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Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta

Ross Chastain racing at the front of the line at Atlanta Motor Speedway, NKP

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Peach State for some super-intermediate action at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Read on for my daily fantasy NASCAR DraftKings picks for the Ambetter Health 400, airing Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. ET on FOX.

Last year was the first time Cup drivers took on the newly-reconfigured Atlanta, and no one really knew what to expect. It was somewhat like a superspeedway, where cars ran mostly in a pack. However, the track is much shorter in length and smaller in width than Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

Though there were plenty of cautions in both races and the winners (William Byron and Chase Elliott) both led a lot of laps in each. However, this year might be a little different; we could see a last-lap lead change or an underdog winning.

So how should you treat this race when studying for DraftKings?

Look at the drivers’ average run positions during the races last year, as that may tell a bit more than where they finished. Also, examine the races at Talladega and Daytona to see who might be adapting to the Next Gen car more than others at this type of track.

Lastly, see where the drivers qualify on Saturday (11:35 a.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). You might can find some good value depending on where they lineup.

One thing that is a bit different is the pit-road starting line: it’s moved way up near turns 3 and 4. That will keep things interesting during the race.

Before I get on to my picks for Atlanta, let’s review the results from Phoenix:

DraftKings Salary Driver DraftKings Score
$11,100 Kyle Larson 111.55
$10,300 Ryan Blaney 52.95
$9,000 Kevin Harvick 80.05
$8,800 Christopher Bell 45.55
$7,800 Brad Keselowski 13.95
$6,600 Chris Buescher 34
$6,200 AJ Allmendinger 25

Overall, these drivers did fairly well (though AJ Allmendinger once again got into bad luck, crashing on the next-to-last restart). Brad Keselowski was running in the top 10 most of the day until the last two cautions. He unfortunately fell back to 18th, which sunk his DraftKings score (as he had started in the top 10 to begin with).

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