There will be plenty of different agendas at work when the field takes the green flag Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, starting with pole-sitter Kasey Kahne. The former AMS winner has underwhelmed for the most part in his first and only year with Red Bull Racing, but he still sits 15th in points and trails Denny Hamlin by 16 points. Hamlin currently holds the final wildcard spot, but if Kahne can win at Atlanta, he could move ahead of Hamlin and sneak into the Chase.
Along with Kahne, fantasy owners will have plenty excellent options starting inside the top 10. Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon are two of the hottest drivers in the series, and they will roll off third and fifth, respectively. Meanwhile, Roush Fenway Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards have been two of the most consistent performers at AMS in recent years, and they will start sixth and seventh Sunday. Kurt Busch rounds out the top 10 starters, and with three wins at Atlanta, he makes a strong addition to fantasy rosters as well.
Owners looking for a sleeper pick may want to consider Brian Vickers. He is starting fourth Sunday, and he has a solid record at AMS. He has five top-10 finishes in his last six starts at the track, including three straight. Vickers has been useless for the most part this year, but he could come up huge at one of his best tracks.
About Brian Polking
Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.
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