This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
With the high thrills and excitement of the Bristol race now well in our rearview mirror, we head back to Atlanta this weekend. Twelve weeks ago, NASCAR was poised to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for this event. The Coronavirus emergency effectively shut all major sports down that week in mid-March, and with it the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was postponed. NASCAR's resumption and quickly assembled short-term schedule has us making up that event and racing at Atlanta in early June. This will be the Cup Series first June race at the Georgia speedway since way back in 1965. For many years the Atlanta races have typically been either early season or late-season events. So we will be witnessing a bit of history this weekend.
The lightning-fast quad oval will host the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 this Sunday afternoon. Racing at Atlanta is a completely different game than the just-completed race at Bristol. 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 bear some resemblance to Atlanta. This will be just our third cookie cutter oval race of the season and second since the Coronavirus break, so the twin Charlotte races will be our most relevant data to review, and 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