AdvoCare 500 from ATLANTA

My #5 driver could clinch his spot in The Chase Sunday night, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle is a former-winner in Atlanta. He has 15 starts: one win, and four Top 5’s. Kyle just needs a 10th place or better to guarantee himself a spot in the Chase. Kyle is #2 hottest over the last six weeks.


The #4 driver is a three-time former-winner here, #78 Kurt Busch. Kurt has 22 starts, three wins, and four Top 5 finishes. Kurt is fighting hard to get back in the Top 10 in points and is looking at this race as a great place to do that. Kurt is just six points out. He might be moving on from his current team but he still wants to make this Chase.


My #3 driver is a former winner here in the A-T-L, #29 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 21 starts, one win, and five Top 5’s. Kevin doesn’t have the best stats in Atlanta, but he finished 5th here last year and five of his last six races here were Top 10’s.


My #2 pick is a driver that has never won here, #20 Matt Kenseth. Matt is 0 and 24 here. But Matt has five Top 5’s in his last 11 starts. Even with no wins, Matt is one of the most consistent drivers here, giving him the #2 highest-average finish. A 7th place finish will get Matt into the Chase.


The #1 driver is the winning-est current driver here, #24 Jeff Gordon. Jeff has five wins in 39 starts with 16 Top 5’s. Jeff’s first win came in spring of 1995 and his last was in 2011 – 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.



Monday look for our preview of the Federated Auto Parts 400 from Richmond International Speedway.