Prime Sports NASCAR – Fantasy standings heading into Watkins Glen

Its been a couple of weeks, but lets remind everyone where our fantasy standings are following the last race of the season at Loudon. Eric closed the gap again that race as his patience with Aric Almirola paid off. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver scored the win in New Hampshire and stamped his name in the playoffs via that victory.

He ended up having 1–4-10 that day in leading the way for the week at 185 points. That’s comes after being low man the week prior.

The points leader in CJ got 2-6 out of Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick while Greg had 3-4-9-11.

CJ leads Eric by 155 points heading into this weekend’s race at Watkins Glen with Greg being 560 points arrears.

CJ has 10 wins on the year but Eric is keeping pace with having 4 of his drivers in the top seven of the overall individual driver standings for points accumulated in our league. CJ has Kyle Larson in P1 but his next best driver is in seventh. That’s kept Eric on his heels all season.


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For Watkins Glen, CJ has Martin Truex Jr. who’s had a top two result in each of the last three visits the series has taken to the upstate New York track. He also has Larson who was runner-up in COTA and won in Sonoma this year. Also, Larson had a top three run going in Road America before being ran into by his teammate towards the end.

Eric has the favorite with Chase Elliott who’s won two straight in this race. The last driver to win three straight was Jeff Gordon (1997-1999). Mark Martin is the only other driver to accomplish that feat as he did so in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Elliott has also won six of the last eight road course races too.

Hendrick Motorsports has won 7 of the last 8 overall road course races in general. Counting Joe Gibbs Racing, them and HMS have combined to win each of the last 9 road course races.

Throw in Furniture Row Racing (Martin Truex Jr.) who was aligned with JGR, these three teams have won 12 of the last 13 road course races. The only one they didn’t win was when Ryan Blaney (Team Penske) was victorious in 2018 on the Charlotte ROVAL when Truex was crashed in the final turn on the final lap or else it would be 13 straight.

Stewart-Haas Racing is the only other team to have won since 2015 on road courses. Hendrick has won 8 times, JGR has won 4 times, Furniture Row, SHR and Penske each twice themselves. That’s 18 races.

Of the winners in this span, only Elliott (7 wins), Truex Jr. (3 wins) have won multiple times. Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Tony Stewart are the only other winners. Among them, Stewart has since retired and the others are currently inside of the playoff grid.

Eric also has Denny Hamlin who’s had three top eight results in four road course starts in 2021 to go along with three top fours in his last four starts at the Glen. His third best driver is likely Joey Logano who may not have had solid road course outings in Watkins Glen as of late, but he does have three top four finishes in four road course races this season too. These are Eric’s top three drivers on Sunday and three of the top five best on these tracks in 2021 too.

Greg has two of the three Penske’s who will line up 1-2-3 at the start of Sunday’s race Does track position bode well for them? Penske has struggled as of late on road courses, including Watkins Glen, so he has to hope for a banner day out of Kyle Busch in order to not lose more ground on Eric and CJ this weekend. Busch was 10th in COTA, fifth in Sonoma and third in Road America while Brad Keselowski was 19th,15th and 13th himself in those races with Blaney being 13th, 10th and 20th respectively too.

Ross Chastain is his sleeper though as the Chip Ganassi Racing driver has been at his best somehow on road courses. He was fourth in COTA and scored a pair of seventh place finishes in Sonoma as well as Road America. Alex Bowman is another solid play for him with having three top 10’s in four road course starts this season.

2021 PSN FANTASY STANDINGS

 

1 TEAM CJR – 3865 points (10 wins)

K Larson… 1240 (5 wins)

M Truex Jr… 630 (3 wins)

K Harvick… 575

C Bell… 455 (1 win)

A Dillon… 400

Kurt B… 385 (1 win)

R Stenhouse Jr… 30

Waived Drivers… (150)

2 TEAM ES – 3710 points (5 wins)

C Elliott… 880 (2 wins)

D Hamlin… 645

J Logano… 640 (1 win)

W Byron… 630 (1 win)

A Almirola… 305 (1 win)

T Reddick… 275

D Wallace Jr… 230

Waived Drivers… (105)

3 TEAM GDP – 3305 points (7 wins)

Kyle B 760 (2 wins)

A Bowman… 680 (3 wins)

B Keselowski… 570 (1 win)

R Blaney… 525 (1 win)

C Buescher… 265

M DiBenedetto.… 200

R Chastain.… 50

Waived Drivers… (255)

LEAGUE TRANSACTIONS

7/12 (After Race 20/Atlanta)

Team GDP claims M DiBenedetto (190 points) for D Suarez (105 points).

6/22 (After Race 18/Nashville)

Team GDP claims R Chastain for M DiBenedetto (190 points).

6/22 (After Race 18/Nashville)

Team CJR claims R Stenhouse Jr. for C Briscoe (150 points).

5/3 (After Race 11/Kansas)

Team GDP claims D Suarez for R Stenhouse Jr. (80 points).

 

4/13 (After Race 8/Martinsville)

Team ES claims T Reddick for R Chastain (105 points). 

3/22 (After Race 6/Atlanta)

Team GDP claims M DiBenedetto for E Jones (50 points). 

3/15 (After Race 5/Phoenix)

Team GDP claims R Stenhouse Jr. for M McDowell (15 points). 

3/1 (After Race 3/Homestead-Miami)

Team GDP claims M McDowellfor M DiBenedetto (5 points). 

Weekly Race Points Standings

 

Week 22 New Hampshire

1 Eric 185

2 CJ 130

3 Greg 125

 

Overall Driver Standings (Top 10)

 

K Larson… 1240 (CJ)

C Elliott… 880 (Eric)

3 Kyle B… 760 (Greg)

4 A Bowman… 680 (Greg)

D Hamlin… 645 (Eric)

J Logano… 640 (Eric)

7 W Byron… 630 (Eric)

7 M Truex Jr… 630 (CJ) 

K Harvick… 575 (CJ)

10 B Keselowski… 570 (Greg)

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