Top 10 Fantasy NASCAR Drivers for 2013 Subway Fresh Fit 500
Top 10 Fantasy Drivers for Subway Fresh Fit 500
Race: Subway Fresh Fit 500
Date: Sunday, March 3rd 3:00 PM EST
Location: Phoenix International Raceway
Past Winners: Denny Hamlin (2012), Jeff Gordon (2011), Ryan Newman (2010), Mark Martin (2009), Jimmie Johnson (2008), Jeff Gordon (2007), Kevin Harvick (2006), Kurt Busch (2005)
Last week’s Daytona 500 saw it all. It saw Danica Patrick become the first female to ever start a NASCAR race and lead a lap at the Daytona 500. She surprisingly stayed within the top-10 for the rest of the race and showed that she is ready to compete with the big boys this season.
The D500 also saw Jimmie Johnson take the checkered flag after going back and forth with 2013 Sprint Cup Champion, Brad Keselowski, on the last couple of laps. Johnson won this round and may have found the win a little justifying after the results of 2012 Sprint Cup title.
Jeff Gordon also led 31 laps last weekend and the only thing that kept him from finishing in the top-10 was the debris that caused his engine to overheat. Gordon is a two-time winner at this track, so he will be a popular pick this week.
The PIR isn’t the fastest raceway for drivers, but it has fair turns that makes it very easy to pass. This race will have more lead changes than last weekend, so it may be rather hard to eventually predict.
To help you in fantasy drafts this week, here are the top-10 fantasy NASCAR drivers for the 2013 Subway Fresh Fit 500:
10. Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle - Biffle continues to be one of the most underrated fantasy drivers week after week, and Biff will have another solid performance this weekend.
9. Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. - Truex Jr. started 25th last year at Phoenix, but he still managed to finished seventh and lead 29 laps. MTJ is one driver to keep an eye on this weekend after the bigs names come off the board.
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Junior has cracked the top-nine in all three of his appearances this season, so look for Junior to finish better than his 14th and 21st place finishes in the desert last year.
7. Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon - Gordon led 31 early laps of the Daytona 500, but eventually fell to the back of the pack after some engine troubles, yet again. He has won at Phoenix twice in the last eight years; so don’t let him fall out of the top-10 this weekend.
6. Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick - Harvick brought an amazing car with him to Daytona, but an unfortunate wreck caused him to finish his afternoon much earlier than he would have liked. He will be extra motivated to make up ground at the PIR.
5. Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski - Keselowski finished fifth and sixth at Phoenix last year, so a top-10 finish seems almost guaranteed from BK.
4. Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth - After leading 86 laps in the Daytona 500, Kenseth blew an engine and was forced to settle for 37th. No driver is more dangerous than Kenseth right now, and the K-Man will have a chance to win every race this season.
3. Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin – Hamlin won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in 2012 after leading a staggering 61 laps. Hamlin also finished second in the fall race in Phoenix after leading 46 laps. Needless to say, he will be worth watching on Sunday afternoon.
2. Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson - Johnson showed last weekend at Daytona that he means business this season. He finished fourth in Phoenix in 2012 and third in 2011, so expect another dominating performance from the #48 car on Sunday.
1. Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch - Busch was one of the main casualties of the early wreck at Daytona, but KB is primed to have a huge race this Sunday. Busch just won the Nationwide race at Phoenix on Saturday and will be starting this race in fourth place, so expect him to be the top driver this time around the track as well.