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Brian Scott has four Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway, notching his best start of seventh in the 2011 and 2012 events and his best finish of 11th in last year's edition of the race.

Additionally, Scott has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track, where he earned the outside pole in 2009, and holds his best finish of fifth in the event one year ago. He also has two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts at the track, claiming the pole in the 2008 event before earning a fifth-place finish.-Richard Childress Racing
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 07:56:00 PM

Casey Mears earned eight results in the 20s during last year’s 10 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. The only time he failed to finish in that range was during the last two races; he was 31st at Charlotte and 18th at Texas.

His average finish on this track type was 25.1, which is about where fantasy owners can expect him to run again this week. If he fits a niche on a fantasy roster, he should be predictable.
Feb 26 - 10:26 AM

When David Ragan takes the green flag at Atlanta in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500, he will be in the best equipment of his career since leaving Roush-Fenway Racing; in fact, with Joe Gibbs on the rise, it could be the best he has ever run.

Driving for Roush, he scored 10 top-10s and 22 results of 17th or better in 46 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He is still moderately priced in salary cap games and should be one of the best values of the week. Now is the time to lock him in.
Feb 26 - 10:15 AM

The No. 20 and No. 29 teams that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series have been penalized for rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection Feb. 20 at Daytona International Speedway.

The infractions involved unapproved modifications to "Jack Screws". As a result of these violations crew chiefs Doug Howe (No. 20) and Chad Kendrick (No. 29) have been fined $2,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through the end of the calendar year. Both teams have also been docked 10 Championship Driver and Owner Points (No. 20 – Scott Lagasse Jr. and Robert Newberry; No. 29 – Austin Theriault and Brad Keselowski).-NASCAR Media
Feb 25 - 2:56 PM

The No. 20 and No. 29 teams that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series have been penalized for rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection Feb. 20 at Daytona International Speedway.

The infractions involved unapproved modifications to "Jack Screws". As a result of these violations crew chiefs Doug Howe (No. 20) and Chad Kendrick (No. 29) have been fined $2,500 and placed on NASCAR probation through the end of the calendar year. Both teams have also been docked 10 Championship Driver and Owner Points (No. 20 – Scott Lagasse Jr. and Robert Newberry; No. 29 – Austin Theriault and Brad Keselowski).-NASCAR Media
Feb 25 - 2:54 PM

According to Front Row Motorsports' TWITTER feed, "Happy to have Joe Nemechek on board this weekend, driving the #34 @CSX #PlayItSafe Ford at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Feb 25 - 2:31 PM

Ron Hornaday Jr. may have only recently returned to the Cup series, but he has been in stock cars and trucks for a long time. If he qualifies for this week’s Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 it will be his 136th start on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.

Hornaday has 12 victories in Camping World Truck and ARCA Series races on this track type. Two Truck wins and an ARCA victory came at Atlanta, so he should be considered more than just another dark horse this week.
Feb 25 - 9:58 AM

Landon Cassill was occasionally a good value on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year, but he could also be uneven. He failed to qualify in his first attempt at Las Vegas and then had results ranging from 21st to 43rd in the next nine races.

Two of his strongest runs came in the last three races on this track type. He finished 21st at Kansas in the fall and 23rd at Charlotte. His last attempt ended in a DNF and last-place finish, however, so he should be approached with some caution.
Feb 25 - 9:31 AM

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday that David Ragan will serve as interim driver in place of injured Kyle Busch for the next several weeks beginning this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The team said in a statement that Ragan, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran, will run JGR's No. 18 Toyota as Busch recovers from multiple lower-leg injuries suffered in a crash Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Ragan, 29, drove the Front Row Motorsports' No. 34 Ford in Sunday's Daytona 500 and has competed in the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons, bringing the Statesville, North Carolina-based team its only premier series victory in May 2013 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Source: NASCAR.com
Feb 24 - 8:52 PM

Stewart-Haas Racing has named Regan Smith interim driver of its No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend Feb. 26-March 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The race on Sunday will be Smith’s seventh Sprint Cup start at Atlanta. His most recent Sprint Cup start at the 1.54-mile oval was on Sept. 2, 2012 when he finished 14th. Atlanta will be Smith’s second race in the No. 41 car. He drove the Haas Automation Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish last Sunday in the Daytona 500. Smith already had some history with Stewart-Haas Racing prior to Daytona. He subbed for Tony Stewart in the team’s No. 14 car last August at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.-True Speed Communication
Feb 24 - 1:23 PM

If Travis Kvapil qualifies the No. 44 Johnathan Cohen Chevrolet this week, it will be his 14th start on the track but he might not be the dark horse of choice. Atlanta ranks as only his 20th-best track with an average finish of 33rd.

Kvapil has beaten that average in his last two starts, however. He finished 26th and 27th in the 2012 and 2013 races respectively. Those starts came in the No. 93 BK Racing entry.
Feb 24 - 11:29 AM

Mike Bliss will make his 14th attempt at Atlanta this week in the No. 32 Frank Stoddard / Archie St Hilaire Ford. His previous best finish was a 13th while racing for Gene Haas in October 2005.

That was Bliss’ best season overall because he also finished 18th in the March race. Last year he qualified a third Tommy Baldwin Racing car, but was the first one to park on lap 23 with a vibration. Bliss also failed to qualify a Randy Humphrey entry in 2012.
Feb 24 - 11:07 AM




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