Following a crash-filled Daytona 500, NASCAR proceeds to Atlanta’s weathered 1.54-mile asphalt track.
Since the surface allows for side-by-side racing in multiple grooves many NASCAR drivers favor the monitor. Tires wear out quickly on the oblong, setting a higher importance.
Kevin Harvick won the first two phases at Atlanta, but a penalty allowed Brad Keselowski in for the flag. Keselowski handed 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 looks to catch his first Cup Series win. Back at 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 numbers.
NASCAR at Atlanta: Upgraded weather forecast
Elliott listed two second-place endings, 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 monitors this past year.
Before Keselowski’s win Elliott’s teammate Jimmie Johnson was victorious in two straight Atlanta races. Johnson, who possesses a Cup Series record 28 wins 1.5-mile paths 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 old king of 1.5-mile tracks, our choice to win Sunday is reigning champion Martin Truex Jr., who has been nearly unbeatable at intermediate ovals.
Truex won seven of the 11 1.5-mile speedway races last season with nine top fives for an average finish of 2.5. He is still searching for his first win in Atlanta but we expect him to get the job done Sunday (if the rain holds off) despite starting out from the back of the field.
Read more: ufc200-fight.com