Jimmie Johnson Fantasy NASCAR Racing 2017

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Jimmie Johnson – Defending Atlanta champion Jimmie Johnson will be the driver to beat at Atlanta. He has two straight wins, a grand total of 5 wins, has finished in the top five 56% percent of the time and in the top ten 64% percent of the time. Currently at Atlanta he has 3 straight top 4 finishes. Over these combined races he has the 2nd best driver rating, a 6.0 average running position and has led 144 laps. Last year at Atlanta Johnson was likely 3rd place good but late in the race he short pitted which got him a big lead on Harvick. He then hung on and raced his way to victory lane. Additionally in the race he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and led 52 laps. In 2015 he started in 37th but that wasn’t an issue for him. His car was extremely fast over long runs and he drove up through the field with ease. Over the course of the race Johnson just got better and better and at the end nobody had anything for him. When the race reached its conclusion he finished first, earned the 3rd best driver rating and led 92 laps. In 2014 he finished 4th, earned the 5th best driver rating and had an 8th place average running position. (Yahoo A Driver)

Brad Keselowski – Brad Keselowski will be a driver to watch at Atlanta. Last year when the “Lowest Down Force Package” was used he finished in the top 4 every event, and raced his way to victory lane at Kentucky. At Atlanta he hasn’t had the highest level of success, but he has run well. He has back to back 9th’s and has been top ten good “performance wise” over the last six races. Last year at Atlanta he had a solid afternoon. He finished 9th, had a 10th place average running position and earned the 11th best driver rating. In 2015 he ran well, he finished 9th, earned the 9th best driver rating and had a 10th place average running position. In 2014 he had a good car but finished a misleading 39th. His first problem happened under yellow with 115 laps to go when he missed his pit stall which dropped him from 2nd to 16th. He was able to rally back from that incident into the top five in about 80 laps, but trouble later found him again. With 29 laps to go while he was running in 4th he had a blown tire which dropped him many laps down. In 2013 he had one of the fastest cars and was a contender to win but finished a misleading 35th after his motor blew up. In the race he led 31 laps and was the leader at the time of his lap 240 engine failure. In the two Atlanta races prior to that he had results of 3rd and 6th. (Yahoo A Driver)

Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch will be one of the drivers to beat at Atlanta. He’s won here twice in the past and has finished in the top six in 3 of the last 4 races. Last year at Atlanta he won the pole but started in 39th because his qualifying time was disallowed. He drove up through the field at a steady pace and that setback really wasn’t an issue. By his own merit he managed to drive all the way up to 3rd. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 3rd. In 2015 Kyle Busch missed the race due to injury. In 2014 he was in a historic slump and finished 16th. It should be noted that race wasn’t incident free for him and he had a few problems. In 2013 he likely didn’t have the best car but that didn’t stop him from winning. In that race he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 7th place average running position and led 36 laps. It should be noted he didn’t lead until the final 36 laps. In 2012 he started 3rd, led 66 laps and finished 6th. In 2008 when the COT made its debut he won his first Atlanta race and led 173 laps. (Yahoo A Driver)

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