Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Bristol Motor Speedway • Dover International Speedway
Martinsville Speedway • Richmond International Raceway
Distance: 1 Mile
Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
Jimmie Johnson - 5
Both with 4 - Mark Martin and Kyle Busch
All with 3 - Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, and Carl Edwards
Both with 6 - Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson
Both with 5 - Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch
Recent Pole Winners:
2012 Mark Martin
2011 Carl Edwards
The Likely Suspects: When pondering your picks this week think flat and short track greats, then cross reference with Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway driver rosters. For good measure check out loop data for Richmond International Raceway which is the most similar to Phoenix. So Sunday's likely suspects include Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, as well as Kyle Busch and Mark Martin.
My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick is a three-way tie between Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Mark Martin. My next picks are: Greg Biffle; Kyle Busch; and Ryan Newman. I will round out my team with A.J. Allmendinger and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kevin Harvick tends to run well at Phoenix, so he is definitely worth a look for your fantasy team this week.
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