QuikTrip 500 Preview: A Glimpse into the Season Ahead
QuikTrip 500 Preview: A Glimpse into the Season Ahead

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

With the caution flags, wrecks and twisted sheet metal of the Daytona 500 now well in our rearview mirror, we head this week to a much different venue for the second race of the season. NASCAR pulls into Atlanta Motor Speedway for the one and only visit of the 2019 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 Daytona 500. The one thing we can rely on is that this typical cookie cutter oval has sister ovals in the Monster Energy Cup Series. Tracks like Charlotte, Texas and even Las Vegas and Kansas bear some resemblance to Atlanta.

This will be our first race of the season with the new intermediate oval aerodynamic package and tapered spacers. So practice this week will play a huge role in determining which drivers have a head start and jump on the field. To a lesser degree, the historical statistics of Atlanta will also play a part for identifying those teams that will make the transition from superspeedway to intermediate oval racing the best. 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

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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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