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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway

Posted by chadmusselman on November 7, 2011

Only two races left and three points separating Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart.  Tony Stewart has really turned on the jets in the Chase amassing four wins in the eight races so far.  This should be one of the most exciting finishes to the season ever!  I have to give NASCAR kudos for the change in the point system and making every race of the season count for the championship.  There won’t be anyone wrapping up the title a race or two before the end of the season anymore.

The next to last race is in Phoenix, a relatively flat 1 mile tri-oval.  Ten of the chasers have won here in the past and only two regular drivers not in the chase have won a race here.  The main theme for picking drivers this week will be who’s been hot recently.  Most of the picks this week have a high average finish over the last five races.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Okay, so Jimmie Johnson hasn’t exactly torn it up over the last five races, but dog-gone it, he’s really awesome at Phoenix.  He leads all active drivers with four wins here, and also has 11 top five and 14 top ten finishes in only 16 career races.  That’s right; Johnson has only finished outside of the top ten twice in his career at Phoenix.  He won’t win his 6th consecutive title, but he very well can win the race this weekend.

Alternate Chaser: Tony Stewart
It’s harder to get hotter than Stewart is right now.  He has won two in a row and finished in the top ten in four straight.  Stewart is only three points out of the lead and charging hard.  He’s going to be very focused and determined to get ahead of Carl Edwards before the final race in Homestead.  And, don’t forget that Stewart has won here before, collecting 7 top five and 10 top ten finishes along the way.  In 19 career races you may not think that’s very impressive, but I don’t know how you can go against the run Stewart is on right now.  He was on less than 10% of the fantasy teams last week, so pick him up this week and get those points you missed.

Kasey Kahne
Kahne has averaged an 8th place finish over the last five races, good enough for 3rd best.  He’s really doing a good job of building confidence and proving that Rick Hendrick is getting a quality driver for the 2012 season.  In 14 career races at Phoenix Kahne has only finished in the top ten four times with one top five, but you can throw those numbers out.  He’s on a great run right now with five top ten finishes in the last six races.  That should be good enough of a run to put Kahne on your team and ride the streak. 

Greg Biffle
Biffle is the 4th hottest driver over the last five races, averaging an 11.4 place finish.  His average finish at Phoenix isn’t too bad either (14.9).  Biffle has had success here in the past with four top five and five top ten finishes in 15 races.  He’s usually in the top fifteen at the track and should be again, and contending for another top ten finish. 

Dark Horse: Mark Martin
Okay, so Mark Martin hasn’t been hot of late, but I can’t ignore his record at Phoenix.  He’s averaging an 8.8 place finish with two wins, 12 top five, and 19 top ten finishes in 29 career races.  Only Jimmie Johnson has a better average finish than Martin.  I think Mart Martin has too much pride and is too good of a driver to mail in the final two races of the season.  He should show some life this weekend and have a shot at the top ten when the race is winding down.

 

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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Subway Fresh Fit 500

Posted by chadmusselman on February 21, 2011

This week’s race is at the Phoenix International Raceway.  We’ll see who can continue to build on their good performance at Daytona and who can bounce back.  A lot of last year’s chasers took it on the chin with half of them finishing 25th or worse.  Luckily for them it’s just one race, and there are 25 more before the chase begins.  There are also quite a few new faces in the top ten in points.  We’ll see if Gilliland, Smith, and Menard can string together a few good finishes to try to stay up in the standings.  A lot of last year’s chasers have done well here in their career.  Eight of them being in the top 10 in average finishes at the track, and nine of them with at least one win at the track.

This Week’s Recommendations

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie didn’t have a very good race at Daytona, but he is more than dominant in Phoenix.  In 15 career races he has 4 wins (more than any other active driver), 10 top five and 13 top ten finishes.  His worst finish is 15th, back in 2002 & 2005.  Johnson also sports the best average finish at the track; 4.9.  There is no one better than him at the Phoenix International Raceway.  There’s no way you can leave Jimmie off your team this week.

Alternate Chaser: Carl Edwards
Edwards isn’t as great as Jimmie Johnson, but he does have 9 top ten finishes in 13 career races in Phoenix.  He also won here last year for his first win at the track.  His average finish of 11.8 is pretty darn good too.  If you’re sick of Jimmie Johnson and want a different chaser on your team, Carl may be your guy.

Mark Martin
The old man can still get it done.  Mark Martin is on a 4 race streak of top ten finishes at the Phoenix International Raceway.  In his great career Martin has raced here 28 times finishing in the top ten 19 times, top five 12 times with 2 wins.  His 8.6 place average finish is second best only to Jimmie Johnson.  Martin is more than a quality driver and should be able to make the chase again this year and contend for the title.  Put him on your team, and watch him get some points for you.

Joey Logano
After some growing pains at Phoenix in 2009, Logano learned how to get around the track.  He recorded two top ten finishes in 2010 with 10th and 3rd place finishes.  This is Logano’s third season at the Cup level and it’s time for him to show that he is a quality driver and has the ability to make the chase. Performing well at Phoenix should be his first step to doing this. 

