Following a crash-filled Daytona 500, NASCAR proceeds to Atlanta’s weathered 1.54-mile asphalt trail.
Many NASCAR drivers favor the monitor as the surface permits for racing in grooves. Tires wear out putting a higher importance.
Kevin Harvick won the first two stages at Atlanta, This past year, but a punishment allowed Brad Keselowski in for the flag. Keselowski handed Kyle Larson for the lead with six laps to go for his first win of 2017.
All eyes will be on Georgia native Chase Elliott this weekend gets he looks to capture his first Cup Series win at his hometown track. Back in the No. 9 car, a number made famous by his Hall of Fame father Bill, Chase does have a fair shot to win based on last season’s numbers.
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Elliott recorded two second-place finishes, seven top fives, and nine top-10s in 1.5-mile paths in 2017. The Dawsonville, Ga., native also averaged the third-best average finish of Cup drivers (9.82) on 1.5-mile tracks last year.
Before Keselowski’s win last year, Elliott’s teammate Jimmie Johnson was victorious in two Atlanta races that are straight. Johnson, who possesses a Cup Series record 28 wins on 1.5-mile paths in his profession, has five wins, 14 top fives together with a series-best driver rating of 105.4 at Atlanta.
While Johnson has been the old king of 1.5-mile tracks, 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 is still looking for his first win at Atlanta but we expect him to get the job done Sunday (if the rain holds off) despite starting out from the rear of the area.
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