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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on August 29, 2011

Remember back when the Labor Day race was for the Winston No Bull, Million Dollar bonus?  Those were some good races, watching Jeff Gordon go door to door with Jeff Burton to win the Million dollar bonus.  There is nothing like that now, but Atlanta is the fastest track on the circuit and should provide for exciting racing.  With only a few races left until the chase Brad Keselowski is definitely moving up, and all of the other drivers better take note.  The kid has been amazing of late.  It would be cool if he carry the momentum into the chase and make it a little more interesting.

This Week’s Recommendations:  

Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Gordon does well at every track and Atlanta is no exception, but he hasn’t won here since 2003, although he’s collected a lot of top ten and top five finishes.  Over his career Gordon has won four times at Atlanta along with 14 top five and 23 top ten finishes.  His average finish of 12.5 is third best among active drivers at the track.  Add the fact that Gordon is averaging a 6th place finish over the last five races this season and he seems to be a pretty safe pick for this weekend.

Alternate Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
No one has a better average finish at Atlanta than Jimmie Johnson (10.4).  He’s finished in the top ten 12 times, top five 10 times and has won 3 times.  We all know Jimmie is awesome, and Atlanta is no exception.  He is 2nd in points and is turning up the heat averaging a 7.8 place finish over the last five races.  He’ll be poised to make a run at championship number 6.  Surprisingly only 13% of you had Jimmie on your team last week.  We’ll see if that number goes up this week.

Brad Keselowski
Is the run that Brad Keselowsi on sick or what?  He’s now 11th in points, coming up from 23rd five races ago.  It is simply amazing.  Who would have guessed?  It’s pretty obvious you are noticing as well.  Over 47% of the teams in Chad’s Fantasy NASCAR had Brad on their team last week.  As for his record in Atlanta, that’s another story.  Keselowski has only raced here twice finishing 36th & 25th.  That shouldn’t matter this week though.  With the streak he’s on Keselowski can win any race at any track.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Let’s be honest about this pick.  Earnhardt Jr. is a safe pick in Atlanta and should help your team collect points.  Jr. is averaging a 12.5 place finish at the track with 8 top five and 10 top ten finishes with a win.  Earnhardt has also done well over the past five races, averaging a 14th place finish.  Again, not great by any means, but good, and a points getter.

Dark Horse: Marcos Ambrose
It was slim pickings for the dark horse this week.  There weren’t many drivers lower than 15th in the standings that have performed even remotely well in Atlanta.  Ambrose’s average finish of 22.2 isn’t all that good, but in the two races here last year Ambrose finished 10th & 11th, so it seems he may have figured the track out a bit and will challenge again for a top ten finish.  Ambrose was on less than 5% of the teams last week, so he could be someone you pick to gain some points.


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