Driver Group Game Picks for Atlanta


The Cup Series is ready to go racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This track uses the Superspeedway aero-package so that means the teams did not have any track time to practice. The cars went through inspection, made a qualifying lap and now they will race Sunday in the Ambetter Health 400. I do not have as much data as I would like for the picks this week, but everyone is in the same situation. I trust my research for this race, so now all we need is a bit of luck at Atlanta.

Here is my starting lineup for the Ambetter Health 400

RYAN BLANEY (9): I thought about using Kyle Busch in Group A and I guess I should have. The No. 8 car looks fast again. Instead, I will roll with Blaney. He finished 9th, 7th and 5th in his last three races at Atlanta. He has a lot of help with his Team Penske teammates around him. Blaney should score a lot of Stage Points, lead some laps and finish in the top-10, with the upside to win the race Sunday.



JOEY LOGANO (9): I would love to save this allocation with Logano for the smaller tracks, but the No. 22 car dominated this race last and they spent the most laps up front last week at Daytona. Logano should run up front, score a lot of Stage Points and have a great chance to get to Victory Lane at Atlanta.

AUSTIN CINDRIC (8): Should I trust Team Penske with three of my four drivers this week? I think Ross Chastain is going to be really good, but he is going to be really good at a lot of tracks this year. I will save my allocations with Brad Keselowski and Chastain and take a chance with Cindric. He led laps in both races at Atlanta last year and he scored Stage Points in every Stage. I expect the Team Penske cars to work well together Sunday since they all start in the top-10.



COREY LAJOIE (9): I used Chase Briscoe for qualifying points and it almost worked out well. He made it to the final round of qualifying, but his car was fast enough to start in the top-five. I will save Briscoe for the smaller tracks and take a chance with LaJoie. I am not worried about his starting position. LaJoie finished 5th in 2022 from the 33rd starting position and he finished 4th last year from the 31st starting position. LaJoie knows how to get to the front from the back at Atlanta.


Good Luck Sunday!

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