Atlanta 250 - Predictions and Favorites to Win
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Atlanta 250 Race Preview
|Where||Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, GA|
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Favorites to Win the 2020 Atlanta 250
It’s been a dream start for Burton, leaving his 2019 letdown behind.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has been impressive in his first season as a full-time Xfinity Series driver.
The rookie has yet to finish lower than fifth and scored his maiden victory in a national NASCAR series at Fontana two weeks ago.
Burton is the current points leader and is in great form heading into Atlanta.
He made a start at the track in the Truck Series, finishing eighth.
Burton will have some good information to rely on this weekend, as his #20 crew won this race with Christopher Bell in 2019.
Briscoe has been a contender in every race this season.
The Stewart-Haas driver finished fifth at Daytona, won at Las Vegas and was running at the front of the pack at Auto Club before a flat tire relegated him to 19th.
Now in his second full season in the series, Briscoe continues to improve.
The Stewart-Haas driver has two 15th place finishes in two starts at Atlanta.
Cindric scored back-to-back top 3 finishes at Fontana and Las Vegas.
Now in his third season as a full-time driver, the Team Penske driver needs to score his first win on an oval.
Cindric has two top 10 finishes in two Xfinity Series starts at Atlanta.
Dating back to the 2019 playoffs, he now has five top 3 finishes in his last ten oval starts.
Outside Picks for the 2020 Atlanta 250
While Harrison Burton has drawn all the attention early in the season, Herbst is quietly piling up good results.
After retiring from the Daytona opener, the Joe Gibbs Racing rookie scored back-to-back top 10 finishes at Las Vegas and Auto Club.
Herbst finished a career-best second at the Fontana oval, just behind teammate Burton.
The rookie has four top 10 finishes in five career starts at 1.5-mile tracks.
Gragson had a great start to the season, winning at Daytona and finishing inside the top 5 at Las Vegas.
Despite a poor result at Fontana, the JR Motorsports driver has been on an amazing run since the 2019 season.
Gragson has ten top 5 and 21 top 10 finishes in his last 26 starts.
The second-year driver has three career starts at Atlanta, with a best finish of second in the Truck Series.
Jones’ season is off to a solid start as well, with back-to-back top 10 finishes at Daytona and Las Vegas.
He looked set for a win at Fontana after dominating the race, starting from the pole, leading the most laps and claiming both stages.
However, a flat tire relegated him to 30th place at the end of the day.
Jones has great equipment in hands and is entering his fifth full season, which gives him a significant advantage in experience.
He finished fourth at Atlanta in 2019.
Atlanta 250 FAQ
How long is Atlanta Motor Speedway?
Length: 1.54 mile
Banking: 24° corners, 5° straights
Atlanta is one of the oldest tracks in NASCAR.
The speedway opened in July 1960, and it has been part of the Cup Series schedule every year since then.
The 1.5-mile oval had been last repaved back in 1987.
The old and worn out surface posed an additional challenge and earned plenty of praise from the drivers.
Despite its popularity, however, the number of bumps and cracks led to a resurfacing project.
This year’s race will be run on the new surface, as the track finally underwent the repaving originally planned for 2017.
Is Atlanta 250 still on?
No, all races at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend have been postponed.