showcases the new aero package the series is running this season.

Joey Logano: Joey won the race here in June and I will pick him to repeat once again this weekend. He has only finished outside of the top ten here once in his last thirteen starts, winning three of those races. after the showing he put on here the first time this year it is hard to pick anyone else to win this race.

Kyle Busch: Kyle hasn’t won here since winning back in the 2011 season. However, he has reeled off three straight top five finishes and five straight top ten finishes here. After having a few run ins at Watkins Glen last weekend I think this team will be itching to get back on the track and see if they can pick up some more playoff points.

Martin Truex Jr.: Martin is still looking for his first win at Michigan in his career although he has numerous second and third place finishes at this track. He has been one of the better drivers with the new aero package and finished third here in June. This team could really use some more playoff points and you need to win stages and races to get them. His first win here couldn’t come at a better time.

Kevin Harvick: Kevin has lead more laps at this track in the last five races run here than any other driver. He has also finished in the top five in nine of his last thirteen starts here. This team has looked good early on at these types of tracks this season only to have pit issues or fade towards the end of the race. Those are two things they will have to eliminate if they want to win a championship this season.

Chase Elliott: Chase finished second in his first three career starts and in the top ten in his first six starts before finishing 20th here in June. The Hendrick teams struggled with speed early in the year, but they seem to have found that speed lately. After winning last week at Watkins Glen this team will have a lot of confidence heading into this weekend and should be in contention throughout this race.

Brad Keselowski: Brad is looking for his first win at what he considers his home track. He almost pulled that off in this race last year when he finished second. In the August race two years ago he lead over 100 laps, but finished a disappointing seventeenth in that race. The Penske teams have shown speed all year and Brad is going to win here before the end of his career and this might be the weekend.

Ryan Blaney: In his three starts here since moving to Penske Racing, Ryan has finished in the top ten in all of them. This is the type of track where he excels because of how wide it is. He can make moves and run in different grooves here without getting himself in too much trouble. He just needs to have a little more patience and let his crew adjust the car throughout the race so he has a shot at the end.

Kurt Busch: Kurt finished second here in the June race and has shown a lot of potential in this his first season with Chip Ganassi Racing. He already has a win and is qualified for the playoffs. If they can have another good showing this weekend that will make them a legitimate contender for the championship this season as the majority of the last ten races are on intermediate tracks. A few more playoff points would help too.

Kyle Larson: Let’s not forget that Kyle won three straight races here not too long ago. This team has struggled quite a bit this year, but most of that is due to bad luck. They have shown flashes of what they can do recently and this might be the track where he can break out of his slump. I think he is worth taking a chance on if you need to make up ground in your league.

Denny Hamlin: Denny has really been consistent this season and though he really seems to run better on the flat tracks and the restrictor plate tracks, he can still get the job done on the intermediate tracks. This is the race before the start of the playoffs where they might really do some experimenting on set ups and such to see if they can improve heading into the playoffs and all of those intermediate tracks.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Joey Logano
  • Martin Truex Jr.

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Ryan Blaney
  • Kurt Busch
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Erik Jones

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Daniel Hemric
  • Chris Buescher

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Kevin Harvick

Dark Horse: Kyle Larson

Stay Away From: Jimmie Johnson

Big 18: Joey Logano

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2019 Watkins Glen International, GoBowling at The Glen

Congratulations to Denny Hamlin who picked up his third win of the season this past weekend at Pocono. Now there are only five races left until the start of the playoffs and we only have nine drivers who have punched their ticket for those playoffs. The other seven spots are still up for grabs and anything can happen in these final five races. A win can get you in as long as you are in the top thirty in the point standings.

GOBOWLING AT THE GLEN

This week the drivers heat to Watkins Glen International for the running of the GoBowling at The Glen. This is the second road course race of the season and could have a lot of say in who gets into the playoffs and who is left out. The drivers who are on the bubble will really need to run well here and stay out of trouble or it could be a disastrous weekend for them. This track is hard on equipment and something that breaks on your car can end your chances at making the playoffs.

Martin Truex Jr.: I am going to pick Martin to win this week’s race. He won here two years ago and then followed that up with a runner up finish last season. He also won the race at Sonoma earlier this year at the other road course race that was run. This team has gotten really good at this type of track and Martin should be the odds on favorite to win once again.

Kyle Busch: Kyle has two career wins at this track and will most likely be the driver to put the most pressure on his teammate, Martin Truex Jr. and challenge him for the win. Besides his two wins here he has also finished in the top ten in twelve of his fourteen career starts Watkins Glen and those are good stats for any track.

Daniel Suarez: Daniel has finished in the top five in both of his starts at this track. Not a lot of data to look at when you only run two races somewhere, but he must be doing something right. The question is going to be, will he be able to do it again now that he is driving for Stewart-Haas Racing instead of Joe Gibbs? I think he has a chance as all of the Stewart-Haas drivers are pretty good on this type of track.

