Thursday, June 22, 2017

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma

By Carol D'Agostino

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
All with 4 - Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer
Both with 3 - Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick 

By Track
Kasey Kahne - 4  
All with 3 - Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer

Recent Pole Winners:
2016 Carl Edwards
2015 A.J. Allmendinger

2016 Race Winner: Tony Stewart

The Likely Suspects: Road racing is always a nice change of pace, but don't over think your picks this week. I will be focusing on these reliable drivers who have perfected their road racing skills: Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick.

My 2 Cents: Remember Carol's rule #1: resist the temptation of picking road course ringers. Inexperience racing with Cup drivers negates their road racing prowess. Stick with Cup drivers that are experienced road racers and you'll thank me on Monday. My no-brainer pick this week is a three way tie between Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne. My next picks are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray. I'm rounding out my team with Cole Whitt and Michael McDowell.

My Final Four: Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Michael McDowell.

Points to Ponder:
  • Kyle Busch leads all active MENCS drivers in road course wins with four (Sonoma, two and Watkins Glen, two).
  • Jamie McMurray leads all active drivers in Coors Light poles at Sonoma with three.
  • Six active MENCS drivers have wins at Sonoma; led by Kyle Busch with two victories (2008, 2015). Busch is the only active driver with multiple wins; Kasey Kahne (2009), Jimmie Johnson (2010), Kurt Busch (2011) Clint Bowyer (2012) and Martin Truex Jr. (2013) each have one win.  
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Sonoma with six victories; followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with four wins.
  • 20 of the 28 (71.4%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Sonoma have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Five active drivers are tied for the most runner-up finishes at Sonoma: Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman each have one MENCS runner-up finish on the famous road course.
  • Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in top-five finishes at Sonoma with seven. 
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes with nine.
  • Clint Bowyer leads all active drivers in average finishing position with a 11.455.  
Remember, if you're playing Yahoo! Fantasy Auto Racing, your pick deadline is Saturday June 24th at 5 a.m. EDT.

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