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Comments: NASCAR Picks for Bristol

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One of the nice things about the first weeks of the NASCAR season is that you get a chance to see how drivers run at a variety of tracks. From the restrictor-plate racing at Daytona to the flat corners of Phoenix to the high speeds Las Vegas, the Cup Series has already visited three very different tracks. The trend will continue this weekend when the series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for some short track racing. Granted, attempts to undo the recent changes have yet to bring back the bumping and banging that made the track famous, but there is always going to be something unique about jamming 43 cars onto a half-mile track.

From a fantasy perspective, the constant changes are kind of an annoyance. Not all the drivers that dominated on the track's original configuration continued their success when the progressive banking was added. Meanwhile, some of the drivers that had excelled on the new track seemed to take a step back last summer when Bristol unveiled its latest layout. One race is too small of a sample size to say for sure, but there is a good chance that we are just beginning to figure out which drivers will flourish and which will struggle on the latest version of Bristol. It could be an interesting weekend in Thunder Valley.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  2. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  3. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  4. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  5. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  6. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  7. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  8. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  9. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  10. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  11. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  12. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  13. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  14. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  15. Paul Menard, Menards
  16. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  17. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  18. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  19. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  20. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  21. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  22. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  23. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  24. Juan Montoya, Target
  25. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  26. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  27. Bobby Labonte, TBA
  28. Casey Mears, GEICO
  29. Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com
  30. Travis Kvapil, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
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