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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on March 1, 2010

Atlanta Motor SpeedwayAtlanta is the fastest track on the NASCAR circuit.  Lots of speed, and lots of excitement.  With the high speeds and relaxed bumping rules, look for the veterans to be the ones to beat on Sunday.  This track lends itself to some exciting finishes as well.  Sunday should be a good show, so strap into your couches and get ready to take it all in.

This Week’s Recommendations

Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Jeff came close to winning last week in Las Vegas, and should be battling for the win again this week in Atlanta.  He has 5 consecutive top ten finishes in Atlanta along with 4 career wins.  He’s averaging a 12.3 place finish in is 35 career races at the track, along with 14 top fives and 23 top tens.  Jeff hasn’t been a dominant driver for about 10 years, but with his showing in Las Vegas, and his record at Atlanta, look for another top 5 performance out of Jeff, maybe a win.

Alternate Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
I know, I know.  I always pick him.  Well, I wouldn’t do it if he weren’t so good.  He had a career worst 36th place finish at Atlanta in the fall race last year.  The only other time he finished outside the top 30 in Atlanta (2003) he came back with a 3rd place finish in the next race.  Look for something similar this weekend.  Oh, and his career averaging finish position of 10.7 in Atlanta is best among active drivers.  Did I say he was good?

Kevin Harvick
No driver has been better this season than Kevin.  He’s averaging a 3.7 place finish so far this season, and leading the points race early.  Historically Kevin hasn’t been that great in Atlanta (averaging a 20.4 place finish) but of his 5 top ten finishes at the track, 3 of them have come in the last 4 races.  Maybe he’s figuring things out here, and learning how to avoid trouble.  He’s hot this year, and he should be on your team until he cools off.

Matt Kenseth
Mat has also been pretty good in the early going of the 2010 season, averaging a 6.7 place finish, good enough to be tied for 2nd best.  He’s also averaging a 13.7 place finish at Atlanta over his career, good enough for 6th best among active drivers.  He doesn’t have any wins here, but in 20 races has managed to take home 7 top fives and 11 top tens.  Matt should be solid on Sunday.

Dark Horse: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
What can you say?  Dale has pretty much started 2010 off like he finished 2009.  Poorly.  Sure, he finished 2nd at Daytona, but he always runs well there, so it almost doesn’t count.  He finds himself 15th in points and needed another top ten run to get his confidence up.  Atlanta could be the track that he does that.  He has a great average finish here (11.9) and does have a win, 8 top fives, and 10 top tens in 21 career races.  If he can keep his focus Dale could easily finish in the top 8 on Sunday.  He may be worth taking a chance on and putting on your team.


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