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Ty Dillon 25th in Cup debut at Atlanta 09-01-2014
Ty Dillon
Ty Dillon finished three laps off the pace in the Oral-B USA 500 and scored a 25th-place finish, but it was significant for another reason. He finished one position better than his brother Austin did in his Cup debut in 2011 at Kansas Speedway. The younger Dillon brother now has bragging rights, and fantasy players found Ty to be a provisionally good value in some games. In pre-race coverage all week at Rotoworld, he was predicted to finish within a few positions of 26th and did not disappoint.
Danica Patrick scores career-best at Atlanta 09-01-2014
Danica Patrick
Earlier this season, Danica Patrick scored a career-best finish on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track of Kansas Speedway when she crossed under the checkers seventh. She improved on that by one position at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week and finished sixth. This was the fourth top-10 of Patrick's career. Patrick was the beneficiary of some well-timed cautions, but she survived two green-white-checkered attempts at the end of the Oral-B USA 500 and avoided the carnage that erupted around her. Next week's venue, Richmond is not one of her better tracks in terms of career-average finishes, but it is a course with some similarities to unrestricted, intermediate speedways.
Kenseth locks into Chase with 2nd at Atlanta 09-01-2014
Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth wiggled out of turn four coming to the white flag of the Oral-B USA 500 and lost a side-by-side battle with Kasey Kahne. Kenseth's second-place finish gives him enough of a points' cushion to lock into the Chase for the Championship. Kenseth would certainly have preferred to win the Atlanta race and earn the bonus points that go along with a regular season victory, but he accomplished a much bigger feat by qualifying for the Chase. Consistency is going to be incredibly important in the first three races of the playoff-style format, and Kenseth has a proven ability to score points.
Kasey Kahne wins and is in Chase 09-01-2014
Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne had the best restart of his season during the second green-white-checkered attempt and swept past Matt Kenseth on the next-to-last lap. He held on to win the Oral-B USA 500 by 0.574 seconds and locked himself into the Chase. That puts all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers in the Chase for the Championship with one regular season race remaining. Kahne has had an up-and-down year, which has occasionally made him a questionable fantasy value, but this will undoubtedly generate a lot of momentum for the next couple of races.