May 9, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose during qualifying for the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Power Rankings Sonoma - Fantasy Insider

The first road course race is at one of the most beautiful parts of northern California — Sonoma.

That is right boys and girls, they’re turning right and left, trying to take the checkers and a big sip of that locally grown kool-aide they call wine.

This race always attracts the road race ringers, and Boris Said and the “Said Heads” will be on this Sunday. Boris’ stats are not impressive with only one top 10 in the last five years and an average finish of 20.8. Nevertheless, he gives you that option of resting Kyle Larson for those all important left turn races you know Larson is going to do well at.

Marcos Ambrose should be a must-have driver when were talking turning right at Sonoma and with good reason. Ambrose has the best average starting position at Sonoma with a staggering 4.3 average the past five years. The amazing stat on Marcos at Sonoma is that he’s never won this race but his stats are good with one top five and four top 10s, a pole spot and an average finish of 6.5, making him worthy of checking off his name in any fantasy league.

Kurt Busch has the second best starting average at Sonoma at 7.3 with a win, three top fives and three top 10s and an average finish of 10th. Don’t let Kurt’s average finish fool you; he’s been in inferior equipment the past few years, and now with Stewart-Haas Racing, those stats should rise.

Last year’s winner was Martin Truex Jr., and he should be a good buy for Sonoma. Truex has been running very well lately, getting his points across on how he likes his race cars, which is a big plus to get that all important win to make the Chase. His stats are not bad with one win, one top five and two top 10s.

Jeff Gordon has the best career stats at Sonoma with five wins, five poles, 13 top fives and 17 top 10s. He’s worth a serious look, even though his price might be a little high on most fantasy games.

Most wins by a manufacturer goes to Chevy with 10, but Toyota has been coming up big lately with two wins that I know of the last three years.

Here are the ten best power rankings the past five years at Sonoma:

 

10 Carl Edwards- 2 top 5s and 2 top 10s, average finish 14.0.

9 A.J. Allmendinger- 1 top 10, average finish 11.7.

8 Greg Biffle- 3 top 10′s, average finish 11.3.

7 Kasey Kahne- 1 top 5 and 2 top 10s, average finish 11.0.

6 Clint Bowyer- 1 win, 3 top 5s and 3 top 10s, avg finish 10.3.

5 Kurt Busch- 1 win, 3 top 10s and 3 top 10s, avg finish 10.0.

4 Kevin Harvick- 1 top 5 and 3 top 10s, average finish 9.5.

3 Marcos Ambrose- 1 top 5 and 4 top 10s, average finish 6.5.

2 Jimmie Johnson- 1 win, 2 top 5s and 4 top 10s, avg finish 5.5.

1 Jeff Gordon- 3 top 5s and 4 top 10s, average finish 3.8.

 

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