Dark Horse: David Reutimann
Reutimann had a pretty solid 2010 season, finishing 18th in points, although he didn’t have a good performance in the Daytona 500.  This week David needs to have a good run and show that he can contend for a top 15 spot in the point standings.  Reutimann does have some success here with two top ten finishes in 2009.  He may be worth taking a chance on this weekend.

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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway

Posted by chadmusselman on November 9, 2010

Finally, some life out of the drivers!  Kudos to Jeff Gordon for actually getting mad enough to confront Jeff Burton and try to punch him after being wrecked.  If you missed it, check out the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt_6dMfXIsI  The wreck and fight start around the 2 minute mark.  I like to see Jeff Gordon showing the emotion and proving that he really does care and still gets worked up about racing.  Maybe that emotion and fire can fuel him to a good finish this weekend in Phoenix.

With only two races left in the season Denny finds himself in the lead by 33 points over Jimmie Johnson and 59 points over Kevin Harvick.  Can he hold onto the lead, or will Jimmie have his 5-peat?

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Like almost every other track on the circuit Jimmie Johnson has dominated the Phoenix International Raceway.  He’s averaging a 4.9 place finish over his 14 career races at the track.  He only has two finishes outside of the top ten.  Amazing!  In addition to the 12 top ten finishes Jimmie has 5 wins and 9 top five finishes.  There’s no way he’ll let Denny win his championship, so look for Jimmie to win this weekend and possibly retake the points lead.

Alternate Chaser: Denny Hamlin
Denny is pretty good at Phoenix himself with six top ten and five top five finishes in 10 races.  He’s averaging an 11.6 place finish here.  He’s in the points lead looking for his first career championship.  He is getting hot at the right time.  He’s averaging a 4.6 place finish over the past five races.  This may be the best chance he ever gets to with the Cup title, and it looks like he’s taking capitalizing on it.

Mark Martin
Mark is the owner of the second best average finish among active drivers (8.7).  He has also won here twice, and racked up 12 top five and 18 top ten finishes in 27 career races.  Mark has also been hot lately, averaging a 7.2 place finish over the last 5 races.  He’s good, and he should be on your team this weekend.  He’ll be contending for the win come the end of the race.

Juan Montoya
Juan only has two top ten finishes in Phoenix in 7 career races, but they were in two of the last three races here so he’s learned how to handle the track.  Juan isn’t spectacular, but he’s a solid driver and should content for another top ten finish this weekend.

Dark Horse: David Reutimann
Like Juan, David has two top ten finishes in Phoenix in the last three races here.  He’s a dark horse for a reason, but last season he showed potential at the track and proved that he can finish in the top ten.  If you’re desperate for points he could be a good pickup since not many others will probably have him on their team.

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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway

Posted by chadmusselman on April 4, 2010

PhoenixAfter a week off, the boys are back at it.  Phoenix is a track that the 2009 chasers have done well.  Of the top 10 drivers with the best average finish here, 7 of them made the chase in 2009.  That will make it a little more difficult to pick your team this week, but there are plenty of good drivers to choose from.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
I know I sound like a broken record, recommending Jimmie so much, but he seems to be the best driver at every track.  He has the best average finish at Phoenix (5.1) and most wins (4) among active drivers.  He’s also won 4 of the last 5 races at the track, finished in the top ten 9 consecutive races, and top five in 7 consecutive.   He’s the man.

Alternate Chaser: Denny Hamlin
Denny has never won in Phoenix, but does have 6 top tens in 9 career races, and a 9.6 place average finish here.  He’s supporting a streak of 4 consecutive top ten finishes at the track.  Denny hasn’t had very good start to the season, but a strong running at Phoenix can help turn it around.

Jeff Burton
Jeff Burton always seems to be an overlooked driver.  He’s rarely in discussions about great drivers, but he’s a steady performer and always seems to be in position to win a race and make the chase.  He does have success in Phoenix with 2 wins, 6 top fives, 12 top tens and an average finish of 10.8 in 21 career races.  Jeff is a solid driver and would be a good driver to keep on your team all season long.  One more note, Jeff has had a top ten finish in 4 of the last 5 races in Phoenix.

Martin Truex Jr.
Martin had a 3 race stretch of finishing 20th or worse, but has since come out of it with 12th and 5th place finishes in the last two races.  He does have success in Phoenix as well.  His 4 top ten finishes have come over the last 5 races here.  In his 8 race career at the track he’s averaging a 15.5 place finish.  Not too bad when you consider he was the first car out of the race in one of the 2008 races.

Dark Horse: Marcos Ambros
Marcos doesn’t have a top ten finish at the track yet in his career, but in the 3 races he has under his belt, he is averaging a 14.3 place finish.  That may not sound impressive, but it’s good enough for 9th best among active drivers; better than Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Matt Kenseth.  He may be 29th in points right now, but don’t count him out for a top ten finish.

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