NASCAR One & Done Picks for Talladega


The NASCAR Cup Series will take a break from intermediate track racing and head to the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway this week. This is the perfect race to take a chance on a driver you have no interest in using at the smaller tracks. Superspeedway racing is a complete crapshoots and any driver can finish in the top 10. The GEICO 500 can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on Fox.

Last Race: Using Tyler Reddick was the right decision last week. The No. 8 car ran 97% of the laps in the top 5. I really thought he had a chance to win but his car was only fast at the top of the track. We needed a good race after the disaster at Martinsville and we got it. Now we are going to need a lot of luck at Talladega.


Here are my picks for the GEICO 500…

Pick Driver Once

Pick Driver Twice
Race Driver Result Race Driver



David Ragan 4th Daytona Ricky Stenhouse 20th
Las Vegas Ross Chastain 27th Las Vegas Joey Logano


Auto Club

Ryan Blaney 19th Auto Club Ryan Blaney 19th
Phoenix Kevin Harvick 2nd Phoenix Kevin Harvick



Brad Keselowski 13th Darlington Brad Keselowski 13th
Darlington Erik Jones 5th Darlington Erik Jones



Martin Truex Jr. 6th Charlotte Martin Truex Jr. 6th
Charlotte Alex Bowman 31st Charlotte Alex Bowman



M. DiBenedetto 31st Bristol Kurt Busch 7th
Atlanta Clint Bowyer 20th Atlanta Chase Elliott



Aric Almirola 33rd Martinsville Brad Keselowski 3rd
Homestead Tyler Reddick 4th Homestead Jimmie Johnson



Corey LaJoie ? Talladega Aric Almirola ?
Pocono 1 Pocono 1

Pocono 2

Pocono 2









My One & Done Pick for Talladega: Corey LaJoie

We have to take a chance with a lower-funded driver this week so we can save our top drivers for the smaller tracks. I will take a chance with Corey LaJoie at Talladega. LaJoie finished 7th and 11th in the two races at Talladega last year. He also finished 8th and 18th in his last two races at Daytona. GO FAS Racing has an alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2020. LaJoie will have one of the back-up cars from SHR at Talladega last year. That should mean more speed than he has had in the past at the track.


I will use Aric Almirola in the games where you can use a driver more than once. He is my pick to win the race at Talladega. Almirola has completed every lap in 9 of the last 10 races at Talladega. Are you freaking kidding me?!! Almirola has finished 4th, 9th, 1st, 7th, 5th, 4th and 8th at Talladega in his last 7 races at the track. He “should” be the safest pick in the field this week.


Good luck this week!

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