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13. Ryan Newman, #31 Caterpillar, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]

Newman has been rock solid at Bristol lately, logging eight top-12 finishes in his last 11 starts at the track, including five finishes of seventh or better. With zero top-five finishes during the stretch, his upside is a bit limited. However, his consistency is tough to overlook.

14. Paul Menard, #27 Menards, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]

After posting mediocre results at Bristol for most of his career, Menard has been on a mini roll lately. He has four straight top-10s at the track, compiling an 8.8 average finish during the stretch. Last year, Menard finished ninth in the March event and sixth in the summer race. He should make a solid sleeper in all formats.

15. Greg Biffle, #16 3M/Bondo, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]

He has never been dominant at Bristol, but Biffle has always been solid at the track. In fact, his 11.9 average finish in the last 20 races ranks fourth in the series. On the flip side, a ninth-place finish is Biffle's only top-10 run in his last five starts at Bristol so he doesn't have a ton of upside, but he can still be counted on for a solid showing.

16. Jamie McMurray, #1 McDonald's/Cessna, Chip Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class B]

Bristol has been kind to McMurray the past few seasons. In his last nine starts at the track, he has finished 11th or better six times. Perhaps more importantly, he hasn't finished worse than 21st during the stretch so in addition to his top-10 upside, he is a fairly safe pick.

17. Denny Hamlin, #11 FedEx, Joe Gibbs Racing [Yahoo Class B]

Hamlin broke through with a win at Bristol in the summer of 2012, but the victory has been his lone bright spot at the track lately. He has six finishes outside the top 15 in his last eight starts at the track, including four finishes outside the top 20. Hamlin is certainly talented enough to pull off another surprise win, but given his lack of consistency, he should probably be saved for another week in most formats.

18. Carl Edwards, #99 Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]

He is a two-time winner at Bristol, but he seems to have lost the feel for the track the past couple of years. Edwards has finished 18th or worse in four straight starts at the track, compiling a dismal 29.5 average finish. His overall record at Bristol remains respectable, but his recent struggles make him a very risky pick.

19. Martin Truex, Jr., #78 Furniture Row, Furniture Row Racing [Yahoo Class B]

Truex has emerged as a fairly reliable fantasy option at Bristol in recent years. He has finished 17th or better seven times in his last eight starts at the track. During the stretch, he has finished 12th or better five times, including four times in his last five starts.

20. Marcos Ambrose, #9 Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]

Outside of the road courses, Bristol has been one of Ambrose's best tracks. In 10 starts, he has compiled a solid 15.9 average finish. Ambrose only has two finishes outside the top 20 at Bristol compared to six top-15 finishes.

21. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #17 Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest, Roush Fenway Racing [Yahoo Class B]

Stenhouse has a solid rookie season at Bristol. He finished 16th in the March event and 18th in the summer race. Even if he just backs up his numbers from last year, Stenhouse will be a decent sleeper play, and there is a good chance he will improve a bit with a year of experience under his belt.

22. Tony Stewart, #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1, Stewart-Haas Racing [Yahoo Class B]

Plain and simple, Stewart has struggled at Bristol the past couple of seasons. He has gone six straight starts at the track without logging a top-10 finish, and worse yet, he has finished outside the top 25 four times during the stretch.

23. Kyle Larson, #42 Target, Chip Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class C]

The rookie will be making his Bristol debut, and while experience won't be on his side, he still has some sleeper potential. For one, his No. 42 team has enjoyed a lot of success at Bristol in recent years. Meanwhile, Larson nearly won his Nationwide Series debut at the track.

24. A.J. Allmendinger, #47 Kingsford/Clorox, JTG Daugherty Racing [Yahoo Class B]

His 25.7 average finish at Bristol isn't all that inviting, but Allmendinger has been heading in the right direction at the track. He has three straight finishes of 17th or better, and during the stretch, he has a notched a pair of top-15s. Allmendinger could sneak into the top 20 this weekend, making him a viable sleeper option for fantasy owners.

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