2009 NASCAR Fantasy Preview: Phoenix I

After a week off to celebrate Easter the NASCAR Sprint Cup series returns to the Phoenix desert to continue this years Race to the Chase.

  • Jimmie Johnson has won the last 3 races at Phoenix which is very similar to Martinsville with it’s banking and shape. The only difference is Martinsville is approximately 1/2-mile and Phoenix is a 1-mile track. Jimmie will win this race once again this weekend.
  • Carl Edwards knows how to get around these types of tracks also. Carl has 6 top 10 finishes in oonly 9 races at Phoenix. This team seems to be getting a little better every week and should be around to contend for the win at the end of this week’s race.
  • Jeff Gordon is another driver that can get around on the short, flat tracks. Jeff got his first and only win here back in the spring of 2007. He should be in the top 5 once again this weekend and retain his lead in the standings.
  • Denny Hamlin has only raced here 7 times during his short career and has 4 top 5 finishes in those starts. Denny is at his best when it comes to racing on the flat tracks and one of these weeks everything will come together for him and he will send this team to victory lane.
  • Jeff Burton is another driver that will be around when the race winds down. Jeff used to dominate here earlier in his career and lately he has put everything back together at Phoenix. This could be the week that he gets his first win of the season.
  • Tony Stewart has been surprisingly good right off the bat in his first season as owner/driver. They might not be winning any races yet but they sure are having great runs most every week. Tony has never been one to win a lot of races early in the season so he is actually doing very well at this point of the season.
  • Kevin Harvick won back-to-back races at Phoenix during the 2006 season. Kevin consistently runs very well at Phoenix and can never be counted out of a race here. This team is also another slow starting team but can snap out of it at any time at a track like Phoenix.
  • Mark Martin has always run well at Phoenix. For a guy that just hates to race at Martinsville it is surprising how well he runs here. Mark has also been on a roll lately after his early season demise because of engine and tire failures. My prediction is that Mark will make the Chase yet this year and to do that he needs to keep running well every weekend.

Yahoo Picks for Phoenix

Group A

  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Jeff Gordon

Group B

  • Denny Hamlin
  • Kurt Busch
  • Tony Stewart
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Group C

  • Bobby Labonte
  • AJ Allmendinger

Top 5 Overall at Phoenix

  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Jeff Gordon
  • Kevin Harvick
  • Tony Stewart

Dark Horse: Jamie McMurray

Stay Away From: Ryan Newman

As always you can Email me with any questions, comments or suggestions at gutsamaniac@hotmail.com. Good luck once again this weekend!