After a crash-filled Daytona 500, NASCAR moves into Atlanta’s weathered 1.54-mile asphalt track.
Since the surface allows for racing in grooves the track is favored by most NASCAR drivers. Tires wear out putting a higher significance on long-run rate.
Kevin Harvick won the first two stages at Atlanta This past year, but a penalty allowed Brad Keselowski to swoop in for the flag. Keselowski passed Kyle Larson for the lead with six rebounds to go for his first win of 2017.
All eyes will be on Georgia native Chase Elliott this weekend has he seems to capture his first Cup Series win. Back in the No. 9 car, a number made famous by his Hall of Fame father Bill, Chase does have a fair chance to win based on last season’s figures.
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Elliott listed two second-place endings, seven top fives, and nine top-10s in 1.5-mile tracks in 2017. The Dawsonville, Ga., native also averaged the third-best average end of Cup drivers (9.82) on 1.5-mile monitors last year.
Ahead of Keselowski’s win last year, Elliott’s teammate Jimmie Johnson was victorious in two Atlanta races. Johnson, who owns a Cup Series record 28 wins 1.5-mile tracks in his career, has five wins, 14 top fives together with a series-best motorist evaluation of 105.4 at Atlanta.
While Johnson has become the older king of 1.5-mile monitors, our choice to win Sunday is reigning champion Martin Truex Jr., that has been nearly unbeatable at intermediate ovals.
Truex won seven of those 11 1.5-mile speedway races last season with nine top fives for an average finish of 2.5. He’s still looking for his first win at Atlanta but we expect him to have the job done Sunday (if the rain holds off) despite starting out from the rear of the field.
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