After a crash-crammed Daytona 500, NASCAR strikes to Atlanta’s weathered 1.fifty four-mile asphalt monitor.
The monitor is favored by many NASCAR drivers because the floor permits for aspect-by-aspect racing in a number of grooves. Tires put on out in a short time on the oval, placing a better significance on lengthy-run velocity.
Final yr, Kevin Harvick gained the primary two levels at Atlanta, however a penalty allowed Brad Keselowski to swoop in for the checkered flag. Keselowski handed Kyle Larson for the lead with six laps to go for his first win of 2017.
All eyes will probably be on Georgia native Chase Elliott this weekend has he appears to seize his first Cup Collection win at his hometown monitor. Again within the No. 9 automotive, a quantity made well-known by his Corridor of Fame father Invoice, Chase does have a good shot to win based mostly on final season’s numbers.
Elliott recorded two second-place finishes, seven prime fives, and 9 prime-10s at 1.5-mile tracks in 2017. The Dawsonville, Ga., native additionally averaged the third-greatest common end of Cup drivers (9.eighty two) on 1.5-mile tracks final yr.
Earlier than Keselowski’s win final yr, Elliott’s teammate Jimmie Johnson was victorious in two straight Atlanta races. Johnson, who owns a Cup Collection document 28 wins on 1.5-mile tracks in his profession, has 5 wins, 14 prime fives together with a collection-greatest driver score of one hundred and five.four at Atlanta.
Whereas Johnson has been the previous king of 1.5-mile tracks, our decide to win Sunday is reigning champion Martin Truex Jr., who has been almost unbeatable at intermediate ovals.
Truex gained seven of the eleven 1.5-mile speedway races final season with 9 prime fives for a mean end of 2.5. He is nonetheless in search of his first win at Atlanta however we anticipate him to get the job executed Sunday (if the rain holds off).
What are the betting odds for NASCAR at Atlanta?
Martin Truex Jr. 9/2
Kyle Larson 9/2
Kevin Harvick 9/2
Kyle Busch 6/1
Chase Elliott eight/1
Denny Hamlin 12/1
Brad Keselowski 12/1
Jimmie Johnson 12/1
Joey Logano 12/1
Erik Jones 20/1
Ryan Blaney 25/1
Clint Bowyer 30/1
Kurt Busch 30/1
Alex Bowman 30/1
Jamie McMurray 60/1
William Byron 60/1
Daniel Suarez 60/1
Aric Almirola 60/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. one hundred/1
Austin Dillon one hundred/1
Ryan Newman one hundred/1
Paul Menard 200/1
Trevor Bayne 300/1
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. 300/1
Ty Dillon 300/1
Kasey Kahne 500/1
AJ Allmendinger 500/1
Chris Buescher one thousand/1
Michael McDowell 5000/1
Area (all others) 500/1
Odds by way of Westgate.
Which drivers are greatest for fantasy NASCAR at Atlanta?
Kevin Harvick might be out to make amends for final season’s pricey penalty that value him the race. Harvick has led 835 laps over the previous six races at Atlanta and owns an almost flawless driver score of 132.9 over the previous two.
Jamie McMurray‘s string of 9 straight prime-12 finishes at 1.5-mile tracks started with final season’s race at Atlanta.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. stated lately that Atlanta is considered one of his favourite tracks. He was operating seventh forward of the ultimate restart in final season’s race, however slight injury knocked him again to thirteenth.
Wanting to save wage, contemplate Michael McDowell, Ty Dillon, and Paul Menard, who strikes to quicker gear within the No. 21 Wooden Brothers automotive.