Brandon Braasch | June 6th, 2020
This weekend the Cup Series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Fold of Honor Quiktrip 500. This was the first week without a midweek race making it the longest gap in between Cup races since NASCAR returned in May. The drivers should be well-rested and ready to put on a show. The weather is looking perfect so that will not play a factor for this week’s race.
The Cup Series is coming off one of the best races of the year Sunday. Brad Keselowski ended up in victory lane. He had a lot of help from Chase Elliott who dove into turn three and wiped out Brad’s teammate Joey Logano for the lead with three laps remaining. This week I’ll be providing you with my core four of drivers. I’ll give you my dominator, mid-value driver, and two value drivers to get your lineups going. Now let’s jump right into my top drivers for this weekend’s race.
Kevin Harvick ($11,700 DK and $14,000 FD)
Harvick has led more laps at Atlanta than any other active Cup driver. He is sixth all-time at Atlanta in terms of laps led. He will be starting ninth but it will not take him very long to find the front of the field. His last couple races haven’t resulted in top tens but this week I expect him to be back in the top five and in contention for the win. Look for Harvick to get to the front, lead some laps, and contend for the win.
William Byron ($7,900 DK and $9,400 FD)
The Hendrick cars have shown a lot of speed this year. Byron will be starting 20th and will have plenty of room to advance his position. He has finished 17th and 18th in his first two races at Atlanta. With some more speed this year he should be able to improve on that and at least get a top 15 and potentially even a top ten finish. He has had plenty of good runs this year but has had some bad luck resulting in average finishes. Look for Byron to use his momentum from last week and put together another top ten.
Michael McDowell ($5,200 DK and $4,000 FD)
McDowell is going to be chalk this week. He has the most potential out of the drivers starting worse than 30th to score place differential points. He is starting way back in 36th because of how the drawing for starting positions went. McDowell kind of struggles at Atlanta but with him starting so far back that gives him some wiggle room. Even a solid top 25 will make McDowell a great value driver in this race.
Erik Jones ($6,600 DK and $9,000 FD)
I’m not sure why DraftKings continues to undervalue Jones. He was a steal last week at 7,000 and is an even bigger steal this week. The fact that he is cheaper than Daniel Suarez is ridiculous. Jones is the way better option even with starting in the 14th position. He has an eleventh place finish and a seventh-place finish in his last two races at Atlanta. If he can keep that going and get another top 11 finish he will once again be a steal and a great value driver.
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