This week’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is a home race for the sport’s Most Popular Driver, 24-year old Chase Elliott of Dawsonville, Georgia and Elliott would love nothing more than to earn his second victory of the season at the venue.
It would be a fantastically popular win for the driver who won the second Charlotte race a week and a half ago.
Elliott, the driver of the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet is in third in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings, 45 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. He’s climbed up the standings with a win at Charlotte and four top-five finishes on the season.
Elliott has a series best five stage wins. And he’s led laps in all but two of the nine races this season.
Atlanta Motor Speedway certainly is a prime prospect for Elliott to celebrate mightily in Victory Lane. He has three top-10 finishes in four NASCAR Cup Series starts at the track, including a best of fifth place in 2017. His worst showing was in 2019 when Elliott finished 19th.
Interestingly, for as good as Elliott’s results have been, he’s never led a lap at Atlanta. But his dad, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, has won five times at the Georgia track.