Prime Sports NASCAR weekly fantasy team update leaving Pocono and heading to Indy

Eric thought that he had scored his 9th win of the season with Denny Hamlin being victorious for his 3rd victory of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series campaign at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday. Then came the DQ. Instead, it hands CJ the win with Chase Elliott and altering a lot with Hamlin and Kyle Busch being scored at the back. With Ross Chastain being crashed by Hamlin, Eric had 2 drivers in the back on Sunday and just 1 car in the top 5.

CJ went from having 2 of the top 3 finishers to just 1 but he still did have 4 of his 7 cars in the top 11. That’s why the gap is tighter now.

Greg leads CJ by 110 points with Eric just 55 points being CJ For 2nd.

Now we head to Indianapolis for Sunday’s Verizon 200 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, IMS Radio Network).

This is the 4th road course race of the 2022 season. The previous 3 were all won by 1st time winners in Cup competition. Ross Chastain scored his 1st ever Cup win at COTA back in March. His teammate Daniel Suarez did the same last month in Sonoma. Earlier this month, Tyler Reddick picked up his 1st Cup victory in Road America.

Does Indy follow suit?

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AJ Allmendinger won his 2nd career Cup race here last August and brought Kaulig Racing their 1st ever win in the process. 5 of the last 10 winners in the Cup Series on road courses were won by a driver earning their 1st or 2nd career win on them.

Winless drivers entered for this weekend’s race? Ty Dillon (0-for-187), Corey LaJoie (0-for-185), Harrison Burton (0-for-22) and Todd Gilliland (0-for-21).

Dillon has finished 20th, 23rd and 20th in the 3 road course events in 2022, LaJoie was 36th, 34th and 34th himself while the 2 rookies fared: 17-28-22 (Burton) and 16-24-25 (Gilliland).

That’s why I feel that streak ends Sunday.

Another factor to this is, Chevy has won each of the 3 road course races this season and the final 6 of 2021 for 9 straight wins on these tracks. If you go back to the 2019 race at Watkins Glen, Chevy has won 13 of the last 14 road races in general.

That’s why the Chevy drivers are tops in the odds and despite being 0-for-3 in 2022 on road courses, as to why Hendrick Motorsports drivers are favored too.
Chase Elliott (stats above) and Kyle Larson (stats above) are the heavy hitters.

HMS had won 9 of the last 13 overall road course races in general entering this season Counting Joe Gibbs Racing, them and HMS had combined to win 11 of the last 14 road course races in that span. Throw in Furniture Row Racing (Martin Truex Jr.) who was aligned with JGR, these three teams have won 14 of the last 18 road course races coming into 2022.

They’re each 0-for-3 this season with Trackhouse Racing winning two and Richard Childress Racing the other.
JGR (stats above) have struggled mightily on road races this year. So has SHR (stats above) which is why I feel this one will once again be largely dominated by Chevy powered teams.
Verizon 200 key stat
• 2nd race on the IMS road course and with a new car, no key stats to base anything off of for this weekend.

Live In Race Betting Trends To Watch
• None of the 3 road course races run this year saw the winner finish in the points at the end of Stage 1. May be best to look at drivers who finished 11th on back in Stage 1.
• 2 of the 3 road races saw the winner finish outside of the top 5 (8th, 4th and 10th). For this stage though, the winner likely comes from 6th-10th as a result. Last year, the main drivers punted on stage points each time.
6 of the last 7 race winners on the season didn’t lead a single lap in the first 2 stages.

2022 FANTASY STANDINGS

1 TEAM GDP – 4,145 points (6 wins)

R Blaney… 670 (1 win)

C Bell… 585 (1 win)

A Bowman… 585 (1 win)

K Harvick…485

T Reddick…440 (1 win)

C Briscoe… 430 (1 win)

B Keselowski 230

Waived/Traded Drivers… (720; 1 win)

2 TEAM CJ – 4,035 points (8 wins)

C Elliott… 925 (4 wins)

Kyle B… 740(1 win)

A Cindric… 660 (1 win)

M Truex Jr… 525

W Byron… 470(2 wins)

A Dillon… 425

E Jones… 235

Waived Drivers… (55)

3 TEAM ERIC – 3,980 points (8 wins)

R Chastain… 675 (2 wins)

D Hamlin… 645 (2 wins)

J Logano… 585 (2 wins)

D Suarez… 530 (1 win)

K Larson…510

A Almirola… 465

Kurt B…295 (1 win)

Waived/Traded Drivers… (275)

LEAGUE TRANSACTIONS

7/18 (After Race 20/New Hampshire)

Team GDP waives M McDowell (55 points) for B Keselowski (210 points).

5/27 (After Race 18/Nashville)

Team GDP waives R Stenhouse Jr. (105 points) for M McDowell.

5/16 (After Race 13/Kansas)

Team GDP waives J Haley (0 points) for R Stenhouse Jr.

5/9 (After Race 12/Darlington)

Team GDP waives B Keselowski (210 points) for J Haley.

4/25 (After Race 10/Talladega)

Team CJ waives H Burton (55 points) for E Jones.

3/15 (After Race 4/Phoenix)

Team GDP waives D Wallace (200 points) for C Bell.

3/14(After Race 4/Phoenix)

Team ERIC waives C Bell (35 points) for R Chastain.

3/2(After Race 2/Fontana)

Team GDP waives C Buescher (30 points) for C Briscoe.

3/29 (After Race 6/Texas Road) Team GDP Acquired K Harvick (120 points) and T Reddick (120 points) from Team ERIC forK Larson (170 points, 1 win) and Kurt B (160 points).

Weekly Race Points Standings

Week 22 Pocono

1 CJ 210

2 GDP 165

3 ERIC 110

Driver Standings (Top 10)

1 C Elliott… 925 (CJ)

2 Kyle B… 740 (CJ)

3 K Larson… 680 (ERIC)

4 R Chastain… 675 (ERIC)

5 R Blaney… 670 (GDP)

6 A Cindric… 660 (CJ)

7 D Hamlin… 645 (ERIC)

8 C Bell… 620 (GDP)

9 K Harvick… 605 (GDP)

10 A Bowman… 585 (GDP)

10 J Logano… 585 (ERIC)

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