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MID-PACK ATTACK: Pennsylvania 500

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For our top five picks for this week's race, check out , but as fantasy players, we know that you must pick more than just top-tier drivers so Mid-pack Attack is here to help. Unless otherwise noted, the stats are for a driver's career and include all Winston Cup races at Pocono Raceway. These are our mid-packer picks, but what do you think? Let us know in the , then watch the race Sunday. Stay tuned for the return of Fox Sports Net's on Sunday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. ET to see how your pick stands up against our experts. Pocono Raceway is a very demanding track not only on the drivers, but on the equipment as well. It is a 2 1/2-mile triangular oval with different length straightaways and different banking in the three turns. The frontstretch is 3,740 feet where the cars are going 200 mph into a tight 14-degree banked first turn. The backstretch is 3,055 feet leading into an eight-degree sweeping Turn 2. The short straight is 1,780 feet running into a tight six-degree Turn 3. Some drivers may shift up to three or four times each lap so transmissions and brakes are crucial. The track has been described as "the superspeedway that drives like a road course." The facility was built in 1968 as a three-quarter mile raceway and was expanded to its current 2 1/2-mile configuration in the early 1970's. The first 500-mile NASCAR race was held in 1974 and was won by Richard Petty in a 1974 Dodge. Here are some mid-pack sleeper picks for the Pennsylvania 500.
Pocono Raceway
Driver Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Times led Laps led
5 0 1 1 0 2 3
COMMENT: Since his win at Michigan in June, 's finishes in the No. 97 Ford have been 28th, 36th, 38th and 11th. He started the Pocono race last month in 10th, but crashed with seven laps to go and ended up 36th. Busch can do well at Long Pond and proved it last year with a runner-up finish in this race.
33 3 13 18 0 46 518
COMMENT: Early in the June Pocono 500, something broke on 's No. 88 Ford sending him hard into the wall. He had just pitted and his full tank of gas resulted in a fiery crash. Jarrett was uninjured and finished 42nd. Usually, this is his track, owning the best average finish of 6.8 over the last five years. Jarrett has three Pocono victories.
33 0 17 24 3 48 338
COMMENT: It's hard to think of and the No. 6 Ford as a mid-packer, but he's sitting 12th in the point standings. He was only 55 points out of first place at this time last season. Martin has had nine top tens in the last 11 races at Pocono, with the most recent, a runner-up finish in June. This makes him a great fantasy pick for this weekend's race.
19 0 0 0 0 4 7
COMMENT: never got a chance to show his stuff in his first ride last week since leaving the Petty Enterprises No. 43, wrecking halfway through the New England 300. Andretti has been a mid-packer at Pocono with most finishes in the 20's, but he will be trying to improve on that to secure a full-time seat in the No. 0 Pontiac.
46 2 6 18 1 29 161
COMMENT: The No. 5 Chevrolet driver, , has four top tens in the last seven races which includes a seventh at Pocono in June. Labonte picked up a pole in 1987 and wins in 1989 and 1995. He has an average finish of 20th for the last 10 races at the Long Pond, PA track.
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