NASCAR One & Done Picks for Talladega


Pull those belts tight, it is time to go racing at Talladega Superspeedway. This race is a total crapshoot so it is also a good week to try your luck with a scrub driver in your One & Done games. If there is a wreck at the end of the race, these scrubs could finish in the top 10. That is how I plan to play it this week. The 500 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.

My goal every year in the One & Done game is to have an average finishing position of 15th or better from my drivers. Last week I decided to use Martin Truex Jr. at his home track and we almost got our second win of the season in the One & Done game. Truex finished 2nd and brought our yearly average finishing position to 12.9. That is not bad, but it is going to get a lot more difficult in the remaining six races.

Here are my picks for Talladega…

Pick Driver Once

Pick Driver Twice
Race Driver Result Race Driver



Jamie McMurray 22nd Daytona Jamie McMurray 22nd
Atlanta Aric Almirola 8th Atlanta Aric Almirola


Las Vegas

Austin Dillon 20th Las Vegas

Brad Keselowski



Kevin Harvick 9th Phoenix Kevin Harvick 9th
Auto Club Brad Keselowski 3rd Auto Club Brad Keselowski



Clint Bowyer 7th Martinsville Clint Bowyer 7th
Texas Jimmie Johnson 5th Texas Joey Logano



Matt Dibenedetto 12th Bristol Erik Jones 24th
Richmond Kyle Busch 8th Richmond Kyle Busch



Ty Dillon 17th Talladega Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 25th
Dover Chase Elliott 5th Dover Chase Elliott



Kurt Busch 7th Kansas Aric Almirola 12th
Charlotte Daniel Suarez 18th Charlotte Martin Truex Jr.



Denny Hamlin 6th Pocono Kyle Larson 26th
Michigan Erik Jones 31st Michigan Clint Bowyer



Michael McDowell 25th Sonoma Kurt Busch 13th
Chicago Alex Bowman 1st Chicago Alex Bowman



Brendan Gaughan 19th Daytona Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 24th
Kentucky William Byron 18th Kentucky Daniel Suarez



Ryan Preece 21st Loudon Erik Jones 3rd
Pocono Daniel Hemric 7th Pocono

Denny Hamlin


W. Glen

Parker Kligerman 26th W. Glen Chase Elliott 1st
Michigan Kyle Larson 3rd Michigan Alex Bowman



Ryan Newman 11th Bristol Kurt Busch 9th
Darlington Chris Buescher 12th Darlington Denny Hamlin



Paul Menard 10th Brickyard Ryan Newman 8th
Las Vegas Joey Logano 9th Las Vegas Joey Logano



Bubba Wallace 12th Richmond Ryan Blaney 17th
Roval David Ragan 35th Roval Ryan Blaney



Martin Truex Jr. 2nd   Dover Martin Truex Jr. 2nd
Talladega Joey Gase ? Talladega Ryan Newman


Wow, it is getting slim pickings for the One & Done game with 6 races left in the season. The drivers I have available to me include: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Corey Lajoie, Landon Cassill, Ross Chastain and Matt Tifft.

I will roll the dice with Joey Gase Sunday. He qualified 37th and finished 18th in this race last year. I would gladly take a similar performance from him Sunday. Gase also competed in the MENCS race at Daytona in July. He started dead last and finished 27th. I am not expecting a top 10 finish but if Gase finishes inside the top 20, I will be very happy.

* Paul Menard is having problems with his neck. If he cannot drive Sunday, Matt Crafton will drive the No. 21 car. I will use Crafton over Joey Gase if he replaces Menard.

** If you have the ability to use David Ragan, Ty Dillon, Michael McDowell or Brandon Gaughan… I would use one of them (In the order listed) instead of Joey Gase.

Good luck this week!


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