Clint Bowyer Fantasy NASCAR Racing
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Clint Bowyer – Atlanta will be a true test to see how strong the #15 team is. Will they be “Allgaier’s old team”, or will they be a heavily affiliated Stewart-Haas Racing satellite team. After seeing how he performed at Daytona, I have some concerns. Atlanta has been a rough venue for Clint Bowyer. In the last five races he’s finished 24th or worse. It should be noted he’s had some good runs over that stretch. Last year Clint Bowyer started in 24th and finished 25th. That result deserves an asterisk mark. Late in the race with 21 laps to go he was involved in “The Big One.” Strength wise in that event he was right around 10th place good (Yahoo Race Chart). Even with his issue he still had a 14th place average running position. In 2014 he walked away with an asterisk mark 38th place finish. He started in 21st and around the lap #81 caution while he was running in 17th his shifter broke which sent him to go to the garage.  In 2013 Clint Bowyer was a serious contender for the win and ran up front nearly all race long. He started 12th, earned the 4th best driver rating and led 48 laps. Unfortunately his race wasn’t incident free. While he was leading around lap 190 his engine blew up. If that didn’t happen there’s no doubt he had a car that could’ve potentially won. Here’s his Yahoo Race Chart to better illustrate his level of competitiveness. In 2012 Clint Bowyer had a very good car at Atlanta. Don’t be fooled by his 27th place finish. In that race he started in the rear of the field because of an engine change but didn’t stay back for long. In only 21 laps he was up to 21st. On lap #65 he cracked the top ten. The race wasn’t incident free for him though. It was marred with battery problems. On lap #184 after his second battery died he had to come in and get a new one installed. At the time he was running in 7th. In 2011 at Atlanta he started in 2nd, led 8 laps but was involved in an accident around lap 240 while he was running in 10th. His last incident free Atlanta race was in 2010 when he finished 7th. (Yahoo B Driver) (DraftKings – $7,000)

Greg Biffle – I think Greg Biffle should benefit from the new rules package. He’s a driver who likes difficult handling conditions and as long as Roush Fenway Racing has found some off-season speed I think he’ll be OK. Last year when the 2016 rules package was used Biffle finished 16th (Kentucky) and 18th (Darlington). In 2015 Biffle didn’t have a strong showing at Atlanta. He started 19th, had a 22nd place average running position and finished 25th. It just wasn’t a great afternoon for him. In the four Atlanta races prior to that event he didn’t necessarily run well, but he did finish between 10th and 15th every race. In 2014 I didn’t think Greg Biffle was very competitive but somehow he ended up finishing 10th. In the event he started in 18th, had a 16th place average running position and earned the 16th best driver rating. For nearly the entire first half of the event he looked like a low twenties performer. In the second half he ran better. In 2013 there was nothing special about his Atlanta performance. He started 24th, had a 21st place average running position and finished 15th. Also in the race he earned the 20th best driver rating and only ran in the top fifteen in 16% percent of the laps completed. In 2012 Greg Biffle’s performance at Atlanta was a disappointment. He started in 2nd, led the first lap but was never competitive after that. In the race his team brought a “throw away car” that they would never use again. In the race he finished 15th and had a 13th place average running position. (Yahoo B Driver) (DraftKings – $6,300)

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AJ Allmendinger – Atlanta has been AJ Allmendinger’s best 1.5 mile track. Since 2010 minus 2014 (vibration problem) and 2012 (didn’t compete) Allmendinger has an 11.0 average finish, 12.8 average running position and has run 73% percent of the laps inside the top fifteen. Last year Allmendinger had a very solid race. He finished 7th, earned the 12th best driver rating and had a 14th place average running position. In 2014 Allmendinger had his worst Atlanta performance. He was troubled with vibration issues which first surfaced around lap 40. In the race he started in 23rd and ran right around that range until his vibration issues ended his competitive afternoon and led to him going to the garage. When the checkered flag waved he finished 40th. In 2013 he drove the 47 car and had a solid race. He started 13th, had a 14th place average running position and finished 14th. Also in the race he earned the 16th best driver rating and ran 71.7% percent of the laps inside the top fifteen. In 2012 he missed the race due to suspension. In 2011 he finished 10th. His best Atlanta finish was a 6th in March 2010. Last year in races when the 2016 rules package was used Allmendinger had results of 23rd and 26th. (Yahoo B Driver) (DraftKings – $6,200)

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