This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
This weekend NASCAR pulls into Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first of two visits in the 2021 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 Phoenix event. 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 our third race of the season on an intermediate oval, so results from Homestead and Las Vegas will be important to review. However, the historical statistics of Atlanta will also play a part for identifying those teams that will have the most success in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
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 likely be setting the stage for success at other intermediate ovals such as Charlotte, Kansas and Texas.
The intermediate oval is the most frequent type of track found on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. This event should continue to set the tone for these style ovals for at least the