QuikTrip 500 Preview: Heading Back East
QuikTrip 500 Preview: Heading Back East

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

With the high thrills and excitement of the Phoenix race now well in our rearview mirror, we head  east this weekend.  The West Coast swing is now completed and we begin to enter the spring portion of the schedule.  NASCAR pulls into Atlanta Motor Speedway for the one and only visit of the 2020 season.

The lightning-fast quad oval will play host to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 this Sunday afternoon.  Racing at Atlanta is a completely different game than the just-completed race at Phoenix.  The one thing we can rely on is that this typical cookie cutter oval has sister ovals in the NASCAR Cup Series.  Tracks like Charlotte, Texas and even Las Vegas and Kansas bear some resemblance to Atlanta.  This will be just our second cookie cutter oval race of the season, so practice this week will play a huge role in determining which drivers are off to a good start in this style of racing.  To a lesser degree, the historical statistics of Atlanta will also play a part for identifying those teams to target in fantasy racing lineups.  Atlanta Motor Speedway has a good group of drivers that dominate each time we visit central Georgia.  The table below illustrates this group well.  Considering that the 1.5-mile speedway is the type of track that NASCAR competes on the most, the trends and marks set at AMS will need to be kept in our memory going forward.  Those drivers that pound the pavement in Atlanta will

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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