22 Racing-18-NCATS

22 Racing-18-NCATS

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Timothy Peters earned a top-10 finish at the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) last season, coming home eighth after starting from the 15th position.

He will be pilot chassis No. 137 at CTMP on Sunday, Aug. 29. Peters won a pole award at Martinsville Speedway in 2012 with this Toyota Tundra and drove it to Victory Lane at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2011. In 2014 it was updated with the new body style and retrofitted for road course competition.-Red Horse Racing
Aug 27 - 8:29 PM

German Quiroga has one previous start at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park where he finished 15th after qualifying 12th and led for three laps.

Quiroga started his racing career racing on road courses, winning a Formula Renault Championship in 2005, a season completely made up of road courses. He boasts an impressive resume of experience road course racing in the NASCAR Mexico Series where he won three championships, and made a NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, a road course track in Mexico City.-Red Horse racing
Aug 27 - 8:26 PM

Blake Koch is back behind the wheel of the No. 44 Camry this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

He has three previous starts at the 1.54-mile quad-oval speedway and has an average starting position of 27.0 with an average finishing position of 33.0. Koch has 58 starts on 1 to 2-mile speedways and has found success at these speedways. The Great Clips 300 will mark Koch's 106th career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.-TriStar Motorsports NC
Aug 27 - 8:20 PM

After posting a 20th-place finish in last weekend's event at Bristol, Eric McClure is eager to get back behind the wheel of the No. 14 Camry for this weekend's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

This weekend will mark the 35-year-old's seventh start at the 1.5-mile track. In six starts, McClure has been running at the end of four events and he earned his best finish (21st) during the 2012 season. The Hefty(R)/Reynolds Wrap(R) team will utilize chassis No. 677 this weekend. This chassis was last used at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the team posted a 36th-place finish as a result of a power steering pump failure.-TriStar Motorsports NC
Aug 27 - 8:17 PM

Mike Bliss will make his ninth NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.

With over 190 starts at speedways ranging from one to two miles in length, Bliss has over 45 top 10 finishes at these tracks. After his 17th place finish last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bliss is looking to return to the 1.54-mile speedway in Atlanta for the Great Clips 300. Crew Chief Paul Clapprood will unload chassis No. 301 for the Great Clips 300. This chassis was last run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Bliss finished 22nd.-TriStar Motorsports NC
Aug 27 - 8:14 PM

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will make its first and only stop of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway with the running of the Great Clips 300 Saturday night.

Chase Elliott is from Dawsonville, Ga., just 80 miles north of the speedway. His sponsor, NAPA AUTO PARTS, is headquartered just 40 miles away in Atlanta. Together, it’s a homecoming for just about everyone involved with the No. 9 NAPA Racing team, which enters the weekend as the series points leader. Elliott will spend the week leading up to the race enjoying the company of friends and family.-JR Motorsports
Aug 27 - 8:10 PM

Regan Smith has three top-10 efforts in the five events at 1.5-mile facilities in 2014, bringing his season-long tally to six top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.

The 7 team will unload chassis No. 893 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This will be the second time the team will have used this chassis. Smith previously drove it to a 10th-place finish earlier this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.-JR Motorsports
Aug 27 - 8:06 PM

James Bickford, the 16-year-old driver of the Sunrise Ford Racing/Interstate Plastics Ford, is inching closer to the NASCAR K&N West Rookie of the Year title as the tour comes to Kern County Raceway Park for the Bakersfield 150 on Saturday.

He leads his closest challenger, Rich DeLong III, by 25 points with only four races remaining. That is a comfortable margin considering the formula for awarding rookie points in the series. Currently Bickford sits fifth in overall points with one win, five top-5's and seven top-10's in 10 starts during the 14-race season.-Performance PR Plus
Aug 27 - 8:01 PM

In eight Nationwide Series starts, Elliott Sadler has one top-five and four top-10 finishes at Atlanta.

In addition, the veteran driver has 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta, with three top-10 finishes and 18 laps lead. After 23 races in the 2014 season, Sadler is currently in fourth place in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 42 points back from the lead. The Emporia, Va., native has one win, one pole award, five top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.-Drivers Choice Marketing
Aug 27 - 7:55 PM

Despite finishing seventh in the 5-hour Energy 400 at Kansas, Danica Patrick has shown only minor improvement on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year. Her five-race average on this course type to date is 23.0 compared to a 26.7 in 2013.

This is the type of track that Patrick enjoys and where she needs to show the most improvement. Once she begins finishing the in the top 20 with regularity, she could become a weekly threat.
Aug 27 - 6:00 PM

One week after being a part of Roush-Fenway Racing’s sweep of the top 10 at Bristol, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hopes to help them sweep the top 15 at Atlanta. That would be his first such finish, but he missed last year by only one position—finishing 16th.

RFR has been improving in recent weeks, and while it is too soon to say they are out of the woods, they could be expected to run well on a track that has been traditionally kind. Watch Stenhouse closely in practice and qualification.
Aug 27 - 5:59 PM

Along with Michigan and Auto Club, Atlanta was one of three tracks on which Carl Edwards had almost-perfect records at the start of his career. His first 10 races in Georgia ended in three victories, another second-place finish, two thirds, and two sevenths.

His last six races on this track have ended in another pair of top-fives, but that is counterbalanced by three 30-something results. All of his poor performances came as the result of engine failure or crash damage, however, so he should be a good value if he stays out of trouble.
Aug 27 - 5:58 PM

So far in 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has alternated one top-five on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track with a result outside the top 15 and if the pattern holds, he is due to finish poorly this week.

Atlanta has been contrary to that pattern in the past two years, however. He finished seventh in 2012 and eighth last year, while he has failed to crack the top five since 2008. This week could feature a good, but not great finish for the No. 88.
Aug 27 - 5:57 PM

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

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