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Fantasy picks and race winner for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix

By admin | February 23, 2011



By Richard Allen


I play the ESPN Stock Car Challenge fantasy game. It is free and very easy to understand. There are no drafts. Points are amassed based on the NASCAR scoring system. Fantasy players have a budget of $100 per race and each driver is given a value based on his prior performance. Players choose five drivers, while staying within the budget, to make up a team. Obviously, players want to use their ‘money’ wisely so that their team can score maximum points.

Last week’s decision to heavily weight my team with drivers using Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines proved costly as one after another those power plants erupted in plumes of smoke.

This week I am going to bring in a bit more variety to my selections.

Here are the five drivers I have chosen for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 and why:

Carl Edwards- At $22.7 Edwards is my highest priced driver. This track has a relatively quick turnaround in that the Sprint Cup Series raced here in the next to last event of 2010. This driver won that race and it would seem logical to think he will again be strong here just a short time since his previous victory.

Greg Biffle- This driver’s value stands at $21.7. I like the streak the Ford teams and their FR9 engine have been on of late so I am going to have two of those drivers(Edwards being the other) represented on my team this week. Biffle finished 4th at PIR last fall and has the eighth best driver rating on this track at 96.2.

Ryan Newman- In two races held here in 2010 Newman placed 1st and 2nd. Those numbers are pretty hard to argue with. At $19.3 he seems to provide good value considering his recent success at PIR. He has scored a total of five top-5 finishes on this track.

Mark Martin- This driver finished 8th in the fall race at PIR last year and has tallied a total of 19 top-10s on the one-mile facility. His average finish over the course of his career is a very respectable 8.6. He has won here twice. His value on the ESPN scale is 19.2.

Bobby Labonte- This is my value pick of the week. Last week, Labonte surprised more than a few with his top-5 result in Daytona. This pairing with a new team may well have given new life to the 2000 Sprint Cup champion. He has scored nine top-10s in the Valley of the Sun. His value is 15.9.


The winner of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 will be Greg Biffle.

My score from the previous week- 104

This column is for the purpose of advising players on a free fantasy game. No wagers should be made based on the contents herein.

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