What to expect in Atlanta
The new racing package will take front seat this upcoming weekend in Atlanta as NASCAR fans will get to see if pack racing at Atlanta can actually be a real thing. NASCAR surprised many this past weekend with the quality of racing and passing that took place at Daytona, they need to keep that momentum heading into and through Atlanta.
Ford has a two-year winning streak in Atlanta with Kevin Harvick winning there in 2018 and Brad Keselowski winning there in 2017. Prior to that it was Jimmie Johnson winning back-to-back Atlanta races in 2015 and 2016. Over the last 10 Atlanta races, Kevin Harvick (8), Kurt Busch (7), Brad Keselowski (6) and Martin Truex Jr. (6) have the most top-10 finishes. It’s also worth noting that in three career starts at Atlanta, Chase Elliott has three top-10 finishes and an average finishing position of 7.7. The only driver with a better average finishing position at Atlanta is Kurt Busch (6.7).
who is going to win Atlanta?
Picking NASCAR races is never an easy venture. All of the above drivers should be competitive this weekend and somewhere near the front of the pack at the end of the race. That being said, I think Hendrick Motorsports will shine this weekend in Atlanta with either Jimmie Johnson or Chase Elliott picking up the victory. If you’re looking for a dark horse this weekend, keep your eye on Erik Jones and the No. 20 team. Jones only has a pair of Atlanta starts under his belt but both of those starts resulted in solid top-14 finishes. After a top-five this past weekend, Jones will enter Atlanta with some momentum.