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In his previous 16 starts at Talladega, Carl Edwards has one top-five and four top-10 finishes.

His average start at Talladega is 15.4, his average finish is 20.9. He has completed 88 percent of his laps attempted at Talladega, and led 25 laps. After spending the entire October 2011 race in the back of the field with Roush Fenway teammate Greg Biffle, Edwards avoided the accidents and surged to the front with two laps to go for an 11th-place finish.-Roush Fenway Racing
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 08:33:00 PM

Erik Jones has earned three top-10s and finished outside the top 30 three times in 12 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

That makes Jones and all or nothing proposition this week on the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway. He should not be used in games where he is among the most expensive options, but if he fits the final slot of your roster, he can easily get slotted in.
Feb 21 - 6:00 PM

Chris Buescher scored his first career top-10 on one of the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series last year with a sixth at Kansas Speedway.

With that as a potential high point, fantasy owners can be very happy with the remainder of his finishes on this track type. They ranged from 16th to 27th in a fairly narrow and predictable band. His overall average on "cookie-cutter" tracks last year was slightly better than 20th.
Feb 21 - 6:00 PM

Seven of Michael McDowell’s 10-best similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track finishes came last year with Leavine Family Racing, including his best-ever 11th at Kansas Speedway in May.

McDowell should be in similar equipment this week and that should make him fantasy relevant if he can score another top-25, but only if he qualifies in the high-20s so that he can add some place-differential points.
Feb 21 - 5:59 PM

Martin Truex Jr. is the new king of the "cookie-cutter" tracks with six wins on this course type in 2017.

Those six victories represent 40 percent of his total and if one includes Homestead-Miami Speedway in the mix despite its unique shape, he is closer to .500. Regardless of whether that is counted as part of the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, Truex won last year’s championship by being the master of the 1.5-milers. And yet, his best finish of third at Atlanta Motor Speedway came nearly five years ago in fall 2013.
Feb 21 - 5:58 PM

With a career average finish of 20.5 in 13 starts, Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of AJ Allmendinger’s best tracks.

Three of Allmendinger’s 13 top-10s have come on this track and that makes him a driver to watch this week. One of these—a seventh in 2015—came with his current JTG-Daugherty Racing team.
Feb 21 - 5:57 PM

Austin Wayne Self (No. 22 Don’t mess with Texas/AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado) will make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.

His lone NCWTS start at the track came in 2016, where he earned a 16th-place finish. Recapping Daytona: Self had a strong truck in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, but battled some bad luck and ultimately finished the night in 20th.-Niece Motorsports
Feb 21 - 5:42 PM

Kyle Busch has nine previous wins on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and will challenge for his 10th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Two of his previous wins on this course type came at Atlanta. He won the 2008 Kobalt Tools 500 after starting sixth. His most recent win there came in fall 2013 after starting ninth. In fact, all but one of his nine prior wins on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks came after he started in the top 10, so look to his qualification effort as a sign to start or park him.
Feb 21 - 11:25 AM

Ty Dillon has made 16 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and earned two top-15s along the way.

One of these top-15s came at Atlanta Motor Speedway last spring in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 when he finished 15th after starting 26th. That added 11 place-differential points to his total and made him a solid fantasy value. The other came last May with a 14th at Kansas Speedway.
Feb 21 - 11:24 AM

Gray Gaulding ran all 10 similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races last year and his best effort came with BK Racing—the team he will drive for at Atlanta Motor Speedway in this week’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Gaulding finished 27th last May at Charlotte Motor Speedway after starting 32nd, but then he moved into the Premium Motorsports No. 55. With that team, he scored three consecutive results in the 30s before finally getting back to 28th at Kansas Speedway in the fall. He ended the year with a 40th—and a blown engine—with BK Racing at Texas Motor Speedway.
Feb 21 - 11:22 AM

Denny Hamlin is still angry at Sunday’s comments made by Darrell Wallace Jr. suggesting he needed medication to help with attention deficit disorder.

Wallace made the comments during the post-race interview after the Daytona 500. In the run to the checkers, Wallace aggressively side drafted Hamlin, which the driver of the No. 11 says cut his tire. Hamlin’s car drove Wallace up to the wall, but the rookie managed to finish second by an inch or two. Hamlin’s budding rivalry with first-year Wallace comes on the heels of his run-in with then second-year Chase Elliott last fall.
Feb 21 - 10:12 AM

Driver Marc-Antoine Camirand, who will compete full-time in the NASCAR Pinty’s series in 2018, is excited to be at the wheel of the new No. 22 Camaro.

While the Camaro made an astonishing come back in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, winning the 2018 Daytona 500 with Richard Childress Racing No. 3 car driven by Austin Dillon, it will be on track in the NASCAR Pinty’s series in May, for the season opener at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, ON.
Feb 20 - 8:40 PM




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