With the second to last pick for his team, the defending Prime Sports NASCAR champion, CJ, grabbed Austin Cindric for his seven driver field. It netted him 300 points by doing so.
Cindric, topped Bubba Wallace (Greg) in the third closest finish of Daytona 500 history last Sunday. Coincidentally enough, Greg picked Wallace with his last pick.
The late round choices paid off.
None of us had Chase Briscoe and Greg had fourth place finisher Ryan Blaney to get him two cars in the top four and gained him a total of 465 points last weekend.
CJ had a pair of top 10 finishers of Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott to go along with Martin Truex Jr. and Austin Dillon scoring points for 555 total for the week. Harrison Burton and William Byron got a goose egg.
Greg got a top 10 out of Brad Keselowski and top 20’s from Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman. The only driver to not score a point for his team, the defending Cup champion in Kyle Larson.
Eric had the worst week in only scoring 180 points. 3 of his drivers (Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick) were collected in crashes while Aric Almirola (5th) was his only driver in the top 10.
Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick scored some points.
Now, it’s to Fontana for the first time since 2019. It’s a new car with a new way of practice/qualifying so who knows what you can take from the past or not.
CJ has Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. who are the favorites.
Busch, has six top three finishes in his last eight Cup Series starts in Fontana. In Xfinity Series competition at Fontana, Busch has nine straight top eight finishes and 13 top three finishes in his last 14 tries. He’s a six time winner (2008, 2009, 2010, 2010, 2011, 2013) at that. Truex, has three top eight finishes in his last four Fontana tries and four top eight’s in his last six tries. He’s led 25 laps, 21 laps, 73 laps, 125 laps and 3 laps in five of his last six Fontana starts too.
He also has a sleeper in Austin Dillon. Fontana has been very kind to him in the past. Dillon, has three top 11 finishes on the 2-mile, D-shaped oval in his last four tries including two straight 10th place results between 2018 and 2019.
However, William Byron (he’s finished 15th in all three of his Fontana starts) and Chase Elliott (4 top 11 finishes in five Fontana tries, only one of which have resulted in a top five) may not fare as well though.
Eric may have a big week out of his bunch. Kevin Harvick hasn’t led a single lap in his last four Fontana starts, but he does have three top four finishes in his last six starts there though. Harvick, was fourth in 2019 and runner-up in back-to-back years (2015, 2016). Worth a gamble.
Joey Logano has four top five finishes in his last five starts at Fontana and five top sevens in his last six there overall. Aric Almirola is his top sleeper. He has just two top 10 in 13 career Fontana starts, but both came in the last two years too.
Denny Hamlin is his fade. He’s scored just one top five finish at Fontana since 2009. That was a third place effort in 2016. He does have four top seven finishes in his last five Fontana starts though and has led at least one lap in eight of his last nine races there including 10 of the last 12 overall.
Greg may get the most points on consistency. Larson has three top two finishes in six career Fontana tries including a win in 2017 and a runner-up in 2018. While he was only 12th last year, he didn’t quite have a handle on the new racing package yet. He’s the other driver with a top 10 finishes in both races this season. Larson, was second and eighth (1 lap), 11th and 16th (5 laps), 10th (10 lap), ninth (15 lap) and sixth (20 lap) himself. Blaney, was ninth in 2017, eighth in 2018, fifth in 2019 and the only reason he was 12th in 2020 was due to a late race cut tire while running inside the top three. He led the second most laps (54) that day and was a top car all weekend.
Keselowski has six straight top 10’s including a win in 2015 and four straight top fives. Bowman is the defending winner while Kurt Busch has six top 10 finishes in his last nine starts at Fontana including a sixth place run in 2019 and third in 2020. He also has five top six finishes in his last eight too.
2022 FANTASY STANDINGS
1 TEAM CJ – 555 points (1 win)
A Cindric… 300 (1 win)
Kyle B… 90
C Elliott… 90
M Truex Jr… 60
A Dillon… 15
H Burton… 0
W Byron… 0
2 TEAM GDP – 465 points
D Wallace… 180
R Blaney… 120
B Keselowski… 90
C Buescher… 30
Kurt B… 30
A Bowman… 15
K Larson… 0
3 TEAM ERIC – 180 points
A Almirola… 120
D Suarez… 30
K Harvick… 15
J Logano… 15
C Bell… 0
D Hamlin… 0
T Reddick… 0
Weekly Race Points Standings
Week 1 Daytona 500 (Prime 3 Race)
1 CJ 555
2 GDP 465
3 ERIC 180
Overall Driver Standings (Top 10)
1 A Cindric… 300 (CJ)
2 D Wallace… 180 (GDP)
3 A Almirola… 120 (ERIC)
3 R Blaney… 120 (GDP)
5 Kyle B… 90 (CJ)
5 C Elliott… 90 (CJ)
5 B Keselowski… 90 (GDP)
8 M Truex Jr… 60 (CJ)
9 C Buescher… 30 (GDP)
9 Kurt B… 30 (GDP)
9 D Suarez… 30 (ERIC)