The monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will compete at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday. Fantasy Live has been my best game this season. My picks are now in the top 99.9% and ranked 289th overall. My career best in this game came in 2015 when I finished 76th overall. My goal is to finish in the top 75 so I will need two good races to finish the season.
The Can-Am 500(k) is a short race. It is only 312 miles but it does have 312 laps. That means there will be 312 laps in the race and 312 bonus points available for leading laps and fastest laps Sunday. The trend at Phoenix is to have 3 dominators in the race. It will be important to try and find these 3 dominators for your team because the bonus points will add up quickly this week.
Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are locks. They have the two best cars, the best stats and the best chance to dominate this race. The No. 4 and No. 18 should be on every team this week.
I debated on whether to choose Denny Hamlin or Chase Elliott for my third dominator. The 11 car looked like the fastest car on the long runs in practice and he starts 2nd so I will go with Hamlin this week.
Kasey Kahne is the best bargain in the game this week. Kahne starts 17th and he consistently ran in the top 5 in all practice sessions. Darian Grubb really made a difference when he took over the crew chief duties with the No. 5 car. Kahne was 3rd fastest in final practice so he should move up this week.
In order to make my lineup work I needed a scrub. Jeffrey Earnhardt is definitely a scrub. He is not that fast but he starts 38th and I know he will “try” to run all of the laps. This race comes down to having the drivers who lead the most laps so punting one position is worth it if you can hit on the three dominators. That is what I am doing this week.
Here are my picks for the Phoenix…
Kevin Harvick $27.25 (Starts 6th)
Kyle Busch $28.00 (Starts 8th)
Denny Hamlin $27.50 (Starts 2nd)
Kasey Kahne $13.25 (Starts 17th)
Jeffrey Earnhardt $4.75 (Starts 38th)
PICK TO WIN: Kyle Busch
* I think this race comes down to Kevin Harvick and Kyle Bush. I am going to pick Kyle Busch to win but hedge my bet with Ford as my manufacturer just in case Harvick finds his way to Victory Lane.
** If you cannot afford my team I recommend replacing Denny Hamlin with Jimmie Johnson and upgrading Jeffrey Earnhardt to Landon Cassill.
Good luck this week!
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