Comments: NASCAR Picks for Phoenix

Comments: NASCAR Picks for Phoenix

Sandwiched between a pair of speedy 1.5-mile ovals is this weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway. Sunday's AdvoCare 500 is the penultimate race of the 2013 season, and it is also the most unique challenge remaining for drivers and fantasy owners. After all, Phoenix has one of the strangest layouts of any track on the schedule. Not only are the corners flat, but two sets of corners are dramatically different from each other. As a result, passing is incredibly difficult and setting up a car to run well in both sets of corners might be even harder. Plain and simple, there really isn't a track on the schedule that can be used as a barometer of what to expect at Phoenix, and not surprisingly, there are drivers that run much better at PIR than they normally do and vice versa. As a result, it may take a little more work on the part of fantasy owners in order to assemble a strong lineup for this weekend's trip to the desert.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  2. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  3. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  4. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  5. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  6. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Great Clips
  7. Matt Kenseth, Dolllar General/DeWalt
  8. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  9. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/3M
  10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  11. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  12. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  13. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  14. Greg Biffle, Ortho
  15. Juan Montoya, Target
  16. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  17. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  18. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  19. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  20. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  21. Paul Menard, Menards
  22. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  23. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Zest/Fastenal
  24. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  25. Elliott Sadler, Aaron's
  26. Bobby Labonte, C&J Energy Services
  27. Casey Mears, GEICO
  28. Travis Kvapil, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
  29. Justin Allgaier, Brandt
  30. Danica Patrick,
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