Thursday, November 10, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Can-Am 500 at Phoenix



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
Both with 4 - Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch
All with 3 - Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch

By Track
Kevin Harvick - 8
Brad Keselowski - 7
All with 6 - Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johnson - 5

Recent Pole Winners:
2015 Jimmie Johnson
2014 Denny Hamlin

Last Year's Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The Likely Suspects: Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards have punched their tickets into the Championship race at Homestead. This weekend we'll find out the two others drivers who will join them. As we approach the Round of 8 closer at Phoenix I'm focusing on these drivers for my fantasy team: Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick is Kevin Harvick because he's great at Phoenix and has his back to the wall in a must-win situation. My next choices are Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray. If you have any Ryan Newman starts left, then pull Jamie McMurray. I will round out my team with Alex Bowman and Michael Annett.

My Final Four: Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard and Alex Bowman

Points to Ponder:
  • Eight drivers have multiple wins at Phoenix. Among active drivers, Kevin Harvick leads the series with eight wins followed by Jimmie Johnson (four) and Carl Edwards (two).
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Phoenix with 10, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.
  • Among active drivers, Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Phoenix with 15, followed by Kevin Harvick with 12.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes at Phoenix with 19.
  • There have been 21 different Coors Light pole winners, led by Ryan Newman with four.    
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