Erik Jones: Erik is another driver who has only run two races here, but he has finished in the top ten in each of those races. It looks like the Gibbs drivers will be the cream of the crop this week. This is one of the teams who are sitting on the bubble. Currently they would be in the playoffs, but a bad finish coupled with a new winner could knock them out. This is going to be a big test for this team.

Denny Hamlin: I might as well talk about the last of the Gibbs drivers and last week’s winner. Denny won this race three years ago and sat on the pole here for last year’s race. Qualifying is huge here as the pole sitter gets to pick the best pit stall and that often leads to getting great track position and gaining spots on pit road. I think all four of the Gibbs drivers have a great shot to win this week.

Kurt Busch: Kurt is still looking for his first win at this track, but usually runs quite well here. He has finished in the top ten in nine of his last fifteen starts at Watkins Glen and has been having a great year in his first season with Ganassi Racing. With a win under his belt he can relax a little bit knowing he is qualified for the playoffs and that makes it easier to run here.

Joey Logano: Joey is pretty good on the road course tracks himself and has won once here in ten starts. He has also finished in the top seven in five of those starts. This team already has multiple wins on the season and is looking for nothing more than winning stages and races to gain some more valuable playoff points. He could take some chance with different pit strategy to try and pick up some more of those points.

Chase Elliott: Let’s not forget about last year’s race winner at Watkins Glen. Chase is going to come into this weekend with a lot of confidence and hopes for going back to back here. He lost an engine at Sonoma earlier this year, so I think he will really be looking forward to defending his win from last season this week. I think he is worth taking a shot on if you are looking to make a move in your league.

Brad Keselowski: Brad finished second here three years in a row during the 2011-2013 seasons. This is the type of track where he isn’t afraid to trade a little paint with other drivers and really relishes that part. After races he doesn’t really seem to care who wins as long as he is in the mix and he is good about taking a pounding as well as giving one out. Another driver to maybe take a chance on this weekend

Kevin Harvick: Kevin has one win at this track and has finished in the top ten in half of his eighteen starts at this track. Now that he has a win on the season he can relax a little and not have to worry about the point standings. However, he knows how important playoff points are and he will do everything in his power to pick up some more of those valuable points over the next five races.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Martin Truex Jr.
  • Kyle Busch

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Daniel Suarez
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Erik Jones
  • Kurt Busch

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Matt DiBenedetto
  • Daniel Hemric

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Erik Jones
  5. Brad Keselowski

Dark Horse: Daniel Suarez

Stay Away From: Alex Bowman

Big 18: Denny Hamlin

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2019 Pocono Raceway, Gander RV 400

Congratulations to Kevin Harvick who picked up his first win of the season this past weekend at New Hampshire. He is now guaranteed a spot in the playoffs and received five playoff points to go with the win. Denny Hamlin had the dominant car on the day and tried everything he could to get by Harvick on the last lap including bumping him a couple of times, but he couldn’t quite get the job done.

GANDER RV 400

This week the series heads back to the Pocono Raceway for the running of the Gander RV 400. This is a triangular track with three different configurations in each of the corners which makes it very tough on the crew chiefs to set up the cars correctly. Add to that the fact there is always the threat of rain in the Pocono Mountains, so you never know what the track is going to be like as the weekend progresses.

Kyle Busch: I am going to pick Kyle to win once again this weekend. He has won three of the last four races he has run at this track including the last two. He is hungry for another win and a chance to pick up more playoff points as we close in on the start of those ten races.

Martin Truex Jr.: Martin was the last driver to win before Kyle won the last two races. He has won two of the last nine races he has run at this track and lead laps in six of those races. He always seems to run very well at this track.

Kevin Harvick: Kevin had a streak of five straight top five finishes snapped here in June and after winning this past weekend in New Hampshire this team is looking to go on a run heading towards the playoffs. We have seen it many times over the past few season where this team has put together winning streaks and this is the time to do it if you can.

Brad Keselowski: Brad has an even more impressive run going than Kevin has. He has finished in the top five in seven of his last eight starts. He will be a great driver to have on your team and will help you save some starts from the Big Three this week. He will be a contender once again this weekend.

Erik Jones: Erik has only run five races at Pocono, but he has three top five and four top ten finishes in those starts. He also ran very well at New Hampshire last week on another flat track and we have seen that the Gibbs drivers have shown speed this year and you need that on the long straightaways at this track.

Ryan Blaney: Ryan had a pretty good run last week also and won the June race here in 2017. On tracks where you need speed we know the Gibbs and Penske drivers have been the best so far this year followed by the Stewart-Haas teams. If he can stay out of early trouble this week he should be a contender at the end.

Denny Hamlin: Let’s not forget about Denny. After almost coming away with a win and now heading to Pocono this team will have a lot of confidence when they get to the track. Denny won four of his first nine starts at this track, but hasn’t won since the last of those back in the 2010 season. However, this team has really looked good on the flat tracks all year and should have a shot at returning to victory lane at this track.

Chase Elliott: Chase has only run seven races at this track and has come away with six top ten finishes. He has shown that he can win on road courses and sometimes Pocono can run a little bit like one of those tracks because of the three different configurations in the corners. My concern would be the speed on the straightaways, but the Hendrick teams have shown a bit more lately.

