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The Toyota/Save Mart 350

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to Infineon Raceway's 1.99 mile road course for the 16th race of the 2011 season, the Toyota/SaveMart 350. Fantasy Cheat Sheet took a look at past performances, season trends, and spoke to NASCAR contacts to provide you with the most accurate fantasy preview of Sunday's race.


When: Sunday, June 26, 2011; 3:18 p.m./et.


Weather: Sunny with a high around 81; wind out of the SW at 13 mph. There is a zero chance of precipitation.


The Track: Infineon Raceway

Infineon is a 1.99 mile road course. It has 10 turns including some of the only right-hand turns NASCAR drivers will make all season.


Key to Race: GORDON, BORIS, AND THE BOYS

Jeff Gordon has been the King of Infineon. In 17 career starts at the circuit No. 24 has won an impressive five races. Then there are the road track specialist, drivers like Boris Said, Juan Pablo Montoya, Marcos Ambrose and Robby Gordon are always a threat to steal a win on road courses. This is the weekend to sneak some "budget" drivers onto your roster and save the starts of drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards for when the Series returns to the ovals.


Qualifying Procedures:

44 cars will attempt to qualify for 43 spots. Cars not in the top 35 in the 2011 owner point standings will have to qualify based on speed. Starting positions 1-43 will be determined by qualifying on Friday, June 24 at 3:40 pm/et.


Fantasy Cheat Sheet:

Top 5

No. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya: Montoya won the 2007 race at Infineon and won at The Glen last August. He is a proven road course warrior. This is the weekend for the No. 42 team to get back on your active fantasy roster.
No. 24 Jeff Gordon: Gordon has been awesome at Infineon. He holds the all-time record for wins at the track with five.
No. 9 Marcos Ambrose: Ambrose has five top five finishes in six career road course starts. He will be the Terrific Tasmanian again this weekend.
No. 14 Tony Stewart: Stewart has been excellent at Infineon. In 12 career starts he has two wins and eight top 10 finishes.
No. 18 Kyle Busch: Rowdy dominated both road course races in 2008. He will be one of the cars to beat this weekend.


6 to 10

No. 7 Robby Gordon: Road courses are where Gordon usually shines. We think he is a solid bet to make the top 10 on Sunday.
No. 51 Boris Said: Said has five top 10 finishes in 11 career starts at Infineon. The road course master is an excellent pick this weekend.
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson: Johnson won last year's edition of this race, but had been inconsistent in previous visits to the track. We like him to finish just outside the top five.
No. 11 Denny Hamlin: Hamlin has cracked the top 15 in three of his five career starts at Infineon. The talented driver has showed he can drive on any surface and any track configuration.
No. 4 Kasey Kahne: Kahne has been awesome the past two trips to Infineon. We like his chances for a top 10 finish this weekend.


11 to 20

No. 39 Ryan Newman: Newman is a great option on Sunday. In nine career starts at Infineon he has five top 10 finishes.
No. 22 Kurt Busch: Busch has three top five finishes in 10 career Infineon starts. We think he will be just outside the top 10 again when the checkers fly Sunday.
No. 99 Carl Edwards: Edwards led 14 laps during the last three races at Infineon. He won't crack the top 10, but he should finish inside the top 15.
No. 29 Kevin Harvick: Harvick has been hit-or-miss at Infineon during his career. He won't match his second place finish of 2007 or third place finish of last year, but he should crack the top 15.
No. 16 Greg Biffle: Biffle has finished in the top 15 in six of his eight career Infineon starts. He is a solid option on Sunday.
No. 31 Jeff Burton: Burton has five top 10 finishes at Infineon during his career. He will be a top 20 driver this weekend.
No. 33 Clint Bowyer: Bowyer has finished inside the top eight in three of the past four races at Infineon. He will be fast once again.
No. 1 Jamie McMurray: McMurray has finished worse than 20th just once in eight career Infineon starts. He could make some noise on Sunday.
No. 5 Mark Martin: Martin has 13 top 10 finishes in 20 career starts at Infineon. The crafty veteran is always a threat to steal a win.
No. 43 A.J. Allmendinger: A.J. has plenty of experience making right-hand turns from his days in open wheel racing. He is a decent option.


21 to 30

No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior has averaged a 21st place finish in 10 career races at Infineon. There are much better weeks to use No. 88.
No. 13 Casey Mears: Mears has averaged just a 19th place finish at Infineon during his career. We like a few of the road course warriors much better than Mears this weekend.
No. 34 David Gilliland: Gilliland finished second in the 2008 edition of this race. He won't be that fast this time around, but he might be worth using in very deep leagues.
No. 77 P.J. Jones: Jones is a road course guru. He should crack the top 30.
No. 27 Paul Menard: Menard has been very consistent at road courses. He won't crack the top 15, but he should notch a mid-20s finish.
No. 17 Matt Kenseth: We recommend steering clear of the talented Kenseth this weekend. In 11 career starts at Infineon he has just one top 10 finish.
No. 56 Martin Truex Jr.: Road courses aren't Truex Jr.'s forte. He will be lucky to crack the top 25 on Sunday.
No. 20 Joey Logano: Logano has a lot to learn about road course racing. Save him for next year's race at Infineon when he has even more experience with right-hand turns.
No. 2 Brad Keselowski: The rookie tore up his car at Infineon last year. He won't be great this visit either.
No. 6 David Ragan: Ragan has never cracked the top 20 at Infineon in his career. He shouldn't be active on any rosters this weekend.


Field Fillers

No. 00 David Reutimann
No. 81 Brian Simo
No. 83 Brian Vickers
No. 78 Regan Smith
No. 32 Terry Labonte
No. 46 Andy Pilgram
No. 36 Dave Blaney
No. 38 Tony Ave
No. 37 Tomy Drissi
No. 87 Joe Nemechek
No. 47 Bobby Labonte
No. 66 Michael McDowell
No. 60 Mike Skinner
No. 71 Andy Lally


Brownie's Picks

Top Four:

1. Juan Pablo Montoya
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Marcos Ambrose
4. Tony Stewart

Sleepers:

1. Robby Gordon
2. Boris Said

Bust of the Week:

Matt Kenseth



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