Matt Kenseth – Last year at Phoenix Matt Kenseth had finishes of 13th and 14th. This time around in the  Subway Fresh Fit 500 I think he’ll be a contender for the win. Joe Gibbs Racing cars are as good as it gets on this track type. His teammates last November finished 2nd and 3rd. Before Joey Logano became a causality of the Gordon / Bowyer incident he was running in 6th. With the introduction of the new Gen6 car some teams will be faster out of the gate than others. I expect Joe Gibbs Racing to be one one of the quickest to figure this car out based on historical precedence. (Yahoo! A Driver)

Kasey Kahne – Kasey Kahne has strong fantasy potential at Phoeinx. In 2011 he was the inaugural winner on the new layout with the defunct Red Bull Racing organization. He didn’t back up his win very well though in March 2012. In this race a year ago he was running in second but on lap 21 he over drove his car and pounded the wall. Last fall he had no such problem. He started in 4th and finished 4th. He also had a 5th place average running position and recorded the third best driver rating (119.1). Excluding his March Phoenix performance Kahne ranked as one of the best drivers on shorter flat tracks last season (Phoenix, Richmond and New Hampshire). In these five races he had one win and four top five finishes. In terms of points accumulated he ranked second to fellow Top Tier Elite driver Denny Hamlin. (Yahoo! A Driver)

Jamie McMurray – Jamie McMurray was very uncompetitive at Phoenix last November. He finished 23rd and had a 22nd place average running position. Not many people (don’t know who) would consider Casey Mears a good fantasy prospect but he finished ahead of McMurray. In the March 2012 race he was involved in an accident. Between the Phoenix, New Hampshire and Richmond races last year McMurray had a 23.7 average finish and only one result better than 20th. (Yahoo! B Driver)

Brad Keselowski – Brad Keselwoski was very good at Phoenix last November. He was so good he earned the #1 spot on my Phoenix PROS Rankings. He finished 6th but I think he had the best car. What happened is that as soon as he took the lead from Kyle Busch with 79 laps to go Jimmie Johnson wrecked the following lap. After that he became super conservative on the track and no longer raced for the win because “you know who” was in the garage. In long runs in November no one was better than Keselowski. In March last year Brad was also very fast. He had a 7th place average running position and finished 5th. (Yahoo! A Driver)

Bobby Labonte – Remember Bobby Labonte at Phoenix last year? I bet that stumped you. In 2012 he had finishes of 15th and 16th. If you’re a Bobby Labonte fan or just somebody who wants to pick him that’s as good as it will get for him outside of high attrition tracks. In the other race on the reconfigured Phoenix he finished 21st. In the Subway Fresh Fit 500 I think it would be best to pencil him in for about a 20th place finish or worse. (Yahoo! B Driver)

Paul Menard – SLEEPER ALERT! Paul Menard was very good in November. He started in 7th and finished 9th. In the first half of the race his average running position likely would’ve been around 4th because he consistently ran near the front. In the second half they didn’t play the strategy game as well as others and lost track position. Last March Menard had about a 15th place car but was involved in an accident. In the first race on the new configuration he finished 9th (2011). Last season at each shorter flat track Menard had one good finish and one not so good finish. Before the Phoenix race last year Menard tested the Gen6 car and was happy with how it performed. He liked what he learned so much he incorporated that into the car he finished 9th with in November. (Yahoo! B Driver)

David Ragan – Don’t expect David Ragan to have any fantasy impact at Phoenix. In three races on the reconfigured layout he’s had finishes of 33rd, 25th and 33rd. Even from a career perspective he’s really struggled here. In twelve total races he’s only led 1 lap, finished better than 19th once and has a 27.2 average finish. Last season between the Phoenix, New Hampshire and Richmond races Ragan had a 31.7 average finish. Essentially the only drivers who were worse than him were start and parkers. (Yahoo! C Driver)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will have mid pack potential in the Phoenix Subway Fresh Fit 500. Last Novemeber when the series visited Phoenix none of his teammates were even close to being contenders for the win. That’s really the best gauge for evaluating this rookie. Last year in the Nationwide Series Stenhouse Jr. had a pair of third place finishes. (Yahoo! C Driver)