Top 10 cars are 9, 31, 48, 24, 5, 2, 14, 17, 18, 99. B list sleepers are; 20, 47, 56, 88, and 39. I’d save 29, 33, 11, 42 for another week. Not terrible but not their best cars. C listers rank like so; 98, 43, 77, 82, 71.
Jeff Gordon is happy with his car and that’s good enough for me. He’s a hard man to read by lap times so i’ll take his word for it. All the Hendrick cars look good, I’ll rank them 48,5, 24, 88. 88 is good but can he finish?
RCR cars don’t look nearly as good this week as they have in recent weeks. Burton looks really strong though and is my pick for 2nd. I’d rank them 31, 33, and 29. Harvick fought loose all day and doesn’t look that good.
Roush looks mediocre with Kenseth leading the way. Biffle is in a backup car and will start from the back. I’d rank them 17, 99, 16, 6. Ragan was pretty fast and this is his home track so a top 20 is possible. Carl wasn’t happy with the car and was looking at Kahne’s notes. Carl loves this place and that’s why he still makes my top 10.
Kasey Kahne looks bad fast as does his teammate Paul Menard. If only Elliot Sadler could drive he’d be a good sleeper.
Joey Logano is fast again and even with limited experience at Atlanta he just missed my top 10.
Earnhardt Ganassi looked average at best. Montoya loves this place so i could see them making the car better and challenging for a top 10. Stay away from McMurray.
So my pick to win the race is Kasey Kahne, wish i had him on my team. I’m thinking Gordon over Jimmie (save), Burton and Kenseth over Harvick and Bowyer who will be more valuable on short, flat tracks, and that brings us to the C list. Both Menard and AJ look pretty good but as of now i’m using Paul. AJ loves this place though so i can’t argue with starting him over Menard.
That’s it for this week gang, good luck FNPers.