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Ryan Blaney – Phoenix has been a good track for Ryan Blaney and he’s a perfect 2 for 2 in terms of finishing in the top ten. In both events he ran well and had a successful afternoon. Last fall he had a solid showing finishing 8th and having a 13th place average running position. Performance wise I’ll note he was slightly worse than his result and if the late cautions didn’t come out he likely would’ve finished 11th. Last spring he also ran well. When the checkered flag waved he finished 10th and earned the 14th best driver rating. Last year in incident free races at shorter flat tracks Blaney typically finished 12th or better. (Yahoo B Driver)

Clint Bowyer – Phoenix hasn’t recently been a good track for Clint Bowyer and over the last five races he hasn’t finished better than 23rd. With that said I think he’s poised to have a good race. He’s had success here in the past in RCR equipment and you have to like how his new organization Stewart-Haas Racing has performed in recent years. Teammate Kurt Busch has five straight top 7 finishes, and teammate Kevin Harvick has seven straight top 4 finishes. In the last two races this season Bowyer has come home with finishes of 10th and 11th. Last fall at Phoenix in his uncompetitive situation he finished 24th and had a 28th place average running position. In spring 2016 he never ran well and went down two laps early when he made an unexpected pit stop on lap 26. When the checkered flag waved he finished 31st. In fall 2015 he was a low-twenties driver who finished 23rd, had a 23rd place average running position and earned the 23rd best driver rating. In spring 2015 he was slightly better than his result (high-teens) but he made an unexpected pit stop around the mid-point which dropped him off the lead lap from 18th to 28th. When the checkered flag waved he finished 24th. (Yahoo B Driver)

Erik Jones – Rookie Erik Jones should have a strong performance at Phoenix and I wouldn’t count him out for a top ten. Last year Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney swept the top ten, so I don’t see why Erik Jones can’t do it. At Phoenix Erik Jones has a fall 2015 start under his belt. In that race Kenseth was suspended and Jones drove the #20. In that event he started in 7th and finished 19th. It’s important to note that result is misleading. He had a 13th place average running position and if it wasn’t for the late caution during the pit cycle which marked the end of the race he likely would’ve finished in that position. Last year at Phoenix in the Xfinity Series Jones had results of 2nd and 10th. (Yahoo C Driver)

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