In the past two seasons, David Gilliland has finished in the top 20 only twice in 15 similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races. His best result was a 17th in last year’s Atlanta AdvoCare 500.
Martin Truex Jr. finished in the top five in his last two Atlanta attempts with Michael Waltrip Racing. The No. 78 team finished fourth last year with Kurt Busch behind the wheel and they both hope to keep that momentum alive.
Greg Biffle enters the weekend with a four-race, top-10 streak this season dating back to the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono. His previous two attempts at New Hampshire and Indy ended in top-15s.
Joey Logano has scored six consecutive top-12 finishes on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, including a victory in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas.
Michael Annett finished in the mid to high-20s in the first four races held on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year, but he may wind up on a few fantasy owners’ radar screens after finishing 18th in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky.
Nine of Brian Vickers’ last 10 Atlanta attempts have ended in top-15 finishes. He missed the 2010 and 2012 fall races on this track, however.
Kasey Kahne won his second Atlanta race in fall 2009 and that was part of a three-race, top-10 streak there. His last four efforts have all ended well outside the top 20, however, with an average finish of 31.2.
After winning his first Atlanta race in his first attempt in 2001 and sweeping the top five that season, Harvick struggled on this track until 2008. Since then, he has earned eight top-15s in the past nine races.
In four previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, Trevor Bayne has recorded one top-10 finish, a seventh-place result in this event in 2013.
Jeb Burton will make his second start at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park north of the border, and this year he is looking for redemption.
In the last three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 IDEAL Door/Menards Toyota Tundra, has gained four points on the championship points leader.
Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) marks Chris Buescher’s second start at the 1.54-mile track.
Ryan Reed will make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday evening.
Johnny Sauter made seven road-course starts across NASCAR's top three divisions including, two starts in Sprint Cup in 2007, four starts in the Nationwide Series in 2005 and 2006, and one start in last year's inaugural Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Three teams that compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – the No. 00, 19, and 30 – have been penalized for post-race infractions committed following the Aug. 21 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.