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Additional article: Subway Fresh Fit 500 Practice Recap: 5 Drivers to Watch

I was watching pre-race coverage for last weekend's Daytona 500, and when the analysts made their picks for the race winner, they selected Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne. If you watched the race, you already know that those three were among the first drivers out of the race after an early wreck. The point is that Daytona is an unpredictable fantasy nightmare, and if you had a rough season opener, you are not alone. Fortunately, things will begin to get back to normal this weekend when the series heads to Phoenix International Raceway. While the flat, one-mile oval in the desert has some tricky corners, it is nothing compared Daytona.

For fantasy owners, the trip to Phoenix not only provides a much-needed opportunity to rebound, but it is the first chance to get a true gauge on what to expect in 2013. After all, things rarely stay the same following an offseason, and Sunday's race will begin to show which drivers are going to be strong in the early portion of the season and which have some catching up to do. The race is also the first chance to see what type of racing the Gen-6 car is going to produce. Owners definitely want to focus on piling up points Sunday at Phoenix, but keep the big picture in mind, as well. Information gained this weekend can help out a lot over the next several weeks.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  2. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  3. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  4. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  5. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  6. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  7. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  8. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  9. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  10. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  11. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  12. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  13. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  14. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  15. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  16. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  17. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  18. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  19. Juan Montoya, Target
  20. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  21. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  22. Paul Menard, Menards
  23. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  24. Bobby Labonte, TBA
  25. Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com
  26. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  27. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  28. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  29. Travis Kvapil, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
  30. David Reutimann, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
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Just wanted to thank you guys for this section of your site. It's one of my primary sources for NASCAR predictions that I use in my league. Combining your insight with my own discrimination, it's been pretty spot on. Thought you guys should know that your information in appreciated.

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Glad to hear you like that site and that it has helped you in your fantasy NASCAR ventures. It's particularly nice to hear coming off a rather rough season opener. Anyway, thanks for reading and good luck going forward.

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Brian Polking 02/25/13 07:17 PM
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