This weekâsÂ NASCAR fantasy picksÂ for the 1000 Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
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This weekâs Brilliant, Bold, and Bonkers NASCAR Fantasy picks for the 1000 Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega is a track where anything can happen. Itâs a track where the only thing you should expect is the unexpected. Though it may seem unexpected to some, I expect that Aric Almirola has the best shot at victory lane at Talladega on Sunday. With a newly signed deal at both SHR and Smithfield, heâll simply let his relief carry him into the next round of the playoffs.
Itâs obvious that Logano has a good history at Talladega Superspeedway. Whatâs less obvious is the reason behind his ho-hum performances since July. Logano has been up and down this season, but if thereâs one thing I know for sure, heâs going to give his all to stay up this Sunday.
Bowman came in second at Talladega in the spring, and he seems to have the right stuff to beat that by one on Sunday. Heâs been hot in his last two races, and thereâs no way heâs ready to cool down just yet. Look for the 88 to take some chances on Sunday that will help him cruise into the playoffs before anyone else on Hendrick can do the same.
Kurt may be out of the playoffs, but heâs still in it to win it. His top 10 finish at Dover last week might have given him a jolt, and thatâs just what he needs to push through the wreckage and get in front at Talladega.Â He does a good job navigating tricky tracks like this, and I think heâll get back to form on Sunday.
Stenhouse had an accident that led him to a 25th place finish in the spring, but his autumn appearances at Talladega have been in the top 5 for years. Itâs his best track, after all. This guy is looking for a ride next year, and the best way to find a new boss is to come out with tires squealing. As long as the 17 team can keep it all together on Sunday, thereâs a good chance for victory.
Denny hasnât been in the best position in recent weeks, and his loss at Dover was painful after leading so many laps. I expect the No. 11 to come on strong at Talladega. As long as his pit crew stays sharp, his spotter is on the ball, and Denny can avoid trouble, this might be the week that this JGR driver gets back to where he belongs.
If Truex happens to find his way to the front this week, Iâll be in awe. This is quite possibly his worst track if you consider those stats above. Heâs had three DNFs here in the past five races, and his average finish is 21st. Iâm staying away from the No. 19 in fantasy this week.
Itâs not that Kyle Busch canât grab a top-10 spot this week at Talladega, itâs that I canât see him grabbing the top spot. Of course, this is a track where the unexpectedâŠwell, you get the drift. Kyle has run into one mess after another in the past few weeks, and this is a track thatâs chock full of messes. I wouldnât count on the 18 for anything more than a stage win, at best.
Itâs a good thing that Larson punched his ticket last week, because this is a lousy track for the No. 42. He has no pressure and nothing to worry about, so I donât expect him to take any unnecessary chances. This might work to his advantage and lead to a decent finish, but it wonât lead to another win.