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The Toyota/Save Mart 350

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to Infineon Raceway's 1.99 mile road course for the 16th race of the 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 22; 3:19 p.m./et.



Weather:  Sunny with a high around 82; 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 20 career starts at the circuit No. 24 has won an impressive five races.  Then there are the road track specialist, drivers like Boris Said and Marcos Ambrose who 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.



Qualifying Procedures:


43 cars will attempt to qualify for 43 spots. 



Fantasy Cheat Sheet:


Top 5


No. 24 Jeff Gordon: Gordon has been awesome at Infineon.  He finished second last year and holds the all-time record for wins at the track with five.

No. 9 Marcos Ambrose:  Ambrose has seven top five finishes in 11 career road course starts.  He will be the “Terrific Tasmanian” again this weekend.

No. 15 Clint Bowyer:  Bowyer has finished inside the top eight in six of the past seven races (including a 2012 win) at Infineon.  He will be fast once again.

No. 14 Tony Stewart:  Stewart has been excellent at Infineon.  In 15 career starts he has two wins and nine top 10 finishes.  Smoke is going to win this year and it might as well be this weekend.

No. 41 Kurt Busch:  Busch has a win and six top five finishes in 13 career Infineon starts.  We love his chances on Sunday.



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 three of the past four trips to Infineon.  We like his chances for another top 10 finish this weekend.

No. 16 Greg Biffle:  Biffle has finished in the top 15 in eight of his 11 career Infineon starts.  He is a solid option on Sunday.

No. 32 Boris Said:  Said has five top 10 finishes in 14 career starts at Infineon.  The road course master is an excellent pick this weekend to round-out your roster.

No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.:  Truex Jr. was awesome on both road courses last season.  If he can bring some of that knowledge to the No. 78 ride he might surprise where he finishes.



11 to 20


No. 18 Kyle Busch:  Rowdy took the checkers at Watkins Glen last year.  He will be one of the cars to beat this weekend.

No. 22 Joey Logano:  Logano was excellent on the road courses the past two years.  We recommend using him in nearly all leagues.

No. 2 Brad Keselowski:  Keselowski has been very fast in three of the last four road course races.  We love him as a third driver this weekend.

No. 4 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. 31 Ryan Newman:  Newman is a great option on Sunday.  In 12 career starts at Infineon he has five top 10 finishes.

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

No. 99 Carl Edwards:  Edwards has led just 14 laps during the last six races at Infineon.  He won't crack the top 10, but he should finish inside the top 15.

No. 1 Jamie McMurray:  McMurray has finished worse than 20th just once in 11 career Infineon starts.  He could make some noise on Sunday.

No. 55 Brian Vickers:  Vickers finished fourth at Sonoma in 2012.  He has been driving well this year and is an interesting option.

No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.:  Junior has averaged just a 23rd place finish in 13 career races at Infineon.  There are much better weeks to use No. 88.



21 to 30


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. 47 A.J. Allmendinger:  Allmendinger has driven well at Sonoma.  He isn’t a bad fifth driver.

No. 20 Matt Kenseth:  We recommend steering clear of the talented Kenseth this weekend.  In 13 career starts at Infineon he has just one top 10 finish.

No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.:  Stenhouse finished nine spots better at Watkins Glen last year than he did at Sonoma.  He could be worth using if he can continue to improve.

No. 43 Aric Almirola:  Almirola was pretty bad at Infineon in his previous starts.  This isn’t a great weekend to use him.

No. 42 Kyle Larson:  A road course is never a great place to use a rookie.  We recommend saving Mr. Larson for a day when there are no right-hand turns.

No. 3 Austin Dillon:  Please see Kyle Larson.

No. 13 Casey Mears:  Mears has averaged just a 20th place finish at Infineon during his career.  We like a few of the road course warriors as sleepers 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. 10 Danica Patrick:  Patrick has been basically awful on road courses.  Avoid her.



Field Fillers:


No. 51 Justin Allgaier

No. 7 Michael Annett

No. 26 Cole Whitt

No. 34 David Ragan

No. 33 Alex Kennedy

No. 36 Reed Sorenson

No. 98 Jose Wise

No. 23 Alex Bowman

No. 40 Landon Cassill

No. 44 J.J. Yeley

No. 66 Joe Nemechek

No. 83 Ryan Truex

No. 95 Michael McDowell



My Yahoo! Fantasy NASCAR Team for this Week:


A. Jeff Gordon

B. Marcos Ambrose

B. Tony Stewart

C. Boris Said

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