The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competes at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday. There are only two races left in the MENCS season so there is no reason to save allocations now. The drivers who posted fast laps in practice will be the best choices for your team Sunday.
Kevin Harvick (5): Harvick has not been as dominant in the last two races at Phoenix as he has been in the past. He still has 8 wins at the track so he should be the favorite to win. Harvick does not qualify well at Phoenix (he only has 1 pole), so I am not worried about his 6th starting spot. He has led 1,064 laps and has an average finishing position of 2.1 in the last 8 races at Phoenix. I will gladly use an allocation with Harvick this week. Harvick had the fastest car in final practice Saturday.
Group A Rankings: 1) Kyle Busch 2) Kevin Harvick, 3) Denny Hamlin 4) Martin Truex Jr., 5) Jimmie Johnson, 6) Matt Kenseth, 7) Brad Keselowski, 8) Joey Logano, 9) Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Chase Elliott (1): Could this be the week when Elliott wins his first race? It would be great timing if the No. 24 car did go to Victory Lane Sunday because Elliott would then be in the Final Four at Homestead. Elliott is better at Phoenix then he is at Homestead so I will burn my last start with him Sunday. I also like to use him while he has a lot to race for. If he does not win this week, the race at Homestead means nothing.
Clint Bowyer (2): The No. 14 car did not qualify well (Starts 20th), but Bowyer looked fast in the practice sessions. Bowyer finished 13th at Phoenix in March. He has a lot more experience with his team now. He should be able to finish in the top 12 Sunday. Bowyer was 5th fastest in final practice.
Group B Rankings: 1) Chase Elliott, 2) Kyle Larson, 3) Jamie McMurray, 4) Ryan Blaney, 5) Kasey Kahne, 6) Clint Bowyer, 7) Kurt Busch, 8) Ryan Newman, 9) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 10) Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell (2): The reason why I am using McDowell this week is because of allocations. I am out of allocations with Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez. I only have 1 allocation left with Ty Dillon. I do not want to go into Homestead with McDowell and David Ragan or Landon Cassill. McDowell and Dillon have similar cars this week so I will use McDowell Sunday and have the No. 95 and No. 13 ready to go next week a Homestead.
Group C Rankings: 1) Erik Jones, 2) Daniel Suarez, 3) Michael McDowell, 4) Ty Dillon, 5) David Ragan, 6) Landon Cassill
Good luck this week!
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