This weekâsÂ NASCAR fantasy picksÂ for Watkins Glen Go Bowling At The Glen.
Has anyone else been wondering what will become of Jimmie Johnson if he doesnât get a win â or at least win another stage or two â this season? If so, youâre not the only one.
Looks like Mr. H had the same thing on his mind this week when he reassigned Johnsonâs crew chief, Kevin Meendering, to a new position within the Hendrick organization. Johnsonâs new crew chief, Cliff Daniels, will assume the lead this weekend as the 48 team tries desperately to get something going at The Glen on Sunday.
While you canât blame every teamâs woes on whoâs leading them in the pits, you canât argue that the one-two-combination of Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson will go down in NASCRA history as a dynamic duo. But even with Knaus on board, the last few season of Johnsonâs career have been rife with trouble. Last weekend at Pocono was the first stage win for Johnson since NASCAR began the stage format. Let that sink in for a minute.Â The first stage win. Ever.
While everyone can hope that Daniels will be the one to light a fire under Johnson, it remains to be seen how much of a spark he has left. Donât get me wrong; I have nothing but respect for Jimmie Johnson. This future Hall-of-Famer was a consistent champion for several years, and he seems like an overall ânice guy.â But âniceâ isnât going to get you into the race-for-the-chase. And your future HOF shoe-in isnât going to help you get the 12 points you so desperately need to get above the cutoff line for the playoffs.
I hope that Daniels is the man. I hope that Jimmie can reach deep enough inside himself to pull out a win. Only time will tell on both accounts, and time is something that is running out fast for the 48.
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And now, here are this weekâs Brilliant, Bold, and Bonkers NASCAR Fantasy picks for Watkins Glen Go Bowling At The Glen
Road courses are always tricky, but this guy knows how to pull a rabbit out of his hat at The Glen. Donât be surprised if the 18 takes all this Sunday.
He only has one win here, but Truex knows how to get around a road course. Sweet finishes the last two weeks should give him enough momentum to cruise right to the winners circle.
Tired of seeing the same JGR guys in the brilliant category? Hamlin is on a tear right now, and heâs got the power to drive this one home for the second week in a row.
If the 41 team plans to get a win this season, Watkins Glen is one of the best places to go for it. Suarez has been good here in the past. Though heâs only been here twice, heâs finished in the top 5 both times. Victory lane is not an inconceivable notion for Sunday.
When a driver is hot, and they have decent numbers at a track, you pick them for your fantasy. No driver is hotter except Denny Hamlin, but I think that Jones has a real shot at getting his first win this weekendâas long as his JGR peers donât beat him to the finish line.
I hesitate to place Elliott in a position of possibility, but heâs been consistently good at The Glen, and thatâs a good sign. Elliott really needs to have a strong finish here in order to boost up his confidence a bit. He hasnât had a top 10 finish since Poconoâthe June race, not last week. I worry about the 9 team, but Iâm putting my good faith in him for a good result.
This just isnât a good track for the 42 team, and the last two races brought him an average finish of 14th. Better to wait until Michigan to give this guy the props he deserves because heâs not an ideal contender this week.
Newman has been around the block a time of two, and that includes 17 trips to Watkins Glen in his career. And you can see how well heâs done. This week, Iâd leave the 6 car out of the equation for fantasy.
The 17 hasnât had a good finish since Charlotte, and I donât see him coming out on the winning end of this road course. Unless thereâs a major catastrophe that takes out all of JGR and Hendrick, the chances of a win are slim-to-none.