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The Toyota/SaveMart 350(k)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to Infineon Raceway's 1.99 mile road course for the 16th race of the 2012 season, the Toyota/SaveMart 350(k).   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 24, 2012; 3:18 p.m./et.



Weather:  Sunny with a high around 74; wind out of the WSW 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.





Jeff Gordon has been the King of Infineon.  In 18 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.  If the first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars.  Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners. 



Fantasy Cheat Sheet:


Top 5


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 six top five finishes in seven career road course starts.  He will be the “Terrific Tasmanian” again this weekend.

No. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya:  Montoya won the 2007 race at Infineon and won at The Glen in August of 2010.  He is a proven road course warrior.  This is the weekend to get the No. 42 team back on your active fantasy roster.

No. 32 Boris Said:  Said has five top 10 finishes in 12 career starts at Infineon.  The road course master is an excellent pick this weekend.

No. 14 Tony Stewart:  Stewart has been excellent at Infineon.  In 13 career starts he has two wins and eight top 10 finishes.



6 to 10


No. 18 Kyle Busch:  Rowdy dominated both road course races in 2008.  He will be one of the cars to beat this weekend.

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. 48 Jimmie Johnson:  Johnson won the 2010 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. 15 Clint Bowyer:  Bowyer has finished inside the top eight in four of the past five races at Infineon.  He will be fast once again.

No. 5 Kasey Kahne:  Kahne has been awesome in two of the past three trips to Infineon.  We like his chances for a top 15 finish this weekend.



11 to 20


No. 11 Denny Hamlin:  Hamlin has cracked the top 15 in three of his six career starts at Infineon.  The talented driver has showed he can drive on any surface and any track configuration.

No. 39 Ryan Newman:  Newman is a great option on Sunday.  In 10 career starts at Infineon he has five top 10 finishes.

No. 51 Kurt Busch:  Busch has a win and four top five finishes in 11 career Infineon starts.  We think he will be just outside the top 10 again when the checkers fly Sunday.

No. 99 Carl Edwards:  Edwards has led just 14 laps during the last four 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 2010, but he should crack the top 15.

No. 16 Greg Biffle:  Biffle has finished in the top 15 in six of his nine career Infineon starts.  He is a solid option on Sunday.

No. 31 JeffBurton: Burtonhas five top 10 finishes at Infineon during his career.  He will be a top 20 driver this weekend.

No. 1 Jamie McMurray:  McMurray has finished worse than 20th just once in nine career Infineon starts.  He could make some noise on Sunday.

No. 20 Joey Logano:  Logano was excellent on the road courses last year.  We recommend using him in nearly all leagues.

No. 2 Brad Keselowski:  Keselowski was terrific on both road courses last year.  He is a fine choice.


21 to 30


No. 22 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.

No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.:  Junior has averaged just a 24th place finish in 11 career races at Infineon.  There are much better weeks to use No. 88.

No. 55 Brian Vickers:  Vickers takes the wheel of the No. 55 ride this weekend.  He has averaged just a 23rd place finish at Sonoma during his career and isn’t worth using in most leagues.

No. 13 Casey Mears:  Mears has averaged just a 21st place finish at Infineon during his career.  We like a few of the road course warriors much better than Mears this weekend.

No. 38 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. 17 Matt Kenseth:  We recommend steering clear of the talented Kenseth this weekend.  In 12 career starts at Infineon he has just one top 10 finish.

No. 27 Paul Menard:  Menard has been very consistent at road courses.  He won’t crack the top 20, but he should notch a mid-20s 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. 43 Aric Almirola:  Almirola was pretty bad at Infineon in his previous start.  This isn’t a great weekend to use him.

No. 30 Brian Simo:  Simo is a road course ringer.  There a better options, but if you are desparate he should have no problem getting a top 30 finish.




Field Fillers:


No. 33 Stephen Leicht

No. 47 Bobby Labonte

No. 78 Regan Smith

No. 95 Scott Speed

No. 34 David Ragan

No. 10 Tomy Drissi

No. 36 Dave Blaney

No. 93 Travis Kvapil

No. 98 David Mayhew

No. 83 Landon Cassill

No. 87 Joe Nemechek

No. 19 Mike Bliss

No. 49 J.J. Yeley

No. 26 Josh Wise



Brownie's Picks


Top Four:


Jeff Gordon

Marcos Ambrose

Juan Pablo Montoya

Boris Said




Robby Gordon

Boris Said


Bust of the Week:


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