Comments: NASCAR Picks for Talladega
 
 
 
 

Comments: NASCAR Picks for Talladega

Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin have looked like the drivers to beat for the 2012 Cup Series title since the Chase began, and three races into the Chase, they have separated themselves from the pack. However, their comfortable cushion could be erased this weekend when the series heads to Talladega Superspeedway. The "Big One" is always lurking at the restrictor-plate track, and in a matter of seconds a dozen or more cars could end up trashed. The first three races have been telling, but the drivers that emerge from Talladega at or near the top of the standings will truly be the frontrunners for a championship.

For fantasy owners leading their leagues, this weekend's race is your last major hurdle. Avoid a disaster, and you should be able to cruise toward a title of your own. For those owners that aren't currently leading their leagues, this is your best chance to gain a lot of ground in a hurry. Let's face it. Anything can happen at Talladega, and an unconventional lineup can easily outperform a lineup filled with big names. This is the race to load up on sleepers, cross your fingers and hope your drivers avoid the inevitable multi-car wreck. If you need a Hail Mary to win your league, this is your chance.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  2. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  4. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  5. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  6. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  7. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  8. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  9. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  10. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  11. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  12. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  13. Paul Menard, Menards
  14. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  15. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  16. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  17. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  18. Trevor Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
  19. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  20. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  21. Sam Hornish, Jr., SKF/AAA
  22. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  23. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  24. Michael Waltrip, PEAK BlueDEF
  25. David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops/A&W Restaurants
  26. Juan Montoya, Target
  27. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  28. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  29. Regan Smith, Guy Roofing
  30. Travis Kvapil, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
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