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The Series heads to Sonoma Raceway this weekend, which means for the first time in 2014, drivers will be making both left and right-hand turns as they try to navigate the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course. Of the two road courses currently on the Cup Series schedule, Sonoma is known as the more technically challenging of the two venues. With uphill and downhill sections and several snaking combination corners that are capped by a hard right-hand turn, drivers must be precise with both their braking and shifting in order to get around the track. Throw in the fuel mileage strategy that inevitably develops as drivers try to gain track position, and road racing is definitely one of the more unique challenges drivers face.

Road courses are also a unique challenge for fantasy owners. After all, some of the biggest names in the series just aren't that good at road racing, while some drivers that never really contend at ovals are among the best in the business at road courses. Further complicating matters are the road racing specialists that some teams hire just for the road course events. These road course "ringers" have plenty of upside thanks to their experience and talent, but they usually end up driving for smaller teams with unreliable equipment and crews. In general, fantasy owners can choose to be as aggressive or as conservative as they want to be when setting their rosters, but either way, lineups at Sonoma are probably going to be a bit different than any other used so far in 2014.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  2. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  3. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  4. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  5. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  6. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  7. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  8. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  9. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  10. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  11. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  12. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  13. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  14. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  15. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  16. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  17. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  18. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  19. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  20. Kyle Larson, Target
  21. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  22. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  23. Paul Menard, Menards
  24. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  25. Casey Mears, GEICO
  26. Austin Dillon, Dow Chemical/Cheerios
  27. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  28. Boris Said, C & J Energy
  29. David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops/A&W Restaurants
  30. Justin Allgaier, Brandt
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3 Comments

I agree that Casey Mears has fantasy value but he is not a Yahoo C driver (I wish) this year. Allgaier and Boris Said might be start saver options.

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ALLSTAR1 06/16/14 06:41 PM
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You are right about Mears. I thought I changed that commentary already, but obviously, I had not. Anyway, Allgaier becomes the safer bet in my opinion as far as the C-List start saver in my mind. I think Said has more upside, but he can be rough on equipment and I'm not sure he will make it to the finish in one piece. Alex Kennedy could be worth keeping an eye, as well. He won the Legends Road Course Word FInals back in 2009, and he is in the No. 33 this weekend.

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Brian Polking 06/17/14 06:38 AM

Heres my top 10

Gordon,Kurt Busch,Bowyer,Ambrose,Stewart,Harvick,Johnson,Edwards,Allmendinger,McMurry

Boris Said will not be top 10 trust me.

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biggged 133 06/21/14 05:29 PM

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