The High Line – Cup Series – YellaWood 500 – Talladega Superspeedway – October 1, 2023

Top Drivers

Ricky Stenhouse ($8,500), Starting 35th

Here we go with Superspeedway Ricky. Starting 35th, Stenhouse would already be of high interest without any success at these types of tracks. However, considering how good Stenhouse has been atthese types of tracks he deserves a deeper look. In 23 career races at Daytona Stenhouse has two wins, three top-fives, four top-10’s, and an average finish of 20th. At Talladega Stenhouse has a win, six top-fives, nine top-10’s, and an average finish of 15th in 20 races. He’s considered one of the best superspeedway racers out there.

Ross Chastain ($8,800), Starting 32nd

Ross Chastain holds off Martin Truex Jr. for Cup Series win at Nashville |  Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chastain is another solid superspeedway racer and he’ll start back at 32nd. In nine Talladega trips he has a win and two top-fives. Chastain is a good, aggressive driver, one that isn’t afraid to push the envelope which can be good or bad in this type of race but the upside with him starting this far back is too good to ignore.

Kyle Busch ($8,700), Starting 25th

KB won the race here in April giving him his second career win at Talladega and his second top-three finish in his last three races here. ‘Dega has been a bit of a rollercoaster over the years as you could imagine but one factor to note is that he’s done reasonably well at staying out of trouble. Busch has just six races here in which he’s wrecked out of in 36 starts.

Chris Buescher ($10,000), Starting 24th

I don’t love how high Buescher’s salary has gotten but I do love how he’s driven this RFK machine this year. Buescher has three wins on the season including one at the end of August at Daytona. Earlier this season Buescher finished fourth here at Talladega, a track in which he’s posted four top-10 finishes at in 16 starts. Driving with a ton of confidence and still in the playoffs, Buescher has a ton of momentum heading into Sunday.


Also consider:

Chase Elliott ($9,300), Starting 23rd

Erik Jones ($7,800), Starting 26th

Daniel Suarez ($8,100), Starting 28th

Corey LaJoie ($6,200), Starting 36th

A.J. Allmendinger ($6,600), Starting 31st

Justin Haley ($6,000), Starting 30th