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Top 20 Fantasy NASCAR Drivers For 2013 Bojangles’ Southern 500

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Race: Bojangles’ Southern 500

Track: Darlington Raceway

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013 6:45 PM EST

Past Winners: Jimmie Johnson (2012), Regan Smith (2011), Denny Hamlin (2010), Mark Martin (2009), Kyle Busch (2008), Jeff Gordon (2007), Greg Biffle (2006), Greg Biffle (2005), Jimmie Johnson (2004), Ricky Craven (2003), Sterling Marte (2002), Dale Jarrett (2001), Ward Burton (2000)

2012 Results: 1. Jimmie Johnson 2. Denny Hamlin 3. Tony Stewart 4. Kyle Busch 5. Martin Truex Jr. 6. Matt Kenseth 7. Carl Edwards 8. Kasey Kahne 9. Marcos Ambrose 10. Joey Logano 11. Clint Bowyer 12. Greg Biffle 13. Paul Menard 14. Regan Smith 15. Brad Keselowski 16. Kevin Harvick 17. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 18. Jeff Burton 19. Aric Almirola 20. Mark Martin

This weekend’s race in Darlington will be a very special race, as it will mark the return of Denny Hamlin. Hamlin has been out since March 24th with a compression fracture in his lower back and it will be an extremely emotional return for the #11 car.

Additionally, Jeff Gordon will be making his 700th consecutive NASCAR start. JG has won the championship four times and he once was the most dangerous driver on the circuit. He may not be the threat he was in the late 90’s, but Gordon has always raced well in South Carolina, so expect another strong showing this weekend.

To help you draft this weekend, here are the top 20 fantasy NASCAR drivers for the 2013 Bojangles’ Southern 500.

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20. Jamie McMurray

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Jamie McMurray - McMurray is having a career season and has cracked the top-20 in four of the last five races.

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19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – The driver known as Danica’s boyfriend has cracked the top-20 in seven of the 10 races in the 2013 season.

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18. Paul Menard

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Paul Menard – Menard finished 13th at Darlington in 2012

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17. Aric Almirola

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Aric Almirola – Doulbe A quietly has four top-10 finishes already this season.

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16. Denny Hamlin

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Denny Hamlin – This will be Hamlin’s first official week behind the wheel, so don’t count him out.

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15. Tony Stewart

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Tony Stewart – Stewart has cracked the top-seven in Darlington in three of the last four races. However, he will start the race in 20th, so expect another shaky performance from Stewart this Saturday.

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14. Clint Bowyer

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Clint Bowyer – Bowyer has cracked the top-18 in five consecutive races this season, including three top-five finishes.

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13. Kurt Busch

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Kurt Busch – Busch will start the race on the pole and will be worth taking a shot on this weekend.

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12. Greg Biffle

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Greg Biffle – Biffle will start this race in ninth and the veteran needed a strong starting position after two straight weeks of starting in 36th.

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11. Matt Kenseth

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Matt Kenseth – Kenseth has cracked the top-13 in Darlington in seven of his last eight races.

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10. Kevin Harvick

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Kevin Harvick – After winning Richmond, Harvick miserably finished 40th last weekend in Talladega. He will start this weekend in 10th, so expect a much better performance from Harvick in South Carolina.

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9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Junior is ranked third in Sprint Cup points. He may start back in 16th in this race, but expect him to slowly move towards the front of the pack.

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8. Brad Keselowski

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Brad Keselowski – Keselowski may have only raced in four races in Darlington since coming into NASCAR, but he has finished inside the top-13 each time.

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7. Carl Edwards

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Carl Edwards – Edwards won his first race of the season in last weekend’s rain-soaked race at Talladega. He may start back in 17th, but Edwards has finished inside the top-nine in six of the last nine races in Darlington.

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6. Joey Logano

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Joey Logano – J-Lo has finished inside the top-five three times over the last six weeks, but each time he followed it up by missing the top-20. Considering that he finished 35th last weekend in Talladega, the trend suggests that this week should be a strong effort from the #22 car.

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5. Kasey Kahne

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Kasey Kahne – After six straight top-11 performances, Kahne has failed to crack the top-20 in the last two weeks. He will start this week in fourth, so expect that steak to end in Darlington.

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4. Martin Truex Jr.

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Martin Truex Jr. – MTJ has started four straight races inside the top-nine and has finished inside the top-seven three times as a result. He will start this weekend’s race in fifth, so expect another top-10 performance.

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3. Jeff Gordon

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Jeff Gordon – JG has cracked the top-five in 18 of his last 27 races in Darlington, including seven trips to the winner’s circle.

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2. Kyle Busch

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Kyle Busch - Busch won this race back in 2008 and has finished inside the top-11 in the last three races.

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1. Jimmie Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson – Johnson has three career wins at Darlington, including a victory during last year’s Southern 500.