This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
With the twists and turns of Road America now well in our rearview mirror, we head this week to a much different venue for the second time this season. NASCAR pulls into Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second visit of 2021. This event is a new addition to the Cup Series schedule will make for the first time that NASCAR's top division has competed twice in a season at the Atlanta oval since 2010. For much of the last decade, the sanctioning body only scheduled one event per year at Atlanta. That will change this weekend as NASCAR runs the Quaker State 400.
The lightning-fast quad oval plays host to this 400-mile battle Sunday afternoon. Atlanta Motor Speedway is similar to the many intermediate ovals we've already raced in the 2021 campaign. However, tire wear always seems to be the overarching theme each time we visit this track. We'll need to pay very close attention to who is currently surging in the Cup Series and also who performed well the last time we raced in Atlanta back in March of this year. To a lesser degree, the historical statistics of Atlanta will also play a part for identifying those teams that will make the transition back 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.
The intermediate oval is the most frequent type of track found on the NASCAR