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Group B has many talented drivers. I would not suggest using Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman or Martin Truex, Jr. for your team this week. Each driver may have a good race on Sunday, but the risk outweighs the reward. There are much better racetracks to use those drivers on.
My philosophy for Group B is to pick some drivers who have had success at Talladega, but have not had a lot of success this year. There are many drivers who fall into that category. Usually, you can find a sleeper or two for your team after the two practice sessions on Friday.
Here are my selections for Yahoo Group B:
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the best driver in the field at Talladega. I am starting to sound like a broken record, but I will say it again, “This could be the week Earnhardt goes to victory lane.”
I thought last week would be the week Earnhardt would break his 138-race winless drought. He almost did when he finished the race in second place.
Talladega is one of Earnhardt’s best racetracks. Many people thought his dad could see the air flow over the cars at Talladega. I think Junior has the same gift.
Earnhardt has five wins, nine top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes at Talladega. His average running position of 14.9 is the second-best of any driver in the field. Earnhardt has run 1,618 laps in the top-15 in his career, which is the second best of any driver.
The second best choice for Group B is Clint Bowyer. Bowyer has quietly become one of the best restrictor-plate racers in the sport.
In the last four races at Talladega, Bowyer has two wins, a second-place finish and a seventh-place finish. No driver has been better than Bowyer in the last two years at Talladega.
Bowyer would be my pick to win the race if NASCAR would not have eliminated the dual-pack style of racing. The dual-pack racing that took place in 2011 was dominated by Bowyer and Harvick. Bowyer will still be good in a big pack. I look for him to hookup with Martin Truex, Jr. at the front of the pack on Sunday.
I plan to use Earnhardt and Bowyer for my team, but I will also watch Joey Logano in Friday’s practices. I would love to see Logano have a strong practice and qualify well so that I could save a start with Earnhardt or Bowyer.
Since I do not plan on using him much this year, this might be the perfect week to slip Logano into your lineup.
Talladega is one of Logano’s best racetracks. In his six career starts at Talladega, Logano has two top-five finishes, four top-10 finishes and a series-best 14.3 average running position in the race. His average green flag speed of 192.222 mph is the second best average of any driver in the field.
Logano is a good choice for any fantasy team wanting to save a start with one of the more popular drivers.
The story with Kurt Busch is that he is one of the best drivers in the sport on the restrictor-plate racetracks. The problem is that his success has come when he was driving for much stronger teams. Now Busch is driving for a team without a sponsor and the resources he had at Penske Racing and Roush Fenway Racing.
Since the restrictor-plate will limit the amount of horsepower for each car, I think Busch has a better chance of performing well this week than he does at the smaller racetracks.
Busch has never won on a restrictor-plate racetrack, but he does have six top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes at Talladega. In his career, Busch has run a series-high 1,621 laps in the top-15.
I look for Busch to team up with Regan Smith and work their way to the front on Sunday.
Other good picks: Juan Pablo Montoya, Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex, Jr. and A.J. Allmendinger