Thursday, March 10, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Good Sam 500 at Phoenix

Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Bristol Motor Speedway • Dover International Speedway  
Martinsville Speedway • Richmond International Raceway
Distance: 1 Mile

By Carol D'Agostino

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
All with 4 - Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski
All with 3 - Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano 

By Track
Both with 7 - Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano - 6
All with 5 - Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch 

Recent Pole Winners: 
2015 Kevin Harvick
2014 Brad Keselowski

Last Year's Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

The Likely Suspects: Last week the 1.5-mile wonders Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano ran well. Can they do it again on this one-miler where they have had decent finishes in the past or will Kevin Harvick just put on a show? Look for these drivers to run well this weekend: Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman. 

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick is Kevin Harvick with Joey Logano following closely on his heels. My next picks are Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray. I will round out my team with Ryan Blaney and Regan Smith.

My Final Four: Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne and Ryan Blaney.

Points to Ponder:
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Phoenix with 10, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.
  • There have been 23 different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners at Phoenix. Eight have won more than once, led by Kevin Harvick, with seven – (’06 spring race and Chase race, ’12 Chase race, '13 Chase race, ’14 spring race and Chase race, ’15 spring race).
  • The eight drivers that have won more than once at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with seven followed by Jimmie Johnson (four), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Jeff Gordon (two) Carl Edwards (two) and Mark Martin (two).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Phoenix with 15; followed by Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon with 12 each.
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