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Ryan Newman will race chassis No. 441 at Atlanta. It was previously raced at Kentucky, where it finished third after starting seventh.

Newman is one of two drivers along with Matt Kenseth who are probably safe to make the Chase based on points, so he should run a conservative race. His fourth-place qualification effort, however, gives him track position that if maintained could result in another top-five for this chassis.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 30 - 11:54 AM

Justin Allgaier will make his sixth start on one of the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile courses this week and he is seeking his first top-20 on this track type.

Allgaier has come close enough to the top 20 in a couple of races to make the No. 51 a good fantasy value. He finished 24th at Texas and Kentucky. This week he rolls off the grid 31st and will need to avoid trouble early in heavy traffic.
Aug 30 - 11:53 AM

If Kurt Busch finishes in the top 10 this week at Atlanta, it will be the first time since March that he posted consecutive finishes of that magnitude.

Qualifying 22nd, he would seem to have his work cut out for him, but that is precisely where he started at Martinsville. He won that race and recorded his only consecutive top-10s of the season following a third at Auto Club.
Aug 30 - 11:52 AM

Denny Hamlin hopes that a 42nd-place finish in the Quaker State 400 stopped a downward spiral on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. His first four efforts—in order—ended in a 12th at Vegas, 13th at Texas, 18th at Kansas, and 22nd at Charlotte.

The poor finish at Kentucky may have reset his season. Four of his next five races ended in results of 12th or better. He slipped a little at Michigan to finish 16th and was crashed by Kevin Harvick while leading last week’s Irwin Tools Night Race.
Aug 30 - 11:49 AM

With a lap of 190.398 mph, Kevin Harvick earned his sixth pole of the season. Starting up front has been a good omen for this driver. Four of his previous five poles this year ended in top-10 finishes, including a victory at Darlington and second-place finishes at Kansas and Michigan.

Harvick will need an error-free race to finish that well again. Last week he won the pole for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol, but a late-race penalty for speeding on pit road kept him from finishing in the top 10.
Aug 29 - 8:25 PM

Sprint Cup regular Matt Kenseth tops the speed chart in the Happy Hour practice session for the Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The No. 20 Toyota Camry driver ran a fast lap of 177.738 mph. No. 3 Ty Dillon, No. 22 Joey Logano, No. 9 Chase Elliott and No. 60 Chris Buescher round out the top five of the 39 cars out on the track. The No. 46 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Carl Long was the slowest in the final practice session. Kenseth also had a 10-lap average speed in both the first practice and the final practice. His 173.188 mph average was the best of three cars running at least 10 consecutive laps in the first session and his 172.807 mph average was the best of 13 cars running 10 consecutive laps in the final practice session.
Aug 29 - 7:33 PM

Chris Buescher leads the first practice session for the Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The lap of 177.880 mph in the No. 60 Ford Mustang was best of the 36 cars out on the track for this session. No. 20 Matt Kenseth, No. 3 Ty Dillon, No. 54 Kyle Busch and No. 22 Joey Logano are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. John Jackson in the No. 72 Chevrolet Camaro was the slowest.
Aug 29 - 7:31 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta. He went 184.691 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

Included in that 10-lap average was the fourth-fastest speed overall, which was recorded on his second lap. Earnhardt seems to have the right balance of speed and durability over the long run that ends up in top-five finishes on the unrestricted, intermediate speedway, but he needs to qualify among the top 10 in order to utilize that speed.
Aug 29 - 5:26 PM

Carl Edwards posted the fastest lap in the first practice session for the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta. His top speed of 192.855 mph was set during his first lap on the track.

Edwards has a long history of success on this track, but Roush-Fenway Racing’s struggles in 2014 have made him a questionable fantasy value. This practice has gone a long way to answering that query and if he remains fast on Saturday, he could become a favorite.
Aug 29 - 4:04 PM

In a press conference prior to the first practice session for the Oral-B USA 500, NASCAR president Mike Helton announced that Tony Stewart will receive a waiver and would be eligible for a Chase berth if he wins one of the final two regular season races.

The waiver is a secondary concern for Stewart this week as he simply looks to return to a sense of normalcy by racing. In his press conference earlier in the day, Stewart was still visibly shaken by the fatal event that led to his three-week hiatus and until he gets inside the car, it is simply too soon for fantasy players to assess his ability to challenge for a top-10 position.
Aug 29 - 2:08 PM

Based on his consistency, Cole Whitt could be a conditionally good pick for fantasy players. His last four efforts on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks of Texas, Kansas, Charlotte, and Kentucky have ended in results ranging from 27th to 31st.

Whitt will not anchor many rosters, but if he fits the final niche he could be a good value. Consistency is often at least as important for players as raw strength.
Aug 29 - 10:06 AM

Kurt Busch will race chassis No. 760 at Atlanta. This car has been raced previously at Kansas in May and Indy in July.

Chassis No. 760 did not fare well in either race, finishing 29th at Kansas and 28th at Indy. As is often the case with this driver, he showed promise during the afternoon, but ultimately it is the finishing result that matters most to fantasy owners.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 29 - 10:05 AM

Aric Almirola’s record on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year resembles a bell curve. He has three top-12 finishes at Texas, Kansas, and Charlotte, which are bracketed by a 25th at Vegas and 39th at Kentucky.

Almirola has had several bad runs since winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and needs to turn his fortune around. In the past six races, his average finish is 26.3 and even if he improves on that, he might not be a great value in this week’s Oral-B USA 500.
Aug 29 - 10:04 AM

Kyle Larson has been consistently strong everywhere NASCAR has raced this year, but some of his most modest results have come on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. With the exception of a fifth at Texas and 12th at Kansas, the remainder of his efforts ended outside the top 15.

In certain games, Larson may still be a good value. He finished 19th at Vegas and 18th at Charlotte, which gave him a sweep of the top 20 entering Kentucky. In that race he cut a tire and pounded the wall, but he was already struggling prior to the incident.
Aug 29 - 10:03 AM

Jimmie Johnson will race chassis No. 48-797 this week. This is the same car he drove at Michigan two weeks ago and finished ninth.

Johnson overcame a mid-race problem with his shifter lever in that race and the ninth-place finish might have been better without that problem. This team has long been one of the best on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and should be considered one of the marquee choices for the Oral-B USA 500.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 29 - 10:01 AM


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