Paul Menard – Paul Menard will be a driver to watch with great interest at Atlanta now that he drives the #21, which is Penske Racing equipment. This race should be very telling about what we should expect from him during the 2018 season. Performance wise I would look for him to likely be around mid-teens to high-teens good. Last year Paul Menard didn’t have a great race and also had electrical problems late. Performance wise he was mid-twenties good. When the checkered flag waved he finished 25th and had a 25th place average running position. In the three Atlanta races prior to that Menard had results of 18th, 13th and 18th.
Trevor Bayne – At Atlanta I think there’s a “trap” element with Trevor Bayne. Last year he ran really well and I don’t think he’ll perform at that high level again. Early in 2017 at 1.5 mile tracks the #6 team was pretty good at these venues, as the season went on he faded. On Sunday I would look for him to likely be a high-teens to low-twenties driver. If things go really well he might just be a mid-teens driver. Last year at Atlanta he had a really solid performance. He finished 12th and had a 12th place average running position. Additionally at the end of Stage #2 he even placed in 10th. In 2016 he finished 22nd, earned the 22nd best driver rating and had a 21st place average running position. In 2015 he finished 19th. Way back in 2012 when he made his Atlanta debut he finished 16th.
Darrell Wallace Jr. – Darrell Wallace Jr. will be a dark horse option at Atlanta. Kentucky is the lone intermediate track he’s raced at in NASCAR’s top series and last summer he finished 11th there. Additionally from that race it should be noted he earned the 15th best driver rating and had a 17th place average running position. On Sunday I would look for Wallace to likely be a high-teens driver.