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Driver Recommendations for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

Posted by chadmusselman on March 4, 2009

The Good Ole Boys return to the south for the Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta. Since Talladega and Daytona use restrictor plates, Atlanta is the fastest track on the NASCAR circuit. Expect to see some high speeds and good racing this weekend. Atlanta has time and again provided exciting finishes.

This week’s recommendations:

Chaser: Carl Edwards
Three wins, five top 5s, seven top 10s and an average finish of 11.6 in nine career races make it tough to not go with Carl this weekend. He’s one of the best at Atlanta. He’s finished in the top 10 in three of the last four races.

Alternate Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
It was tough not to choose Jimmie over Carl. I just had a feeling that Carl would do better this weekend, but picking Jimmie would be a smart choice as well. Like Carl, he has three wins, but nine top 5s, and ten top 10s and an average finish of 9.1. Picking between Jimmie and Carl is a tough decision.

Kurt Busch
Since going to two races at Atlanta in 2002 Kurt hasn’t fared well in the spring race. He’s averaging a 22nd place finish with no top 10s. He was close in 2007 & 2008 with 11th place finishes. He does have a win at the track and five top 10 finishes. He’s looked pretty good so far this year, and should crack the top 10 on Sunday.

Brian Vickers
In eleven career races at Atlanta Brian only has 4 top 10s, but two of them have come over the last three races. Brian has proven that he’s a solid driver and if he can stay out messes caused by other drivers he should be running in the top 10 – 15 most of the day.

Dark Horse: Reed Sorenson
Reed has had some success in Atlanta with three top 10s and one top 5 in seven races. The top 5 and one top 10 came in 2007. It’ll be tough for Reed to have as good of a run as he did in 2007, but he could get a top 15 finish and possibly slip into the top 10.


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