Daniel Suarez: Daniel is another young driver who doesn’t have a lot of experience at Pocono. However, in five starts he has three top ten finishes including a runner up finish in the July race last year. This team is hard to predict right now as they haven’t really shown any consistency, but he is worth having on your roster and might be able to save you some starts on some of your other drivers.

William Byron: William is my dark horse this week. Even though he only has three starts at this track he has finished in the top ten in each of the last two. He has really been running pretty well lately and he is another driver you can put on your roster and start if he runs well in practices and qualifying this week.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR POCONO RACEWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Kyle Busch
  • Brad Keselowski

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Denny Hamlin
  • Ryan Blaney
  • Daniel Suarez
  • William Byron

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Daniel Hemric
  • Michael McDowell

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT POCONO RACEWAY

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Kevin Harvick

Dark Horse: William Byron

Stay Away From: Aric Almirola

Big 18: Brad Keselowski

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2019 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

We now have nineteen races in the books which means we only have seven more to go before the playoffs start. Kurt Busch cemented his spot in those playoffs with his first victory of the season on Saturday night in Kentucky. There are only eight drivers in the series who have wins that has them qualified for the playoffs and that means there will be at least one driver who gets in on points, but I’m guessing it is going to be at least six and very likely eight. It is very tight for those last few spots, so these last seven races are really important to those drivers who are on the edge.

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO 301

This week the series heads to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, also known as “The Magic Mile”, for the running of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. This track is just slightly longer than a one-mile oval with minimal banking in the corners. Some of the other interesting facts are that Ryan Newman has won the most poles here with seven, and Denny Hamlin has the best average finish of any driver at this track.

Kyle Busch: I am picking Kyle to win the race this week at New Hampshire. He won this race in the fall of 2017 and finished second here last July. In fact he has finished either first or second in six of his last eleven starts at this track and the way he has been running all season it is hard to see him not being a contender this weekend again.

Martin Truex Jr.: I really thought Martin would have a good car last weekend even after he didn’t practice well and that didn’t happen. I’m sure I’m not the only one disappointed in his results and this team will be chomping at the bit to get back on a track where he has been very good as of late. He has led more laps in the last three races here than any other driver and came away with top ten finishes in each of those races winning the first stage in each as well.

Kyle Larson: Kyle has looked much better lately and this is one of those tracks where he runs very well most of the time. In his nine starts here he has finished runner up three times including two of his last three starts here. This might be the week to take a shot with him on your roster if you need to make up some ground in your league or want to save some starts for some of your other drivers.

Kevin Harvick: Kevin is another driver who I’m sure is very disappointed in his finish last week at Kentucky and even though he will most likely make the playoffs on points he is probably pressing a little bit to get a win. This is a good track for him as he won this race last year and has won two of the last four run at this track. Look for him to contend if his pit crew can keep him track position for him this week.

Clint Bowyer: Clint has run much better this season and this is one of the tracks he really excels on. He scored points in each of the first two stages last season before having an accident later in the race which knocked him out of that race. I think he is someone to keep your eye on this weekend as he should run with the lead pack most of the day.

Kurt Busch: Last week’s winner has three career wins at this track and has momentum on his side. He struggled here a bit in his first bunch of seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing, but finished in the top ten in three of his last four starts with them. The question is will he struggle with his new team at this track, or will he be able to come away with another of those top ten finishes and try to make it two wins in a row?

Denny Hamlin: As I mentioned before, Denny has the best average finish at this track of all drivers. He has finished in the top fifteen in each of his last seven starts at this track and has run well on the short flat tracks once again this season. He is already qualified for the playoffs and is just looking to win stages and races to get playoff points and that means this team might try a different strategy to win this race which could cost him in the end.

Jimmie Johnson: Jimmie is one of the drivers who is sitting in a precarious spot right now when it comes to the playoffs. Right now he would be in, but one or two poor races could knock him out entirely. However, a win would ensure him a spot in the playoffs and this is the type of track where he can get that job done. Although he hasn’t won here since the 2010 season he has run with the leaders in his last three races here once again. This is another driver you might want to have on your roster this weekend.

Brad Keselowski: In his last fourteen starts here, Brad has only finished outside of the top fifteen once. He is another one of those drivers who really seems to excel on the short flat tracks and he is looking to gain some valuable playoff points over the next seven races. He is someone who is safe to have on your roster and then you can decide if you want to starts him after practice and qualifying.

Ryan Newman: Ryan is my dark horse this week. He has two wins at this track and even though he has only led two laps in his last thirteen starts at this track I think he has a small shot with Roush/Fenway Racing this year. With nineteen top ten finishes in thirty-three starts you can tell that he knows how to get around this track pretty well no matter whose team he is running on.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Kyle Busch
  • Martin Truex Jr.

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Clint Bowyer
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Ryan Newman

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Ty Dillon
  • Chris Buescher

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Clint Bowyer
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Kevin Harvick

Dark Horse: Ryan Newman

Stay Away From: Alex Bowman

Big 18: Kyle Busch