2007 NASCAR Fantasy Preview: Infineon Raceway

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Infineon Road Course Ringers

This week we head to California for the first of 2 road course races this year. There are 52 drivers entered for the 43 starting positions this weekend with a few ringers thrown in.

  • Terry Labonte will drive the #55 for Michael Waltrip
  • P.J. Jones is trying to qualify the David Reutimann #00
  • Ron Fellows will be subbing for Tony Raines on the #96 DLP Chevy
  • Boris Said will be manning the #60 for his own team
  • Klaus Graf will try and qualify the #49 for BAM Racing

My Pick To Win Infineon

My pick to win this weekend is Jeff Gordon. However, if Jeff’s wife goes into labor with the couple’s first child, Mark Martin will step in for him and drive the car. Not a bad backup if you need one at a road course. Jeff has 10 road course wins and Mark has 5 during their careers. Half of Jeff’s wins have come at Sonoma.

Infineon Frontrunners

Tony Stewart should provide much of the competition this weekend for Jeff. Tony has 5 road course wins in his career with 2 of them coming at Sonoma. Tony has run very well at Sonoma over the past few years with both of his wins and a 2nd place finish coming in the last 6 races here.

Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch have both been very good at Sonoma over the last few years but they don’t get the notoriety for it. They have both had some of the best performing cars but seem to have some terrible luck during the race. Kurt got caught entering the pits when they were closed last year but the light turned just as he hit the commitment cone and he had no other choice than to pit.

Juan Pablo Montoya won the Busch Series road course race in Mexico this year but not without a little controversy. Juan spun out his teammate, Scott Pruett making his pass on the last lap. Chip Ganassi has not entered Scott for the first time in many years at a road course. Juan won’t get away with bullying his way to the front this weekend.

Denny Hamlin has been surprisingly good in the few road course races he has run. He finished 12th last year at Sonoma but won the Busch race in Mexico last season and finished 2nd there this season. This kid just keeps on showing what he can do with a race car and it will be interesting to see how much better he will get with more experience.

Ricky Rudd has always run well at road courses. Ricky has 4 top 5 finishes in his last 6 races at Sonoma. Ricky missed the race last year because he took the year off but he has a very good shot at giving Robert Yates Racing a solid finish once again this weekend.

If Robby Gordon can stay away from mechanical difficulties this weekend he will have a shot at winning his first race with his own team. Robby is one of the best road course drivers entered this weekend but has struggled with mechanical failures lately during the road course races.

Yahoo! Fantasy Picks

Group A

  • Jeff Gordon (starter)
  • Tony Stewart

Group B

  • Juan Pablo Montoya (starter)
  • Ricky Rudd (starter)
  • Kurt Busch
  • Ryan Newman

Group C

  • Boris Said (starter)
  • Ron Fellows