NASCAR at Atlanta 2018: Odds, fantasy advice, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch
Following a crash-filled Daytona 500, NASCAR moves to Atlanta’s weathered 1.54-mile asphalt track.
As the surface permits for racing in grooves the monitor is favored by many NASCAR drivers. Tires wear out very quickly on the oblong, setting a greater importance.
Kevin Harvick won the first two phases at Atlanta This past year, but a punishment allowed Brad Keselowski to swoop 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 has he seems to catch 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 shot to win according to last year’s numbers.
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Elliott recorded two second-place finishes, 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 tracks this past year.
Ahead of Keselowski’s win Elliott’s teammate Jimmie Johnson was successful in two Atlanta races. Johnson, who possesses a Cup Series record 28 wins on 1.5-mile paths in his profession, has five wins, 14 top fives along 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’s still looking for his first win in Atlanta but we expect him to get the job done Sunday (if the rain stays off) despite starting from the back of the area.