One race in and if you are a fan of wrecks Daytona did not disappoint. A grand total four drivers were not involved in any of the wrecks. Four.
The rule I have implemented for myself are:
- I will not pick a driver more than 10 times this season.
- Due to #1 these are “Power Rankings” (in quotations) such that I’m not going to be picking Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch every week. I’m looking for value here.
My general format for my power rankings:
- Top 2 picks will generally be the favorites, the ones who should be top 5 or top 10
- #3 and #4 will be your riskier picks, could be top 5 or bottom 15
- Pick #5 is the dark horse
Race: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
Date: February 24th
Venue: Atlanta Motor Speedway
2018 Winner: Kevin Harvick (3:29:54)
Atlanta Motor Speedway. Opened in 1960, this 1.54 mile quad-oval track is among the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit. It underwent a few renovations including nearly rebuilding the track in 1997 and switching the frontstretch with the backstretch. It should be a fast racing with some dirt coming up on the track. There are grooves along the track and familiarity is almost as important as success in higher speed tracks.
Kevin Harvick — He won here last year and was 9th in 2017. After a wreck filled Daytona, I think Atlanta will be fairly clean.
Chase Elliott — He has shined here with top 10 finishes across the board and this will be his chance to make a bold statement into 2019. He finished 17th last week at Daytona.
High Risk / High Reward
Daniel Hemric — He got caught up in the thick of the thick last week and I want to see how the rookie rebounds going into Atlanta where the more skilled speed drivers can excel.
Kyle Larson — I feel like true speed, Kyle is amongst the fastest in the spot but he gets caught up cutting off drivers and trading rubber so often it’s a question of how much of that gets in the way. He has been a top ten driver the last two years at Atlanta.
Tony Stewart on Kyle Larson: "There’s times he’s got that thing sideways and saves it..."https://t.co/VIqF6XVnzw— For The Win (@ForTheWin) February 21, 2019
The Dark Horse
Ricky Stenhouse — He has been a consistent 10th -16th place finisher here the last few days. He was 13th last week at Daytona and I think he could be a top 15 finisher at Atlanta for a lower cost.
Favorite: Avg Finish 24th (62nd Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Avg Finish 14th (36th Percent)
Dark Horse: Avg Finish 5th (13th Percent)