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It has been a rough couple of weeks for fantasy owners. After mechanical issues and an oil spill caused chaos at Watkins Glen, engine gremlins in the Hendrick Motorsports camp at Michigan continued the headache. Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson all suffered engine failures, and Johnson's motor let go with six laps remaining while he was in the lead. Throw in a bizarre, violent wreck for pole-sitter Mark Martin as he was busy dominating the race, and fantasy owners had several opportunities to see promising days ruined.

This weekend's trip to Bristol Motor Speedway might not provide much relief either. The half-mile track was reconfigured following the March race in an attempt to restore the traditional, bumping and banging action that Bristol was famous for prior to a 2007 reconfiguration. Unlike the widened surface with progressive banking that was added in '07, the new layout features a much more narrow racing groove. Whether it will produce the same type of racing that produced so many bump-and-runs back in Bristol's glory days remains to be seen, but either way the new track is bound to benefit some drivers and give others fits. Given all the unknowns, Saturday night's race will definitely present a challenge to fantasy owners.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  2. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  3. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  4. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  5. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  6. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  7. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  8. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  9. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  10. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  11. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  12. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  13. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  14. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  15. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  16. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  17. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  18. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  19. Paul Menard, Menards
  20. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  21. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  22. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  23. Juan Montoya, Target
  24. Sam Hornish, Jr., SKF/AAA
  25. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  26. Regan Smith, Guy Roofing
  27. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  28. Bobby Labonte, TBA
  29. Travis Kvapil, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
  30. David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops/A&W Restaurants
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