NASCAR at Atlanta 2014: Complete Preview and Prediction for Oral-B USA 500

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NASCAR at Atlanta 2014: Complete Preview and Prediction for Oral-B USA 500
Associated Press
Sprint Cup action at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Sunday night's Oral-B USA 500 is not only the penultimate race of the regular season, but it takes place at one of the fastest, trickiest and oldest tracks that the Sprint Cup Series races on, Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

"The asphalt is worn out and the tires have a hard time maintaining pace," former Atlanta winner Kurt Busch said in a pre-race media release. “Those factors combined make this a very challenging race.”

Busch won back-to-back races here in 2009-10. 

"It’s an intermediate track because of its size and the banking, but it really is more of a driver’s track because you have a lot to balance thereaerodynamics, pit strategy and tire management."

Busch is in the Chase field, but he is also one of the favorites to win Sunday. He is one of several drivers to consider when picking a winner.

Greg Biffle sits just inside the Chase cutoff, without the insurance of a win. Just outside the line is rookie sensation Kyle Larson, who could slide into the field of 16 if he either wins or if one of the four drivers (Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Biffle) without one has a bad night Sunday night.

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