The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to Watkins Glen International’s 2.45 mile road course for the 22nd race of the season, the Cheez-It 355. 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, August 10, 2013 at 1:19 p.m./et.
Weather: Mostly sunny with a high around 85; wind out of the SSE at 8 mph. There is a ZERO percent chance of precipitation.
The Track: Watkins Glen International
The Glen is a 2.45 mile road course. It has 11 turns including some of the only right-hand turns NASCAR drivers will make all season.
Key to Race: THE TERRIFIC TAZMANIAN
There is no reason not to have Marcos Ambrose on your roster in all leagues. He has won twice at The Glen and has finished third or better in five of six career starts. Additionally, this is the weekend to sneak some “budget” drivers onto your roster and save the starts of drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Dale Junior for when the Series returns to ovals.
43 cars will attempt to qualify for 43 spots. All cars will make the race.
Fantasy Cheat Sheet:
No. 9 Marcos Ambrose: Ambrose has been spectacular at The Glen so far in his career. Use him in all leagues.
No. 18 Kyle Busch: Rowdy won at The Glen last year and has been great at the track the past five seasons. We like his chances.
No. 2 Brad Keselowski: Keselowski was great at The Glen the past three years. He is worth using in all leagues.
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson: Johnson has cracked the top five in five of his 12 career starts at The Glen. He is a solid pick once again.
No. 99 Carl Edwards: Edwards won at Sonoma this year and has finished in the top 10 in 10 of his last 14 road course starts. He should make it another on Sunday.
6 to 10
No. 14 Tony Stewart: “Smoke” has five wins at The Glen in his career. He is overdue for a win.
No. 41 Kurt Busch: Busch won the 2010 edition of The Glen. This is another fine opportunity to have the former Cup champion on your roster.
No. 24 Jeff Gordon: Gordon has four career wins at Watkins Glen, but hasn’t notched a top 5 finish at the track in 12 years. The No. 24 team is still always a threat on road courses.
No. 32 Boris Said: Said teaches driving school for other Cup drivers on how to manage The Glen. The “Said Head” is a great option on Sunday.
No. 15 Clint Bowyer: Bowyer has averaged a 14th place finish in his nine career starts at The Glen, but he won at Infineon last this season. We expect he will be fast this visit to the Finger Lakes Region.
11 to 20
No. 4 Kevin Harvick: Harvick has cracked the top 15 in 10 of his 12 career starts at The Glen, including a win in the 2006 race. He is a good option this weekend.
No. 5 Kasey Kahne: Kahne proved he has figured out road courses with his win at Infineon in June of 2010. He will finish better than his average 19th place finish at The Glen, but we don’t think he will be quick enough to crack the top 10.
No. 22 Joey Logano: “Sliced Bread” hasn’t embarrassed himself in his first 10 road course starts, but there are much more established road course warriors that are less risky picks this weekend.
No. 47 A.J. Allmendinger: Dinger has been terrific at The Glen during his career and is a fine option.
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.: Truex Jr. has finished in the top 20 in 10 of his 16 career road course starts. He is a decent fifth driver on fantasy teams this weekend.
No. 20 Matt Kenseth: Kenseth has finished in the top 10 in just four of his 14 career starts at The Glen. He will be doing well to crack the top 15 this weekend.
No. 11 Denny Hamlin: Hamlin had cracked the top 10 in six of his 14 career road course starts, but has slumped badly the past six races. He will miss the top 10 this week.
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior has worked hard to improve his driving skills on road courses and it showed at Sonoma, but the results have yet to materialize at Watkins Glen. He isn’t much of an option.
No. 31 Ryan Newman: Newman has been successful at Watkins Glen in the past. He will be a top 20 driver on Sunday.
No. 13 Casey Mears: Mears has top 15 finishes the past two road course races. He is worth using in deep leagues.
21 to 30
No. 1 Jamie McMurray: McMurray has averaged a 20th place finish at Watkins Glen during his career. He will take the checkers right around his average.
No. 16 Greg Biffle: Biffle has cracked the top 30 just six times in 11 career starts at The Glen. He is too risky of a pick for our taste.
No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Stenhouse has been decent race on road courses during his career. We still like other drivers better at The Glen.
No. 3 Austin Dillon: Dillon finished 17th at Sonoma this year. He could be fast this weekend too.
No. 43 Aric Almirola: “A-Dub” has a lot to learn at The Glen. He isn’t much of an option this weekend.
No. 55 Brian Vickers: Brian Vickers: Vickers has struggled mightily in two of the last three road course starts. He isn’t even a sleeper option.
No. 27 Paul Menard: Menard has averaged a 23rd place finish at The Glen during his career. He isn’t a fantastic option.
No. 10 Danica Patrick: Patrick has actually looked decent the past two road course races.
No. 42 Kyle Larson: Larson wasn’t great at Sonoma earlier this season. We recommend staying away from him.
No. 77 Nelson Piquet Jr.: Piquet Jr. is a former Formula One driver that should be terrific at The Glen. We may round-out our roster with him.
No. 51 Just Allgaier
No. 33 Alex Kennedy
No. 7 Michael Annett
No. 34 David Ragan
No. 36 Reed Sorenson
No. 23 Alex Bowman
No. 83 Ryan Truex
No. 26 Cole Whitt
No. 38 David Gilliland
No. 40 Landon Cassill
No. 95 Michael McDowell
No. 98 Josh Wise
No. 66 Joe Nemechek
My Yahoo! Fantasy NASCAR Team for this Week:
A. Kyle Busch
B. Marcos Ambrose
B. Carl Edwards
C. Boris Said