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Group B is loaded with drivers who have had a lot of success at Bristol. There are eight drivers worth considering for your team this week; unfortunately, fantasy NASCAR players can only select four.
Kurt Busch used to be one of the best drivers at Bristol. He fell off last year, finishing both races outside the top 15. He should return to the top 10 this week in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy.
Greg Biffle is another driver who has had success at Bristol. He won the pole for this race last season. The best time to use Biffle is when he gets on one of his hot streaks. After the poor performance at Las Vegas, I suggest waiting for Biffle to heat up before using him.
Joey Logano had two good races at Bristol in 2012, and he should be even better this year. Logano now drives for Penske Racing. The organization calls Bristol their best racetrack. Logano should learn a lot from his teammate, Brad Keselowski, the defending race winner.
My sleeper pick this week is Paul Menard. He is off to a good start to the 2013 season and finished both races at Bristol last season in the top 10.
Here are the four drivers I selected for Group B, and stats from the NASCAR Media Center based upon their career stats at Bristol.
Brian Vickers will fill in for Mark Martin in the No. 55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. Vickers replaced Martin last season at Bristol and finished both races in the top five. He must be on every team this week.
Vickers has not always been very good at Bristol, but the way he ran the two races in the No. 55 car last season at Bristol, he is too good to pass up. In the last two races at Bristol, Vickers had a series-high 81 points scored, led 126 laps and had an average finishing position of 4.5.
Vickers will run well this week in the Food City 500.
Bristol is one of Kyle Busch’s best racetracks. In 2010 he became the first driver to sweep the races in NASCAR’s top three series (Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series) in one weekend.
Busch’s stats at Bristol are outstanding. He has five wins, seven top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes. Busch has a series-best driver rating of 102.7, series-high 556 fastest laps run and a series-best average green flag speed of 114.99.
Busch seems to be over his engine problems, so it is now safe to start him this week.
Carl Edwards got the nickname “Concrete Carl” because of his success at the concrete racetracks. Bristol is one of them. He had two poor performances at Bristol last year, but he should bounce back on Sunday.
Edwards has two wins, four top-five finishes, seven top-10 finishes and two poles at Bristol. He has the 10th-best driver rating of 88.2 and ran 65 percent of his laps in the top 15.
Edwards' 2012 slump seems to be over. He will be good for another top 10 finish this week.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. always starts the season better than he finishes it. Do not be one of the people who waits until his hot streak is over before you jump on the bandwagon.
Earnhardt has been good, but not great at Bristol in his career. He has one win, seven top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes. Earnhardt has the 11th-best driver rating of 87.9 and a series-high 879 green flag passes.
Earnhardt’s Crew Chief, Steve Letarte, has been good at fixing the No. 88 car throughout the races. He will have Earnhardt up front at the end of the race Sunday.
Other good choices: Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Paul Menard.