Mike Forbes recaps the Pocono Organics 350!
On a Sunday that had three crazy races Denny Hamlin not only beat the rest of his competitors but he beat the setting sun. This time he bested Kevin Harvick in a reversal of the results from Saturday. The race started off with lightning delays and was followed by rain but in the end Denny was able to complete a two tire stop and keep Kevin Harvick behind him.
Toyota’s were strong all weekend but in Sunday’s race two of the highest finishers from Sunday had issues that took them out of the race and threw the fantasy Nascar world upside down. Kyle Busch had contact with Ryan Blaney that spent him head first into the wall and ended his day. Shortly after Christopher Bell would also have contact that ended his day as well.
Erik Jones, who we expected to have a strong weekend, rebounded from his crash yesterday and finished third. If you took the gamble and started him even though he started in the back of the field you were rewarded handsomely.
Aric Almirola had another fantastic run and came home fifth behind Chase Elliott and in front of William Byron. Many of these cars started at the back of the pack on the green flag but strong cars and smart pit strategy allowed them to finish in the top ten.
Clint Bowyer, Alex Bowman, and Martin Truex Jr rounded out the top ten.
Chevrolet and Hendrick cars finally showed some of the speed we had expected this weekend but fell short of the Toyota & Ford cars. At one point the only Chevy in the top ten was Ricky Stenhouse Jr but through pit strategy the 9,24, and 48 all managed to finish in the top ten.
Aric Almirola should be raising some eyebrows with his fourth straight top five finish. He is cementing himself as the clear number two in the Stewart-Hass racing stable behind Kevin Harvick. Speaking of Kevin Harvick it is amazing just how consistent the number four team has been this year. It seems every race you can put him in the starting lineup and you are guaranteed to have a top five finish.
When it comes to betting this weekend we gave you the winners in both races with Kevin Harvick yesterday and Denny Hamlin today. That makes six of the last eight races where if you are paying attention we are giving you free money. My own personal strategy is to play a unit on the drivers I put I spots one and two for the win. Cashing one of those means your race and/or weekend will be profitable no matter how your daily lineup does.
It’s smart to hedge because in DFS we need five or even six drivers to do well and if even one of those drivers has an issue it is really hard to make up with the rest of your lineup. Usually in cases like that you can still make a profit like we did today if the rest of your drivers are in the top ten to fifteen. Cashing the winning ticket means that is just the cherry on top to a great weekend.
Other things that went right for us this weekend were taking Clint Bowyer in the second race. He showed Saturday that he could run with some of his teammates and he backed that up again Sunday. At times Clint was our highest positioned driver but he was worth the pick and provided us some value.
Taking Kyle Busch out of the lineup Sunday helped substantially. Seeing that his teammate Denny Hamlin was the driver to go with provided us with the winner and a solid number one for daily. Kyle just hasn’t been the same this year and it is possible that the lack of practice this year is really hurting that team. He mentioned that on the Fox broadcast and if we get back to something close to normal later in the year I think Kyle can get back to being a must start again.
Some things that didn’t go so well were the crashes of Erik Jones Saturday and Michael McDowell Sunday. Both of those crashes took away chances for use to really cash some big tickets but as you know if you diversify your lineups then one crash won’t kill your weekend.
Pocono has never been one of my favorite tracks to watch a race at but I think the way Nascar presented them this weekend with the shorter races back to back really added some excitement. The races were compact and the urgency was there all weekend.
If you paid attention to the truck series and the Xfinity cars you saw a crazy amount of cautions and some really hard crashes. Three races in one day provided fantasy players a chance to take home some large prizes. What made it even more interesting was the lack of cup series drivers racing down in the lower series so the best guys in those races shined through.
I think the experiment worked well and I think of all of the new wrinkles in the schedule this year the double header weekend will be here to stay. That is great news for all of us who pay attention and understand what we are looking at each race. As we did this week, we are able to adapt and adjust and make the right calls to maximize our profits.
The only thing that is holding these races back now is the weather. I cannot believe how many of these races are being affected. Being one of the only sports doing live events right now I wish other nature would cooperate so that the new eyes that are on the sport could stay engaged. With new viewers that opens the door for more money in the competitions and we sit in position to capitalize.
With Pocono in the rear view mirror we look forward to the July 4th weekend in Indy. Usually teams that are successful at Pocono can translate that success at Indy. We will look forward to that and more later in the week after we cash the winning tickets from this weekend.