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2014 NASCAR World Cup Group (of) D(eath): Pick two of Kenseth, Logano and Stewart

Throughout the summer we're running our second NASCAR World Cup. Will Carl Edwards repeat? Or will someone else take the title? Click here for a NASCAR World Cup explanation and a list of all the groups.

Group D: Matt Kenseth (2nd in points, 0 wins), Joey Logano (9th, 2), Tony Stewart (18th, 0), Justin Allgaier (29, 0)

Michigan Matchups: Kenseth vs. Logano, Stewart vs. Allgaier

Sonoma Matchups: Kenseth vs. Stewart, Logano vs. Allgaier

Kentucky Matchups: Kenseth vs. Allgaier, Logano vs. Stewart

It's close, but we think Group D is the toughest group and here's why. Kenseth has (obviously) been one of the best drivers in the Cup Series this season despite the lack of a win. Logano would be in Pot 1 if it wasn't for the issue he had on the final restart at Pocono on Sunday and the tracks and matchups line up really well for Tony Stewart to make a run. It could be possible to see this one come down to a couple of positions.

Here's why we like Stewart to advance. He's up against Allgaier at Michigan and he's been very good at the two-mile track, especially since the repave. Since 2010, he's only finished outside of the top 10 once and that was last June when he lost an engine. At Sonoma he draws Kenseth, who has one top-10 in 14 starts there, so Stewart should be 2-0 heading into Kentucky against Logano. This could be a situation where the deciding matchup in the group is between Logano and Kenseth at Michigan. And we'll give the slightest of edges to Logano.

Projected standings: Logano 3-0, Stewart 2-1, Kenseth 1-2, Allgaier 1-2

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