Fantasy NASCAR Mid Pack Predictions – Atlanta
Atlanta Fantasy Spin – What will we get out of Josh Berry at Atlanta? I don’t know, but if he drives a smart race and avoids trouble, I think he has a good chance to sneak in a good result. The #9 won here last summer in dominating fashion, and Berry has proven he’s capable of running well here in the lower series.
Atlanta Track History – Last summer at Atlanta in the Xfinity series, Berry won Stage #1, led 13 laps and then finished 2nd when the checkered flag waved. In the spring, Berry won Stage #1, led 3 laps but crashed and finished 33rd.
Atlanta Fantasy Spin – At Atlanta, it’s hard to know what we’ll get out of rookie Ty Gibbs, but I’m bracing for the worst. I will note, Gibbs has proven in the lower series he knows how to reach victory lane here.
Atlanta Track History – Ty Gibbs has no Cup starts under his belt at Atlanta, but in the Xfinity series, Gibbs was the tracks debuting winner. Last summer, Gibbs was a strong top ten contender but crashed and finished 35th. In the race, Gibbs finished 2nd in Stage #1 and 7th in Stage #2. Last spring in the tracks lower series debut, Gibbs only led 1 lap, but it was the final lap and he emerged victorious.
Atlanta Fantasy Spin – Don’t overlook Harrison Burton at Atlanta. The draft is a great equalizer, and Burton had one of the best performances of his career here last summer. I don’t know if he can repeat it, and wouldn’t count on it, but it might just happen. That said, I would view Burton as a 20’s performer who might sneak in a good result if he can avoid trouble.
Atlanta Track History – Last summer at Atlanta, Harrison Burton had one of the best performances of his young career. In the race, Burton led 9 laps, finished 7th in Stage #2, had a 14th place average running position and then finished 10th when the checkered flag waved. In terms of Total Speed Rankings, Burton ranked 14th and over the final two segments he had speed rankings of 8th and 9th. Last spring, Burton finished 25th and had a 25.7 average running position. On lap 141 Burton was running in 19th, but then on lap 145 he was collected in the “Big One”, and then after that he essentially just logged laps until the conclusion.