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AJ Allmendinger hopes to pick up where he left off last year. His last three attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks ended in a sweep of the top 15 and lead lap finishes.

Once Allmendinger won the road course race at Watkins Glen, his confidence seemed to improve and that had an impact on other track types as well. Allmendinger will almost certainly fly under the radar screen for most players, which could make him extremely useful.
Feb 27 - 9:57 AM

In 10 previous attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in the Cup series, Michael Annett has finished better than he started eight times.

At Atlanta last year he advanced from 25th to 21st, but his last attempt at Texas showed even better improvement. He qualified 33rd and finished 22. This makes him a decent value in contests that award place differential points like the Fantasy Live game.
Feb 27 - 9:52 AM

Matt DiBenedetto will share driving duties in the No. 83 with Johnny Sauter and that responsibility starts this week. Making the show at Atlanta will be a huge task because the Young Gun has qualified for only 14 similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races in the XFINITY series.

Most of these starts ended early behind the wall, but DiBenedetto has been running at the end of five races. His best finish was a 16th in Curtis Key’s No. 40 at Kansas last October.
Feb 27 - 9:47 AM

When David Gilliland rolls off the grid for the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500, it will be his 50th start on one of NASCAR’s similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks with Front Row Motorsports.

Gilliland has not yet cracked the top 15 with this team on this track type, but his best effort was a 17th in the 2013 AdvoCare 500. With a little luck, he could find that elusive result on a course that usually rewards horsepower above other traits.
Feb 27 - 9:41 AM

Justin Allgaier progressively improved last year on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and he looks to continue in 2015. It took nine attempts before he finished on the lead lap, but once he did he went the full distance at both Charlotte and Texas.

Allgaier was a good fantasy value on both tracks with a 15th in the Bank of America 500 and a 20th in the AAA Texas 500. He should be considered one of the top dark horses this week.
Feb 27 - 9:37 AM

Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski will be making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series of the 2015 season in Saturday's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He will pilot the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150.

Keselowski NCWTS notes: Has three previous NCWTS starts at Atlanta where he's completed 99.24 percent of total possible laps (392 of 395). Claimed his first NCWTS victory at Bristol Motor Speedway last August in his most recent series start. Owns nine top five and 14 top 10 finishes in 62 career NCWTS starts.-Brad Keselowski Racing
Feb 26 - 8:49 PM

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 19 Draw-Title/Reese Towpower Ford F-150 will be making his first Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start Saturday afternoon in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200.

Reddick's Notes: Grabbed his first NCWTS victory last week at Daytona by .173 seconds over the second place truck. First victory came in his 18th career start, third on a restrictor plate track. Leads the NCWTS championship standings by six points - first time in his career he has been the points leader. Has one pole, two top fives and six top 10 finishes in 11 career superspeedway starts - best finish is fourth place (twice).-Brad Keselowski Racing
Feb 26 - 8:44 PM

Carrying the momentum of a career best 12th place finish under the lights Friday night at the Daytona, Georgia native Korbin Forrester looks towards another strong run at the Atlanta Motor Speedway when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competes in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200.

The Cedartown, GA native is excited to get behind the wheel of the No. 08 Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Chevrolet for his first NASCAR event in his home state, "Even though I’ve never run there before, I’m coming with the right group of people to be competitive with and a team who has experience at Atlanta that will help me get our Tilted Kilt Chevy up to speed quickly." It will also be Forrister’s first race on a mile-and a half speedway in the NCWTS.-SSRacingOnline PR
Feb 26 - 8:40 PM

BK Racing continues to add to its driver roster, announcing Thursday that Matt DiBenedetto has joined the team and will compete part-time in the Sprint Cup Series this season.

Dibenedetto will initially split driving duties in the No. 83 BKR Toyota Camry with veteran driver Johnny Sauter, who raced the car and finished 19th in last Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500. Dibenedetto is being immediately put into action, as he’ll attempt to qualify for Sunday’s QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. If he makes it, Dibenedetto will compete in his first career Sprint Cup race.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 26 - 7:58 PM

Jeff Gordon posted the fastest single lap in the afternoon test session at Atlanta. His top speed was 188.424 mph, which was posted early in his run. Gordon also posted the quickest 10-lap average in that session with a speed of 185.458 mph during his first 10 laps around the track.

The speeds were uniformly lower in the second session, but they were also tighter. Gordon beat Ryan Newman by only one-thousandth of a second in that session as NASCAR continues to search for parity among teams.
Feb 26 - 6:33 PM

Kevin Harvick posted the quickest 10-lap average in the Thursday morning test session at Atlanta. He recorded a speed of 183.342 mph from his ninth through 18th laps.

Only four other drivers made long runs in the session, but two of them are among the weekly contenders. Harvick bettered Matt Kenseth (182.827 mph), Brett Moffitt (182.606), and Clint Bowyer (182.173).
Feb 26 - 6:25 PM

Jamie McMurray posted the fastest single lap in Thursday morning’s test at Atlanta. His top speed was 191.549 mph, which was more than 1.3 mphs faster than teammate Kyle Larson who was second in that session.

With individual testing banned by NASCAR, these pre-weekend sessions give teams a chance to evaluate and become comfortable with the new aerodynamic package.
Feb 26 - 6:21 PM

Michael McDowell and the No. 95 team blew an engine at Las Vegas last year in the second attempt of the season, while they still had plans to make all the races. Once they trimmed their schedule, results improved.

Five of the six races for which they qualified on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks ended in a narrow range of results from 29th to 32nd, which made them an interesting choice for the bottom salary cap slot.
Feb 26 - 10:47 AM

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

After finishing 36th in the Kobalt 400 at Vegas last spring, Cole Whitt improved on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and had a worst result of 31st. His average on this track type was 27.8.

His last three attempts at Kansas, Charlotte, and Texas ended in results of 23rd, 28th, and 26th respectively, which suggest he is on the rise. Front Row Motorsports will undergo some changes this week after loaning David Ragan to Joe Gibbs Racing, but that should not impact Whitt’s performance.
Feb 26 - 10:25 AM

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