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Top 20 Fantasy NASCAR Drivers for 2013 Food City 500

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Top 20 Fantasy Drivers for Food City 500

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Race: Food City 500

Location: Bristol Motor Speedway

Date: Sunday, March 17 2013

Past Winners: Brad Keselowski (2012), Kyle Busch (2011), Jimmie Johnson (2010), Kyle Busch (2009), Jeff Burton (2008), Kyle Busch (2007), Kurt Busch (2006), Kevin Harvick (2005), Kurt Busch (2004), Kurt Busch (2003), Kurt Busch (2002)


We are back at Bristol, so get ready for some tough driving and a handful of caution flags. Bristol always draws a ton of yellow flags due to the tightness of the track, so fantasy NASCAR fans must draft with caution.

Many NASCAR fans hate the track because the bottom half of the field starts the race on the opposite side of the track as the front half. This only causes more congestion, which in turn only leads to more paint being traded on the turns.

The Food City 500 has become an annual trip to the winner’s circle for brothers Kyle Busch or Kurt Busch. In the last eleven years, one of the Busch brothers has somehow won the Food City 500 seven different times. You can expect both of them to be popular picks this weekend, especially since Kyle has already captured the pole for the race.

To help you in your drafts this week, here are the top-20 fantasy NASCAR drivers for the 2013 Food City 500:

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20. Jeff Burton

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Jeff Burton - Burton won this race in 2008 and will be one veteran to keep an eye on.

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19. Juan Pablo Montoya

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Juan Pablo Montoya – The Road Warrior has cracked the top-20 here in four of his last five races.

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18. Joey Logano

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Joey Logano – Logano loves these tight oval tracks and will be looking to get messy this weekend.

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17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – The new Pretty Boy of racing has actually done rather decent this year. He cracked the top-18 in all three 2013 races and is starting to look like a reliable low-end starter each week.

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16. Greg Biffle

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Greg Biffle – Biffle has three top-six finishes this season, but he has never started worse than 14th. He will start 24th this weekend, so expect Biff to struggle getting through the field.

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15. Jamie McMurray

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Jamie McMurray – McMurray finished seventh at the Food City 500 last year.

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14. Martin Truex Jr.

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Martin Truex Jr. – MTJ has struggled in the early part of the season, as he started off with a 24th place finish at Daytona and a 36th place finish in Phoenix. However, his eighth place finish at Vegas shows he is finally ready to step on the gas.

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13. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Junior will have a tough time making his way to the front, since he will start the race back in 32nd.

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12. Kevin Harvick

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Kevin Harvick – Havick has finished inside the top-15 in five of his last six races in Connecticut.

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11. Clint Bowyer

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Clint Bowyer – Bowyer only has one top-10 finish this season, but he cracked the top-7 in both races in Bristol in 2012, so expect another strong showing from the #15 car.

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10. Kasey Kahne

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Kasey Kahne – Kahne has started all three races this year inside the top-six, but his second place finish last week was his only finish inside the top-19. He doesn't race well towards the front of the field, so expect him to slowly drift towards the back of the pack once the race begins.

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9. Carl Edwards

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Carl Edwards – Edwards has won at Bristol twice, so don’t sleep on him just because he is starting back in 21st.

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8. Kurt Busch

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Kurt Busch – Busch has won the Food City 500 fives times since 2002, which ties him for the most wins in the history of the track.

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7. Jeff Gordon

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Jeff Gordon – In Gordon’s previous 15 races at Bristol, he has seven top-five finishes and 11 top-15 finishes.

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6. Tony Stewart

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Tony Stewart – Stewart has not cracked the top-15 at Bristol in the last five races. Look for that to change this weekend, because Stewart loves to trade paint at Bristol.

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5. Matt Kenseth

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Matt Kenseth – Kenseth has been near the front of the pack all season long. He dominated the KOBALT 400 by leading 42 laps and grabbing the checkered flag. Expect another top-five performance from Matty K this Sunday.

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4. Jimmie Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson – Johnson has finished inside the top-six in all three races of the 2013 season.

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3. Denny Hamlin

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Denny Hamlin – Hamlin won the race here last August and will get to start third this weekend. Look for Hamlin to easily crack the top-five in Bristol.

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2. Brad Keselowski

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Brad Keselowski – Keselowski won the Food City 500 last year after leading 232 laps. He started the 2013 season on fire and will be one of the premier picks this weekend.

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1. Kyle Busch

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Kyle Busch - Busch will be on the pole to start the race, which is incredibly dangerous considering he has won it three of the last six times. His track record alone will make him the obvious number one fantasy option this weekend.