Thursday, November 7, 2013

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Phoenix Chase Race #9




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):
By Race
Kurt Busch - 4
All with 3 - Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman

By Track
Jimmie Johnson - 7
Mark Martin - 6
All with 5 - Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch

Recent Pole Winners:
2012 Kyle Busch
2011 Matt Kenseth

The Likely Suspects: Phoenix International Raceway has been dominated by Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing drivers. When picking this week, focus on that fact and then add in flat track masters. Look at these drivers to contend for the win this week: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon. However, I certainly wouldn't count out Matt Kenseth or Kevin Harvick.

My 2 Cents: The no-brainer picks from here in are going to be Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth. Though Jimmy Johnson has an edge over Matt Kenseth at Phoenix, both of these drivers will be going for the most bonus points possible. However, if you are like me and have no more Johnson and Kenseth starts left, go with Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin.

My next picks are Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman and Jeff Burton. Mark Martin should be a prime pick at Phoenix, but aside from last week in Texas he hasn't shown any real comfort in Tony Stewarts's No. 14. I will complete my team with (holding my breath) ... Danica Patrick and Elliott Sadler. Enjoy the race!

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