The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to Infineon Raceway's 1.99 mile road course for the 16th race of the 2013 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 23, 2013; 3:19 p.m./et.
Weather: Sunny with a high around 85; wind out of the SW at 16 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 19 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 Jacques Villeneuve 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 Dale Earnhardt Jr. for when the Series returns to the ovals.
43 cars will attempt to qualify for 43 spots.
Fantasy Cheat Sheet:
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 seven top five finishes in nine 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. 14 Tony Stewart: Stewart has been excellent at Infineon. In 14 career starts he has two wins and nine top 10 finishes.
No. 15 Clint Bowyer: Bowyer has finished inside the top eight in five of the past six races (including a win last year) at Infineon. He will be fast once again.
6 to 10
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. 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.
No. 78 Kurt Busch: Busch has a win and five top five finishes in 12 career Infineon starts. We think he will be just inside the top 10 again when the checkers fly Sunday.
No. 16 Greg Biffle: Biffle has finished in the top 15 in seven of his 10 career Infineon starts. He is a solid option on Sunday.
No. 32 Boris Said: Said has five top 10 finishes in 13 career starts at Infineon. The road course master is an excellent pick this weekend.
11 to 20
No. 18 Kyle Busch: Rowdy dominated both road course races in 2008. He will be one of the cars to beat this weekend.
No. 11 Denny Hamlin: Hamlin has cracked the top 15 in three of his seven 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 11 career starts at Infineon he has five top 10 finishes.
No. 31 JeffBurton: Burtonhas five top 10 finishes at Infineon during his career. He will be a top 20 driver this weekend.
No. 99 Carl Edwards: Edwards has led just 14 laps during the last five races at Infineon. He won't crack the top 10, but he should finish inside the top 15.
No. 22 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.
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 20.
No. 1 Jamie McMurray: McMurray has finished worse than 20th just once in 10 career Infineon starts. He could make some noise on Sunday.
No. 51 Jacques Villeneuve: There is zero question that Villeneuve can negotiate around a road course. He is worth using in all leagues.
21 to 30
No. 33 Ron Fellows: The fearless Canuck is always a threat when NASCAR makes right-hand turns. He is a solid sleeper.
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior has averaged just a 24th place finish in 12 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 finished fourth last year at Sonoma in the same car and is an interesting option.
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. 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. 20 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 inconsistent on 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 starts. This isn’t a great weekend to use him.
No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: It is never wise to use a rookie on a road course race. Stay away from Ricky this weekend.
No. 36 Victor Gonzalez Jr.
No. 52 Paulie Harrake
No. 83 David Reutimann
No. 87 Tomy Drissi
No. 47 Bobby Labonte
No. 93 Travis Kvapil
No. 7 Justin Marks
No. 10 Danica Patrick
No. 19 Alex Kennedy
No. 34 David Ragan
No. 35 Josh Wise
No. 37 J.J. Yeley
No. 30 David Stremme
My Yahoo! Fantasy NASCAR Team for this Week:
A. Jeff Gordon
B. Juan Pablo Montoya
B. Marcos Ambrose
C. Jacques Villeneuve