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The Cup series returns to Bristol for what is always an action packed race. We have a traditional weekend schedule with an hour of practice and qualifying on Friday, two more hours of practice on Saturday and the race on Sunday. Friday and Saturday are forecast to be great weather days with sunshine and a high near 80. Rain is forecast for Sunday, so we'll be keeping our fingers crossed that we can get this race in.
Here is my first take on drivers to be focused on this week:
Kevin Harvick -- He has finished no worse than 8th in his last five Bristol races. He hasn't led a ton of laps, but he's been as solid and consistent as anyone the last few years. The question will be whether he is worth the $11,500 price tag.
Kyle Busch -- Kyle has been up and down at Bristol. Last Fall, he won the race while leading 156 of 500 laps. But in Spring, he didn't lead any laps and finished 35th. In 2016, he led 256 laps in the Fall race but had a late accident and finished 39th. In the Spring of 2016, he again didn't lead a lap and finished 38th. He's been on a roll lately and is a candidate to lead 100+ laps on Sunday, so he has to be on any watch list. But he does carry a lot of risk and a $11,300 salary.
Kyle Larson -- Larson was great at Bristol last year. In Spring, he started from the pole, led 202 laps, and finished 6th. In Fall, he started 2nd, led 70 laps, and finished 9th. However, in the three races before that, he didn't crack the Top 20. Another up and down guy with the potential to lead 100+ laps on Sunday. $9,700 salary.
Joey Logano -- Logano has two Bristol wins during his time at Team Penske. In the last five Bristol races, he has a win, four Top 10 finishes and a worst finish of 13th place. He's also led laps in four of those five races. At $9,300, he comes at a decent discount off the top tier of drivers. He has finished in the Top 7 in all but one race so far this year.
Eric Jones -- Last Fall, Jones started on the pole and led 260 laps before finishing 2nd. In his only other Cup race at Bristol last Spring, he started 14th and finished 17th. He ran very well last week at Texas. $8,300 salary.
Rickey Stenhouse -- In ten career Cup races at Bristol, Stenhouse has five Top 10s and has never finished worse than 21st. However, he also has 0 laps led at the track. At $7,600, he's could be a good mid-level play depending on his starting position.
Trevor Bayne -- At $6,000, Bayne could be a good salary saver this week. In his last five Bristol races, he has finished no worse than 15th. He even has two Top 10 finishes and other finishes of 11th and 12th. Bristol is by far his best track for average finishing position in his Cup career.
Matt DiBenedetto -- At $5,600, DeBenedetto is another potential salary saver. He has finished in the Top 20 in three of the last four Bristol races -- all with sub-standard teams. In the remaining race, he started 34th and finished 26th, so still had a decent day. We'll be hoping he starts near the back to give us position difference point potential.
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My name is Steve and I've won thousands playing NASCAR fantasy racing games. This blog will share my advice for enjoying and winning your fantasy racing games. I'm also a NASCAR writer at the motor sports website slicksandsticks.com