Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Toyota-Save Mart 350
To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, heâll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes â A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!âs nine-start maximum rule over the course of the season. The âalso considerâ section ranks unmentioned drivers strictly by expected result without consideration of start limitations.
The NASCAR road course races have become some of the best on the circuit each season thanks to the absurdity of NASCAR's heavy, over-powered cars trying to work delicately around tight, left and right turns. Road course racer Andy Lally recently said on Twitter that NASCAR is his favorite road course vehicle because it âhandles like a school bus with the power of the space shuttle.â This week at Sonoma Raceway sounds fun!
Jump in, make your picks and, hopefully, make us look like we know what weâre talking about â¦ if you took advantage of the free advice last week, youâve got a race-win under your belt.
A-List (Pick two, start one)
Just when we were ready to write off Tony Stewart and his Stewart-Haas Racing bunch, heâs reeled off four top-10 finishes (a win included) in the last four races. Heâs now leaped to 10th in points and figures to pile on this weekend at the Sonoma road course. Stewart leads all A-List drivers in the last eight years at Sonoma with an average running position of 10th.
Although he hasnât won there since 2005, heâs picked up four top-5 finishes in the last five races and would've had a fifth in 2011, but wound up stuck on top of a tire barrier, courtesy of Brian Vickers. Obligatory note: Vickers is racing this weekend, too.
Anyone who has paid attention to NASCARâs road races in the last several years knows Jeff Gordonâs status as âKing of the Roadâ has long since faded. However, banking on Gordon as a smart fantasy pick for Sunday is the intelligent play.
Gordonâs last road course win was in Sonoma in 2006, and since then heâs recorded a top 10 in every trip to Napa Valley. He led 13 laps a year ago â his first laps led at Sonoma since the win â and finished sixth. Donât be concerned if things arenât looking great for the No. 24 at halfway, either. In the last eight Sonoma races, heâs averaged 17th at the cross flags only to wind up with a series-best average finish of 8.3.
Also consider: Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson