Turner Scott Motorsports-32-NCWTS

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In the past two seasons, David Gilliland has finished in the top 20 only twice in 15 similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races. His best result was a 17th in last year’s Atlanta AdvoCare 500.

Gilliland hopes that lightning can strike twice and he came close to scoring another top-20 this spring at Texas. He finished 22nd in the Duck Commander 500, but should only be considered a dark horse to back that up in Atlanta.
Aug 27 - 5:21 PM

Martin Truex Jr. finished in the top five in his last two Atlanta attempts with Michael Waltrip Racing. The No. 78 team finished fourth last year with Kurt Busch behind the wheel and they both hope to keep that momentum alive.

Truex has not had the same level of success with his new team, however. Whether the lack of results is because of poor communication or bad luck, it is best to leave them in the garage and cheer from a distance this week.
Aug 27 - 5:20 PM

Greg Biffle enters the weekend with a four-race, top-10 streak this season dating back to the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono. His previous two attempts at New Hampshire and Indy ended in top-15s.

Biffle should be considered a favorite to keep his top-15 streak alive, but he could be a long shot to finish in the top 10. His last three efforts at Atlanta ended in top-15s, but he has not finished better than 11th there since spring 2010.
Aug 27 - 5:19 PM

Joey Logano has scored six consecutive top-12 finishes on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, including a victory in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas.

Logano’s solid performance on this track type outweighs his apparent struggles at Atlanta. Prior to last year, he failed to crack the top 15 a single time in six attempts, but with his new Penske ride he finished second to Kyle Busch in the 2013 Atlanta AdvoCare 500.
Aug 27 - 5:18 PM

Michael Annett finished in the mid to high-20s in the first four races held on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year, but he may wind up on a few fantasy owners’ radar screens after finishing 18th in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky.

As a rookie, Annett was supposed to struggle at the beginning of the season and this is a team that comes to compete every week. He could be a good value if a fantasy player needs a bargain-basement driver.
Aug 27 - 4:52 PM

Nine of Brian Vickers’ last 10 Atlanta attempts have ended in top-15 finishes. He missed the 2010 and 2012 fall races on this track, however.

Vickers continues to be a compelling choice for fantasy owners, but last week’s struggle at Bristol have them questioning his ability to stay out of trouble. If a player needs a strong differentiator, Vickers fits the criteria so long as one knows there is a risk attached.
Aug 27 - 4:51 PM

Kasey Kahne won his second Atlanta race in fall 2009 and that was part of a three-race, top-10 streak there. His last four efforts have all ended well outside the top 20, however, with an average finish of 31.2.

Three of these four races were marred by crash damage, but he also finished two laps off the pace in 2012 without extenuating circumstances. Kahne needs a victory in order to secure a Chase spot, but it would be a long shot for him to earn it in the Oral-B USA 500.
Aug 27 - 4:50 PM

After winning his first Atlanta race in his first attempt in 2001 and sweeping the top five that season, Harvick struggled on this track until 2008. Since then, he has earned eight top-15s in the past nine races.

Harvick has earned only one top-five in the past five races, but he should contend for another if he has an error-free weekend. Those have seemingly been hard to come by on many occasions this year, however.
Aug 27 - 4:49 PM

In four previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, Trevor Bayne has recorded one top-10 finish, a seventh-place result in this event in 2013.

In 38 career starts on 1.5-mile tracks in the NNS, Bayne has recorded one win, nine top-five finishes, 17 top-10 finishes and has an average finish of 11.2. Crew chief Chad Norris brings chassis RK-811 to Atlanta this weekend. This chassis previously raced earlier this season at Auto Club Speedway and Michigan International Speedway, earning finishes of ninth and 30th, respectively.-Roush Fenway Racing
Aug 27 - 8:42 AM

Jeb Burton will make his second start at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park north of the border, and this year he is looking for redemption.

Coming off two track best finishes in the last two series events (Michigan and Bristol), Burton hopes to continue his NCWTS success - making it three in a row at "Mosport" on Sunday. Said Burton: "2013 was my first time on a road course and after running the Canadian Tire race prior to the Truck Series race I felt like I had a good grasp on the track. Overall I believe I did pretty well. I had a top-five truck, but unfortunately I went laps down early when I had to go behind the wall for my team to fix a broken transmission. I feel like if we didn't have that issue I could have put up a fight."-ThorSport Racing
Aug 27 - 8:37 AM

In the last three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 IDEAL Door/Menards Toyota Tundra, has gained four points on the championship points leader.

With only eight races remaining on the 2014 schedule, the defending Truck Series champion is a mere eight points behind ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter entering the 2nd annual NCWTS event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Coming off a top-10 run in the inaugural event at the 2.459-mile road course, the Menards driver hopes to stay on course and keep gaining momentum in the driver point standings in hopes of becoming the first driver in series history to capture back-to-back titles.-ThorSport Racing
Aug 27 - 8:28 AM

Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) marks Chris Buescher’s second start at the 1.54-mile track.

In his previous start at AMS, Buescher started 19th and finished 13th in just his eighth overall NNS start overall. Buescher will race one of two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fords this weekend at AMS. Michelangelo’s face will appear on the hood of the No. 60 Mustang. This chassis (RK-805) has raced at Texas, Dover and Chicagoland Speedway, finishing 27th, 11th and eighth, respectively.-Roush Fenway Racing
Aug 27 - 8:23 AM

Ryan Reed will make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday evening.

The No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop DiabetesSM presented by Lilly Diabetes team unloads Chassis RK-808 for the fourth time this season. This chassis previously raced at Auto Club Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, finishing 17th, 14th and 17th, respectively.-Roush Fenway Racing
Aug 27 - 8:19 AM

Johnny Sauter made seven road-course starts across NASCAR's top three divisions including, two starts in Sprint Cup in 2007, four starts in the Nationwide Series in 2005 and 2006, and one start in last year's inaugural Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Said Sauter: "Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is a cool place. Obviously, very fast -- that's what I remember taking away from there last year. We unfortunately had trouble with our fuel cable on lap two of the race and fought that the rest of the day, so I didn't really have an opportunity to race a whole lot. (completed 34 of 64 laps, finished 28th). He hopes his team's full-day test session, at a local track in Ohio, in preparation for the 2nd annual event, and his former road course racing experience will pay dividends in his quest for his first Truck Series crown.-ThorSport Racing
Aug 27 - 8:15 AM

Three teams that compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – the No. 00, 19, and 30 – have been penalized for post-race infractions committed following the Aug. 21 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The infraction: "Truck failed to meet post-race height requirements". As a result of this violation, crew chiefs Joel Shear (No. 00); Doug Randolph (No. 19); and Doug George (No. 30) have each been fined $5,000. Each team has also been penalized with the loss of 10 championship driver and 10 championship owner points. This includes drivers Cole Custer (No. 00) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 30) along with owners Gene Haas (No. 00), Brad Keselowski (No. 19), and Steve Turner (No. 30).-NASCAR PR
Aug 26 - 8:51 PM


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