The Monday Morning Crew Chief writes:
"My Atlanta Picks"
Posted by martin-n-rusty on March 2, 2010
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A-List (1 Starter, 1 Reserve)
Starter - Jimmie Johnson
Reserve - Mark Martin
I haven't used Jimmie yet, and right how, Jimmie is white hot. It also helps that Jimmie's history at Atlanta for his past 10 races is just as white hot (7 Top 10's, 2 wins, average finish of 8.8, and finished on the lead lap in 9 of the last 10 races at Atlanta). I would pick Carl Edwards, but apparently, he is not as great as he has been lately. Mark Martin gets the reserve spot, for his average starting spot of 8.2 (Only Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have better average starting spots, and Kahne is a B-Lister)
B-List (2 Starters, 2 Reserves)
Starters - Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton
Reserves - Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne
As I said, unless a situation tells me otherwise, I'm picking at least 1 RCR driver as a starter. This week, im going with 2 RCR starters. While Bowyer and Burton have had respectable, though not great results at Atlanta. This year though, I think that will change, and I am willing to take this risk. Newman has to turn this season around, and I'll put him in as a reserve for qualification purposes. Same for Kahne.
C-List (1 Starter, 1 Reserve)
Starter - A.J. Allmendinger
Reserve - Scott Speed
Allmendinger has had a respectable average finish 16.8 at Atlanta in his 4 races, and with a decent RPM car, I think this is the safe pick. Speed still gets the reserve spot for that just in case.
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