The MENCS competes at Bristol Motor Speedway this week in the Food City 500. Allocations are very important in the Driver Group Game and this is a great week to save some of your best drivers, especially in Group B. There are some drivers who know the rhythm it takes to turn fast laps at Bristol, but they are not very good at other tracks. This is a great week to get these drivers in your lineup.
Here are my picks for Bristol…
Kyle Busch (8): Busch won the pole for the race Sunday and is a lock to score 5 points for leading a lap and the favorite to score an additional 5 points for leading the most laps. Busch has been on an incredible hot streak and I doubt he cools off this week. If you have Busch on your team you need to start him Sunday.
Group A Rankings: 1) Kyle Busch 2) Kyle Larson 3) Denny Hamlin 4) Joey Logano 5) Martin Truex Jr. 6) Brad Keselowski 7) Jimmie Johnson 8) Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones (8): Jones led the most laps in the last race at Bristol and finished 2nd. The No. 20 car looked good in practice and this is his best track. I have no problem using an allocation with Jones Sunday.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9): Stenhouse is the best choice if you want to save an allocation with one of your top drivers. This is by far the best track for Stenhouse. He has an 8th-place average finishing position in the last 4 races at Bristol. Stenhouse starts 4th and should be good enough to finish in the top 10 this week.
Group B Rankings: 1) Erik Jones 2) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 3) Chase Elliott 4) Clint Bowyer 5) Ryan Blaney 6) Kurt Busch 7) Daniel Suarez 8) Aric Almirola
Chris Buescher (8): I wanted to use Matt Dibendetto this week to save an allocation but his car did not look very fast in practice. Buescher ran in the top 15 in practice so he will get the start. Buescher finished 6th in this race in 2016 so he does know how to turn fast laps at this track.
Group C Rankings: 1) Michael McDowell 2) Alex Bowman 3) David Ragan 3) Chris Buescher 4) William Byron 5) Bubba Wallace
Good luck this week!
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