Thursday, June 23, 2016

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
Both with 5 - Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson 
Kurt Busch - 4
All with 3 - Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle

By Track
Both with 4 - Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson  
All with 3 - Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle

Recent Pole Winners:
2015 A.J. Allmendinger
2014 Jamie McMurray

2015 Race Winner: Kyle Busch

The Likely Suspects: Road racing has a particular set of elite drivers who just get the lefts and rights. Look for these drivers to run well at Sonoma: Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart.  

My 2 Cents: Remember, drivers who were open wheelers do well at road racing in NASCAR, but road course ringers usually don't. My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch. My next picks are Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray. I'm rounding out my team with Matt DiBenedetto and Ryan Blaney.

My Final Four: Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney.

Points to Ponder:
  • Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch have the most wins among active drivers at Sonoma with two each.
  • Six different manufacturers have won in the series at Sonoma, led by Chevrolet with 10 victories, followed by Ford with seven, Toyota (four), Dodge (three), Pontiac (two) and Buick (one).
  • The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more wins (five) than any other starting position at Sonoma Raceway.   
  • Almost three-quarters (19 of 27) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Sonoma have been won from a top-10 starting position.
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