The Frontstretch: Fantasy Insight: Phoenix (Dazzling Them in the Desert) by Dennis Michelsen -- Thursday November 10, 2005

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Fantasy Insight: Phoenix (Dazzling Them in the Desert)

Dennis Michelsen · Thursday November 10, 2005


If any track that isn’t a short track deserves to have two races each year, it is Phoenix International Raceway. The combination of great racing and great facility makes this a no-brainer to schedule twice. Having this track as part of the Chase is also a wise move. This is a driver’s track that requires outstanding car control ability to survive! This week we should once again see the Roush drivers up front. Tony Stewart, with just two races to go, might start playing it safe, but expect the others to be charging hard.

Looking beyond the Chasers, despite never finding Victory Lane here Jeff Gordon has the second best average finish to Mark Martin. Don’t look too far past the Roush and the Hendrick drivers when making your picks this week.

Checker Auto Parts 500 by the Numbers
Horses for Courses (Top Drivers at Phoenix)
1 Jeff Gordon
2 Ryan Newman
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr
4 Kurt Busch
5 Brian Vickers

Consistency Ratings (Top Drivers in Last Five Races)
1 Jimmie Johnson
2 Carl Edwards
3 Tony Stewart
4 Ryan Newman
5 Mark Martin

Overall Power Ratings (Our Exclusive Forecasting Model)
1 Jeff Gordon
2 Ryan Newman
3 Jimmie Johnson
4 Kurt Busch
5 Mark Martin

The complete statistics for this week can be found at [[RaceTeamUSA]]"¦the exclusive statistical web site for Frontstretch.

Fearless Forecast

Top Pick
Mark Martin
Needs a win to keep his title hopes alive.

Strong Picks
Jeff Gordon
His new crew chief is starting to give Jeff cars he can drive.

Jimmie Johnson
Best way to put pressure on Stewart is to win this Sunday.

Kyle Busch
Eighth place finish in the spring has this rookie aiming higher.

Hunch Bet
Jeff Burton
Last win came right here back in 2001.

Longshot Bet
Ricky Rudd
30-1, and a great sentimental choice with him announcing his retirement this week.

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