Martin Truex Jr. is bar none, one of the top drivers at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s also won 28 times in his Cup career with 15 of them on intermediates, like Atlanta. The thing is, he’s not won on a 1.5-mile track though since the Fall of 2019. Does that change Sunday in Atlanta?
Despite being so good at Atlanta, Truex is actually 0-for-22 there. He was third last year though, second in 2019 and fifth in 2018 to give him three consecutive top five results on the Georgia race track. In fact, he has six straight top eight finishes there and eight in his last nine tries overall. On another aged surface race track last month, Truex finished third in Homestead.
Also, he has three straight top six results on the season overall including a win last Sunday as well.
He’s one to watch.
So are his teammates. While Toyota has won just three total times in Atlanta and none since 2013, they’ve had a front row seat lately for Ford’s domination. They finished 2-3-5 last June and we know what Truex can do, what about Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch?
Hamlin has two top five finishes in his last three Atlanta starts. He’s also had a top five in all but one race run this season too. Busch has had three straight top seven’s including a runner-up a year ago. He’s had a top seven in four of the last five years at that.
Toyota are good value picks this weekend.