TOP FIVE DRIVERS TO WATCH:ATLANTA

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My #5 driver is battling to make The Chase, #99 Carl Edwards. Carl is a three-time winner in Atlanta. He has 13 starts: those 3 wins, and eight Top 5’s. The secret for Carl is to stay out of trouble because half of his last four finishes were 37th or worse. But you can be sure that if his car is still running at the end of the raced he should be in the Top 5.

 

The #4 is a three-time former-winner here, #14 Tony Stewart. Tony has 25 starts, three wins, and ten Top 5 finishes. Tony is fighting hard to stay in the Top 10 in points and is looking at this race as a great place to do that. Last year Tony finished 3rd and he was the winner in 2010.

 

The #3 driver is the winning-est current driver here, #24 Jeff Gordon. Jeff has five wins in 38 starts with 15 Top 5’s. Jeff’s first win came in spring of 1995 and his last was this race last year – a span of 16 years. Jeff was and still is very good here and he needs to be good for him to make The Chase.

 

My #2 pick is a driver that has never won here, #17 Matt Kenseth. Matt is 0 and 23 here. But Matt has five Top 5’s in his last 10 starts. Even with no wins, Matt is one of the most consistent drivers here, giving him the #2 highest average finish.

 

My #1 driver has clinched a spot in The Chase and is very confident here in the A-T-L, #48 Jimmie Johnson.  Jimmie has 20 starts, four wins, and 11 Top 5’s. Jimmie is very strong at this track: two years ago he finished third, last year he was second and this could be the right time for win number five. Good news for a driver looking to end the Race to The Chase on a high note.

 

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