NOTE: Just view this as “Advance Content” until the starting lineup comes out.
Ryan Preece – Ryan Preece ran well at Atlanta last year, but 2020 has been sufficiently brutal to make you want to avoid him. This year at intermediate tracks he hasn’t finished better than 20th! Last year at Atlanta, Preece had one of his best non-superspeedway performances of the year and was a low double-digit driver who was a legit top ten contender. When you look at his 35th place finish you would never know it. On lap 273 while he was running well he crashed on pit road with a backmarker and totaled his car. On lap 223 he was legitimately running in 9th. Weird things can happen early in the year, and I’m going to chalk up that race as being just that since he never came close to duplicating that performance at any other similar track in 2019. On Sunday, I’m going to view Preece as a low to mid-twenties driver.
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Ty Dillon – At Atlanta, Ty Dillon has five starts under his belt and his combined average finish is 21.6. Over all of his starts he’s had a result between 15th to 26th every race. On Sunday, I’m going to view him as a low-twenties to mid-twenties driver. In the last two Atlanta races, Dillon hasn’t had good performances and has finished in the mid-twenties. Last year, Dillon didn’t run well. He finished 25th, had a 27th place average running position and his Green Flag Average Speed ranked as the 27th best. In 2018, he finished 26th, had a 25th place average running position and earned the 25th best driver rating. In the two Atlanta races prior to that he was much more successful and had results of 15th and 17th. On Sunday, I think Dillon is a high-teens to mid-twenties driver.
John Hunter Nemechek – John Hunter Nemechek is really turning into a pleasant surprise. The #38 team been clicking off good results and since “NASCAR Is Back” minus Darlington #2 he’s finished between 9th to 16th every race and has a 12.75 average finish. At Atlanta, I think Nemechek has a good chance to come home with a teens finish.