Martin Truex Jr 2017 Fantasy
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Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. should be on your short list of favorites at Sonoma. He’s a recent winner who’s had some very strong showings in recent races despite what some of his results show. Last year at Sonoma he had a very strong car that was one of the fastest over long runs. Late in the race he was a serious factor. When the checkered flag waved he earned the best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and finished 5th. In 2015 he had a short race and on lap 29 shortly after a restart he crashed into a tire barrier in turn 8. Prior to that restart he typically ran around 13th. In the four Sonoma races prior to that he had the 4th best driver rating, a 10.5 average running position, an 11.5 average finish and led 66 laps. In 2014 he ran well and was top ten strong but lost a few positions late and finished 15th. In 2013 Martin Truex Jr. raced his way to victory lane. He started in 14th, had a 6th place average running position, led 51 laps and earned the best driver rating by 30 points. In the race he drove flawlessly and was unchallenged at the end. His margin of victory was 8.133 seconds. (Yahoo A Driver)

Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch is an elite road course racer who’ll be one of the drivers to beat. In the last two season’s on this track type he’s scored the 5th (2016) and 1st most points (2015). At Sonoma Busch is a two-time winner who’s been very competitive in recent races In the last two Sonoma races Busch has the 2nd best driver rating, a 4.0 average finish, and a 6.5 average running position. Last year he was very strong and had one of the best cars. In the race he earned the 3rd best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position and finished 7th. Performance wise I thought he was better than his result. In 2015 at Sonoma Kyle Busch likely had about the 3rd best car but that didn’t stop him from reaching victory lane. The turning point for him in the race was a late caution when he pitted and came out first among the drivers with new tires. That allowed him to quickly catch the three drivers ahead of him who were on old tires at the end. In addition to finishing 1st he earned the 3rd best driver rating, had an 8th place average running position and led 17 laps. Prior to that victory at Sonoma he was in quite a slump there having a 24.8 average finish between that win, and his 2008 victory. (Yahoo A Driver)

Clint Bowyer  – Look for Clint Bowyer to be a contender to win at Sonoma. He’s a past champion who’s runs extremely well here. Stewart-Haas cars have been very competitive in recent season’s so you can count on him having a strong car. Last year when he was in uncompetitive equipment he finished dead last after completing just 5 laps before he had an electrical fire that marked the end of his race. In the five Sonoma races prior to that he finished in the top ten every race, had a 4.6 average finish and an 8.4 average running position. In 2015 in his most recent race in a good car he ran very well finishing 3rd and earning the 4th best driver rating. In 2014 he spun but rebounded to finish 10th. In the three Sonoma races prior to that he finished 5th, 1st, and 4th. (Yahoo B Driver)

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