Fantasy NASCAR practice recap: Good Sam RV Insurance 500 

by Brian Polking on August 6, 2011 @ 10:33:23 PDT

 


Topping the charts in the opening session was former Pocono winner Ryan Newman. He should make a solid addition to fantasy rosters, and he has always been one of the more consistent performers at the track. Newman finished ninth in the June event, and at worst, he should be good for a top-15 finish with the potential for a top-five run.

Kurt Busch was second in the opening session, which is also where he finished in the June race. Busch is a two-time winner at Pocono, and his runner-up performance was the fifth of his career at the track. As well as he has been running lately, he should be considered one of the favorites this weekend and an excellent fantasy play.

A.J. Allmendinger

Rounding out the top five in the first practice were A.J. Allmendinger, Carl Edwards and Mark Martin. Fresh off a new contract with Roush Fenway Racing, Edwards will be racing with a weight lifted off his should. That could mean big things for a driver that has already won twice at Pocono. Meanwhile, Allmendinger could make a solid sleeper pick. He has finished as high as 10th at Pocono, and he has always run pretty well at flat tracks.

Only two drivers ran 10 consecutive laps in the first session, and Paul Menard had the best average speed of the group. Coming off his win at the Brickyard, he has to be considered the top sleeper this weekend. Menard has finished in the top 15 in his last two starts at Pocono, and also posted the eighth-fastest lap in the first practice. Not to mention the fact that Indy and Pocono have similar characteristics in terms of car setup.

In Happy Hour, Kasey Kahne climbed to the top of the charts. He has been a consistent top-15 driver at Pocono for the last few seasons, and he even picked up a win. Kahne could put himself in the middle of the wildcard conversation with a win this weekend, and fantasy owners may want to gamble that the extra motivation pushes the No. 4 team to a strong outing this weekend.

Martin ranked second in the session, followed by Richard Childress Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer. After struggling in the first session, Harvick seemed to find the setup in the final practice. He has finished in the top five in his last three starts at Pocono, and a similar performance could be in the works this weekend.

Rounding out the top five was Juan Pablo Montoya. He has finished eighth or better in four of his last five starts at Pocono, including a seventh-place finish at Pocono. He has been in the mix to win at the track on multiple occasions as well, and Montoya makes a solid addition to any fantasy roster this weekend.

Only four drivers ran 10 or more consecutive laps in Happy Hour, led by Jimmie Johnson. The two-time Pocono winner finished fourth at the track in June and has finished outside the top 15 only once in 19 career starts. More importantly, Johnson always does his best work in the second half of the year and beyond, and this is his time to shine.

Owners wondering about Pocono ace Denny Hamlin shouldn't be too worried. Although he didn't post a fast lap, he did record the top average speed in Happy Hour. Hamlin has had a car capable of winning at Pocono on every start at the track. As long as he doesn't blow an engine or cut a tire like he did in June, he will be in the mix for a win.

Happy Hour Speeds (sorted by Avg. Speed)

Rk indicates Best Lap standing

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Lap
Best Time
Avg. Speed
Laps
24
11
FedEx Office Toyota
165.435
54.402
163.911
35
29
37
164.678
54.652
163.836
7
6
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
166.349
54.103
163.778
16
5
42
Target Chevrolet
166.599
54.022
163.691
19
31
38
Long John Silver's Ford
164.399
54.745
163.660
9
32
51
Phoenix Construction/Security Benefit Chevrolet
164.300
54.778
163.567
9
16
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
165.773
54.291
163.534
29
1
4
Red Bull Toyota
167.520
53.725
163.313
28
37
46
Red Line Ford
164.003
54.877
163.165
7
12
20
Home Depot Toyota
165.923
54.242
163.153
27
7
39
Tornados Chevrolet
166.322
54.112
163.148
20
4
33
Good Sam Club Chevrolet
166.667
54.000
163.122
23
10
99
Ortho Home Defense Max Ford
166.174
54.160
163.108
28
34
55
164.054
54.860
163.097
8
36
87
AM FM Energy Toyota
164.048
54.862
163.052
7
23
88
AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet
165.453
54.396
162.970
41
17
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
165.749
54.299
162.964
40
8
2
Miller Lite Dodge
166.217
54.146
162.961
28
22
14
Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
165.462
54.393
162.942
37
18
24
Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet
165.740
54.302
162.923
35
20
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
165.587
54.352
162.920
21
3
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
166.756
53.971
162.909
24
39
66
HP Racing, LLC Toyota
163.863
54.924
162.906
8
25
83
Red Bull Toyota
165.174
54.488
162.874
26
14
16
3M/811 Ford
165.874
54.258
162.862
32
2
5
GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
166.834
53.946
162.786
31
26
27
CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet
165.032
54.535
162.773
21
11
18
M&M's Toyota
166.033
54.206
162.746
35
13
9
DeWalt Ford
165.877
54.257
162.684
28
15
22
Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
165.831
54.272
162.677
26
21
43
Best Buy Ford
165.526
54.372
162.673
30
42
30
163.274
55.122
162.608
9
27
17
Crown Royal Ford
164.745
54.630
162.561
25
19
1
Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
165.654
54.330
162.398
24
40
36
Golden Corral Chevrolet
163.758
54.959
162.229
16
9
78
Furniture Row Chevrolet
166.184
54.157
162.205
32
35
34
164.048
54.862
162.136
10
43
60
Big Red Toyota
163.194
55.149
162.019
5
28
6
UPS Ford
164.690
54.648
161.915
29
38
7
SPEED Energy Dodge
163.908
54.909
161.725
10
30
47
Reese Towpower/Highland Toyota
164.426
54.736
161.568
27
44
50
Green Smoke Chevrolet
162.487
55.389
161.507
9
33
35
Luke & Associates Chevrolet
164.201
54.811
161.324
11
45
13
GEICO Toyota
162.305
55.451
161.272
5
41
71
Interstate Moving Services Ford
163.690
54.982
160.661
13
46
32
Gunbroker.com Ford
160.436
56.097
157.898
16

