Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart just can't seem to get away from each other. The two title contenders are separated by just three points with two races remaining, and fresh off a 1-2 finish at Texas, Stewart and Edwards qualified eighth and ninth for Sunday's race at Phoenix. Both teams are firing on all cylinders, and at this point, there is a good chance the championship will be up for grabs until the checkered flag waves at Homestead next weekend.
While the focus will be on Stewart and Edwards Sunday, fantasy owners have plenty of other options to choose from as well. Qualifying provided a host of potential sleeper options, while several big names struggled on the track's new configuration. A.J. Allmendinger, Marcos Ambrose, Mark Martin and Martin Truex Jr. will all start in the top five Sunday, and Jamie McMurray and David Reutimann will join them in the top 10. Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch are among the drivers that will start outside the top 15, while Kevin Harvick, Kyle
Busch, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer are just a few of the big names starting outside the top 25.
With the newly repaved track expected to have one groove for a majority of the race, track position is more valuable than ever. As a result, fantasy owners have to seriously consider taking a chance on some of the surprise drivers starting in the top 10. While nobody seems exactly sure of what to expect Sunday, the consensus among drivers seems to be that passing will be difficult. A wrecked-filled race could be in the works, and being out front early could be the key to staying out of trouble.
About Brian Polking
Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.
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