The temperature down in Phoenix is about to get higher this coming weekend, as the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series goes to Avondale for the 2020 FanShield 500. We’ve already delivered the goods on who the favorites for this NASCAR Cup Series race will be, but if you’re looking for some high-value sleepers we have three drivers to watch out for. Read more about these high-value racers below.
Sleeper Picks and Predictions for the FanShield 500 NASCAR Cup Series Race on March 8, 2020
Where: Phoenix Raceway, Avondale
When: Sunday, March 8, 2020, green flag at 3:30 PM ET
Erik Jones (30/1 Vegas Odds)
Jones finally got a top 10 finish this season when he steered his No. 20 Toyota machine to a 10th-place campaign at the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California over the weekend. Could that mean better thing to come for the young gun? Jones, who is only 23, has raced just seven times at the Phoenix Raceway, but you have to like what he’s shown there in the past. Jones has four top 10s and a top 5 — a fourth-place at the 2017 edition of The Can-Am 500 – over those starts in Phoenix.
William Byron (25/1 Vegas Odds)
Speaking of up-and-coming drivers, Byron is another youngster who could have a bright future in the major league of stock car auto racing. Byron is only 22 and has shown some brilliance of late. Take for example his win at the Duel at Daytona just before the Daytona 500. While he finished just 40th at the Great American Race, Byron has gradually gone better since. HE had a 22nd-place finish at the Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway before placing 15th at the Auto Club 400 last week in Fontana. Byron will look to do even better at the Phoenix Raceway, and with reasons to believe so. Byton has a trio of top 17s at the track in four appearances there dating back to 2018. In addition, Byron has a 14.20 average finish in intermediate tracks.
Clint Bowyer (40/1 Vegas Odds)
Bowyer has yet to hit paydirt in Phoenix. He’s raced there 29 times in his career thus far but has zero wins to show. However, Bowyer has seemingly gotten better there over his past few trips down to the desert. Bowyer has finished no worse than 11th in three of his past four starts at the Phoenix Raceway, dating back to 2018.
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