NASCAR at Atlanta 2018: Odds, fantasy advice, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watchCat:未分類
Following a crash-filled Daytona 500, NASCAR proceeds into Atlanta’s weathered 1.54-mile asphalt track.
As the surface allows for racing in multiple grooves, the track is preferred by most NASCAR drivers. Tires wear out quickly on the oval, setting a greater importance.
Last year, Kevin Harvick won the first two phases at Atlanta, but Brad Keselowski was allowed by a punishment to swoop in for the checkered 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 seems 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 has a fair chance to win according to 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 finish of Cup drivers (9.82) on 1.5-mile tracks last year.
Ahead of Keselowski’s win Elliott’s teammate Jimmie Johnson was successful in two Atlanta races that are consecutive. Johnson, who possesses a Cup Series record 28 wins 1.5-mile paths in his profession, has five wins, 14 top fives along with a series-best driver rating of 105.4 at Atlanta.
While Johnson has become the older king of 1.5-mile tracks, our pick 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 year 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 from the back of the area.
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