TOP FIVE DRIVERS

Quik Trip 500 from ATLANTA

My #5 pick is a driver that has never won here, #20 Matt Kenseth. Matt is 0 and 27 here. 27 starts, no wins and ten Top 5’s. More importantly both of his last two starts here were Top 5 finishes. Matt is one of the most consistent drivers here, giving him the #1 highest-average finish over the last seven years.

The #4 is a driver without great stats but should not be overlooked, #22 Joey Logano. Joey has nine starts with just two Top 5’s. But his two Top 5’s were recent – 2013 and last year. Joey and his crew looked great at Daytona and are still hot coming out of 2015.

The #3 driver is the newest team to switch to Toyota, #78 Martin Truex. Martin has 17 starts, no wins and just two Top 5’s. Those Top 5’s came recently in 2012 and 13. Last year he had a 6th place finish. Most importantly he did switch to Toyota and an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. That change helped him to come inches away from winning the Daytona 500. It should also get him another Top 5 in Atlanta.

My #2 driver is a former winner here in the A-T-L, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 25 starts, one win, and six Top 5’s. Kevin doesn’t have the best stats in Atlanta, but he finished 2nd here last year and seven of his last nine races here were Top 10’s. Lastly, he is my #1 ranked intermediate track driver.

My #1 driver is a another former-winner in Atlanta #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 17 starts: two wins, and five Top 5’s. He missed this race last year due to his injury the week before at Daytona. His last win came here in 2013 and he is ranked #5 for me on tracks like this. The Joe Gibbs Racing team all did great at Daytona look for that to continue in Atlanta.

 

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