The 2018 Driver Group Game picks got off to a hot start and that is unusual for me. I have had no luck in the Daytona 500 but a lot of success the rest of the season. My picks scored 344 points and that is great news for the rest of the season. Now I need to keep the momentum going at Atlanta.
Here are my picks for Atlanta…
Kevin Harvick (9): Atlanta is the best track for Harvick since the field caught up to him at Phoenix. Harvick has led at least 100 laps in every race at Atlanta since he joined Stewart-Haas Racing. He almost won the pole and he was fast in practice. Harvick is the best pick in the field this week.
Group A Rankings: 1) Kevin Harvick 2) Kyle Busch 3) Martin Truex Jr. 4) Kyle Larson 5) Jimmie Johnson 6) Denny Hamlin 7) Joey Logano 8) Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch (9): This is the best track for Busch so there will be no better race to use the No. 41 car. Busch has finished the last two races at Atlanta in the top 7. Busch has led the 2nd-most laps at Atlanta since the race was moved to February. He starts 7th and will have a great chance to finish in the top 5 Sunday.
Jamie McMurray (9): I wanted to use Chase Elliott in this spot. I thought he was going to be a lock for a top-five finish but it is too risky to use the No. 9 car when he starts 27th. I will go with McMurray instead. McMurray starts 12th and he said last year they found a way to run this track. McMurray finished in the top 10 last year and I think he can do it again this week.
Group B Rankings: 1) Kurt Busch 2) Clint Bowyer 3) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 4) Ryan Newman 5) Ryan Blaney 6) Jamie McMurray 7) Paul Menard 8) Erik Jones
Alex Bowman (9): It is hard to pick between Alex Bowman and Darrell Wallace Jr. this week. Both drivers ran similar speed and practice and they qualified right next to each other (Bowman 18th and Wallace 19th). I expect both of these drivers to run well but I will go with Bowman since he had a little faster speed in the final practice.
Group C Rankings: 1) Alex Bowman 2) Darrell Wallace Jr. 3) William Byron, 3) Chris Buescher 4) David Ragan 5) Michael McDowell
Good luck this week!
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