Fantasy NASCAR at Atlanta 2014: Picks, Top Drivers for Oral-B USA 500

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Fantasy NASCAR at Atlanta 2014: Picks, Top Drivers for Oral-B USA 500
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Hampton, Georgia, this Sunday, Aug. 31, for the Oral-B USA 500.

The only bad thing about the race this week at Atlanta Motor Speedway is that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series only visits the track once during the season. Atlanta brings back an old-school type of racing. The surface eats up tires and has multiple grooves. Drivers are forced to move around and find the groove that works best for their car.

The teams who can do this will run up front Sunday night.

Roush Fenway Racing dominated qualifying at Atlanta last season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the pole and his teammate Carl Edwards started next to him on the front row. The chances of the team taking the top two spots in the race Sunday are slim. Roush Fenway Racing has not shown the speed to keep up with Team Penske and Hendrick Motorsports.

Joe Gibbs Racing is the team to watch this week. The team has finished either first or second at Atlanta 17 times (with seven total wins). Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin won the event the last two years. Their teammate Matt Kenseth could use a win this week to give him momentum heading into the Chase.

Here are my picks for the Oral-B 500 at Atlanta.

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