Thursday, June 19, 2014

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

Track Classification: Road Course
Similar Track: Watkins Glen International
Distance: 1.99 miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
All with 5 - Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Marcos Ambrose
Clint Bowyer - 4
All with 3 - Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart

By Track
All with 4 - Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Marcos Ambrose
Both with 3 - Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle

Recent Pole Winners:
2013 Jamie McMurray
2012 Marcos Ambrose

The Likely Suspects: Said-head and road-racing fans circle this weekend every year. It's time to make some lefts and rights. There is a small group of drivers who excel at this 12 turn, 1.99 mile track. This elite group includes: Jeff Gordon; Marcos Ambrose; Kurt Busch; Tony Stewart; and Clint Bowyer.

Beware of road-race ringers this week when doing your fantasy picks. It sure is fun watching Boris Said, but drivers who enter these races simply because of their acumen at road racing usually don't produce well for fantasy teams. Over the years Sprint Cup drivers, especially those who have experience at open wheel racing, have made major strides at tackling this track. Now the risk you take with going with a ringer is no longer valid when drivers like Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Martin Truex Jr. have mastered road racing.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Jeff Gordon and Marcos Ambrose. My next picks are Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger and Joey Logano. I'm rounding out my team with Kyle Larson and (holding my breath) Michael McDowell. Can't wait to see qualifying and my favorite turn -- Turn 11. I hope you enjoy the racing too.

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