10-Lap Average Speeds (must run 10 consecutive laps)

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
48
14
23
163.193
2
29
1
10
163.192
3
27
1
10
162.926
4
14
27
36
162.902

First Practice Speeds (sorted by Avg. Speed)

Rk indicates Best Lap standing 

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Lap
Best Time
Avg. Speed
Laps
9
18
M&M's Toyota
167.976
53.579
165.891
16
22
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
166.553
54.037
165.662
13
19
36
Golden Corral Chevrolet
166.636
54.010
165.370
7
1
39
Tornados Chevrolet
170.026
52.933
164.949
12
27
13
GEICO Toyota
165.798
54.283
164.864
9
29
55
164.962
54.558
164.736
3
16
83
Red Bull Toyota
166.868
53.935
164.502
19
2
22
Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
168.621
53.374
164.388
17
20
16
3M/811 Ford
166.599
54.022
164.306
19
13
14
Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
167.361
53.776
164.270
19
26
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
165.926
54.241
164.238
22
11
17
Crown Royal Ford
167.517
53.726
164.225
11
17
88
AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet
166.815
53.952
164.120
20
15
4
Red Bull Toyota
167.218
53.822
164.021
19
21
20
Home Depot Toyota
166.596
54.023
163.935
20
18
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
166.713
53.985
163.764
15
7
6
UPS Ford
168.108
53.537
163.759
15
5
5
GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
168.300
53.476
163.683
23
10
2
Miller Lite Dodge
167.679
53.674
163.667
22
12
78
Furniture Row Chevrolet
167.429
53.754
163.547
15
6
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
168.284
53.481
163.476
24
4
99
Ortho Home Defense Max Ford
168.360
53.457
163.421
16
38
87
AM FM Energy Toyota
163.408
55.077
163.408
1
24
33
Good Sam Club Chevrolet
166.000
54.217
163.402
24
3
43
Best Buy Ford
168.517
53.407
163.398
17
32
7
SPEED Energy Dodge
164.369
54.755
163.338
9
8
27
CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet
168.039
53.559
163.325
24
23
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
166.466
54.065
163.296
26
14
9
DeWalt Ford
167.302
53.795
163.148
17
31
42
Target Chevrolet
164.462
54.724
163.137
16
36
30
163.785
54.950
162.906
5
25
24
Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet
165.997
54.218
162.794
19
39
11
FedEx Office Toyota
163.348
55.097
162.672
19
33
34
164.291
54.781
162.519
12
28
47
Reese Towpower/Highland Toyota
164.971
54.555
162.284
13
30
51
Phoenix Construction/Security Benefit Chevrolet
164.899
54.579
162.186
16
34
66
HP Racing, LLC Toyota
164.147
54.829
161.979
7
41
60
Big Red Toyota
162.475
55.393
161.723
8
35
1
Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
163.905
54.910
161.692
23
42
50
Green Smoke Chevrolet
162.426
55.410
161.534
9
40
71
Interstate Moving Services Ford
162.690
55.320
160.779
16
37
38
Long John Silver's Ford
163.598
55.013
160.685
20
43
37
160.519
56.068
160.281
2
44
46
Red Line Ford
160.439
56.096
160.108
4
46
35
Luke & Associates Chevrolet
158.837
56.662
158.174
7
45
32
Gunbroker.com Ford
159.821
56.313
157.011
22

10-Lap Average Speeds (must run 10 consecutive laps)

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
27
15
24
162.774
2
31
17
26
162.667

Combined Average Speeds (weighted by # of laps run in each session)

Car
Driver
Team
Average Speed
Total Laps
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
164.193
42
39
Tornados Chevrolet
163.823
32
18
M&M's Toyota
163.733
51
4
Red Bull Toyota
163.599
47
13
GEICO Toyota
163.581
14
83
Red Bull Toyota
163.561
45
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
163.545
46
55
163.544
11
20
Home Depot Toyota
163.486
47
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
163.480
42
11
FedEx Office Toyota
163.475
54
42
Target Chevrolet
163.438
35
16
3M/811 Ford
163.400
51
14
Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
163.393
56
22
Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
163.353
43
88
AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet
163.347
61
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
163.272
36
2
Miller Lite Dodge
163.272
50
33
Good Sam Club Chevrolet
163.265
47
99
Ortho Home Defense Max Ford
163.222
44
36
Golden Corral Chevrolet
163.185
23
5
GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
163.168
54
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
163.156
64
87
AM FM Energy Toyota
163.097
8
17
Crown Royal Ford
163.069
36
27
CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet
163.067
45
37
163.046
9
43
Best Buy Ford
162.935
47
24
Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet
162.878
54
9
DeWalt Ford
162.859
45
30
162.714
14
51
Phoenix Construction/Security Benefit Chevrolet
162.683
25
78
Furniture Row Chevrolet
162.633
47
6
UPS Ford
162.544
44
7
SPEED Energy Dodge
162.489
19
66
HP Racing, LLC Toyota
162.473
15
34
162.345
22
46
Red Line Ford
162.053
11
1
Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
162.053
47
60
Big Red Toyota
161.837
13
47
Reese Towpower/Highland Toyota
161.801
40
38
Long John Silver's Ford
161.608
29
50
Green Smoke Chevrolet
161.521
18
71
Interstate Moving Services Ford
160.726
29
35
Luke & Associates Chevrolet
160.099
18
32
Gunbroker.com Ford
157.384
38
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About Brian Polking

Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.

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