My #5 driver to watch has terrible stats here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has nine starts here with only two Top 5’s, but those Top 5’s were both 3rd place finishes in 2014 and the 2015. He is still in the Playoff hunt. He is #2 ranked for me on tracks like this and rolls in here 5th hottest over the last six races. Brad did finish 35th here last year.

My #4 pick is not in the battle for the championship, #24 Chase Elliott. He is #4 hottest over the last six weeks. He has just one start here, he finished 11th here last year. He might be out of the Championship but he is not out of the race.

My #3 driver won here two years ago, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle has 12 starts with that win and just one other Top 5. Kyle is #8 hottest over the last six weeks. The full force of Joe Gibbs Racing is behind him and I don’t think he’ll dominate but he’ll make it a race.

The number #2 driver was my #1 pick at the start of the Playoffs, #78 Martin Truex Jr. He is #2 hottest over the last six weeks. He is #3 ranked at tracks like this. He has been killing it at all the 1-2 mile tracks all year long but he has been slightly better on the higher banked tracks. He has done well in many places he hasn’t done well before. Here he has 12 starts, no wins and just three Top 5 finishes. His last Top 5 was in 2013.

My #1 driver to watch is the last of the four Championship drivers, #4 Kevin Harvick. Kevin has 14 starts at this track, a win three years ago and eight Top 5 finishes. He is #1 in average finish and in his 14 starts 13 have been Top 10’s. He is #1 rated on tracks like this. He is also #1 hottest over the last six weeks.

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