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Ryan NewmanSeventh in the standings, 84 points ahead of 13th Atlanta starting position: 23rd Best Atlanta finish (15 career Cup starts): Fifth Outlook: "I'm confident with our teams and I'm confident with our abilities, but I just don't know racing-wise if something crazy is going to happen in front of us or whatever. I'm fully capable of running out of talent, I've done it before. It's just a matter of you get these two good races in, two top-10 finishes answers everything and we can't lose there. I'm assuming when you say 'locked in,' you mean making the Chase and not being locked in this weekend because that would be a really tough task. I think that we're fully capable and I think this is a good place for us to show it. I really look forward to Richmond. We were really strong there in the spring. This place here is a really fast race track that usually ends up with 11 to 16 cars on the lead lap so if we're a part of that group then we'll be in good shape."
Greg BiffleEighth in the standings, 75 points ahead of 13th Atlanta starting position: 26th Best Atlanta finish (13 career Cup starts): Third
Juan Pablo MontoyaNinth in the standings, 64 points ahead of 13th Atlanta starting position: 22nd Best Atlanta finish (five career Cup starts): Fifth. Outlook: "Where we are right now is OK. We can't change that we had two flat tires the last two races and it cost us a lot in the race results. It is part of racing. We do everything we can and we still do. Coming here, we think we have a good car. We have to make it to the end and get a good finish and see what happens. It isn't about being conservative, it is about being smart. Everything we have done this year, is making smart choices, when to race, when to get out of the gas, a lot of the give and take and it makes life a lot easier. As a team, everybody on our Target Chevy team just needs to keep doing what we have been doing every week and hopefully it is enough. You can't change things; you can't try to make up in two races what you haven't done in 24. I think we have done a good enough job and we are going to keep doing the same thing. Whether (Atlanta) is good or bad, we are still going to Richmond. What it is, is what it is. Whether it is secure or not secure, we have got to go to Richmond and do the best we can as well. It is not a matter of we have to win here so we know. If all we a 15th place car here, the make the car finish 15th here and see what you have to do in Richmond. We bring home a fifth place, great. If we bring home 30th, it is 30th, you can't change it."
Mark MartinTenth in the standings, 60 points ahead of 13th Atlanta starting position: Seventh Best Atlanta finish (47 career Cup starts): Winner (twice) Outlook: "It's going to be fun. Everybody loves racing here at Atlanta. And I just can't wait to get out on the race track and get to work. Seems like a long time since we have been racing and I am looking forward to getting down to business. We have our race to do and we have to handle our business the same no matter what really. What we do, we do our race the same no matter what and the things we can't control we just can't control. We try to do everything we can to control the things we can to get the very best result every race."
Kasey KahneEleventh in the standings, 52 points ahead of 13th Atlanta starting position: Second Best Atlanta finish (11 career Cup starts): Winner Outlook: "The 18 and 83 have been really strong and we had a rough race at Bristol. We got over that and went to a short track this week and did a day of testing. Hopefully, that will help us at Richmond. We've had a great day today. I look at tomorrow night as going for it, running as hard as we can, bringing the car home in one piece and getting all the points we can. Hopefully, it handles and things go well. No mistakes, I think we should have a great shot at making the Chase. To me, that's the goal. That's all we want to do right now, to figure out how to make the Chase. Everybody wants to be in the Chase. Over the last month, it's been a big topic. It's so close from sixth to 13th, even 16th four weeks ago. It's pretty exciting. I'm glad we're a part of it. Hopefully, we can hang on and stay in the top 12."
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