If the first five races this year on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks are an indication, David Ragan should finish somewhere in the 30s at Atlanta. His best result on this track type in 2014 is a pair of 31sts at Charlotte and Kentucky.
Tony Stewart will race for the first time in three weeks following a fatal accident in a sprint car event in upstate New York. He will be distracted by media attention, but should be considered a strong contender.
Paul Menard is consistent and occasionally strong on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. In five races this year he has a best of third at Vegas and a worst of 17th at Kansas.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run chassis 88-901 this week in the Oral-B USA 500; it is a brand new chassis that has not yet been raced.
Clint Bowyer once earned four sixth-place finishes at Atlanta in five races from 2007 through 2009. In the six races since then, he has only one more top-20, which was a seventh in fall 2010.
Carl Edwards will race chassis No. RK-880 this week in the Oral-B USA 500; this chassis was last run at Kentucky, another similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. Edwards did not fare particularly well there with a 17th-place finish.
Brad Keselowski will seek to score his third victory on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track this week at Atlanta. His previous two wins came at Vegas in the Kobalt 400 and Kentucky in the Quaker State 400.
Tony Stewart has decided to return to racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. The Aug. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the 1.54-mile oval will mark Stewart’s first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
On Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon is scheduled to make his 750th career Sprint Cup Series start.
Timothy Peters earned a top-10 finish at the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) last season, coming home eighth after starting from the 15th position.
German Quiroga has one previous start at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park where he finished 15th after qualifying 12th and led for three laps.
Blake Koch is back behind the wheel of the No. 44 Camry this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
After posting a 20th-place finish in last weekend's event at Bristol, Eric McClure is eager to get back behind the wheel of the No. 14 Camry for this weekend's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Mike Bliss will make his ninth NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will make its first and only stop of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway with the running of the Great Clips 300 Saturday night.
Regan Smith has three top-10 efforts in the five events at 1.5-mile facilities in 2014, bringing his season-long tally to six top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.
James Bickford, the 16-year-old driver of the Sunrise Ford Racing/Interstate Plastics Ford, is inching closer to the NASCAR K&N West Rookie of the Year title as the tour comes to Kern County Raceway Park for the Bakersfield 150 on Saturday.
In eight Nationwide Series starts, Elliott Sadler has one top-five and four top-10 finishes at Atlanta.
Despite finishing seventh in the 5-hour Energy 400 at Kansas, Danica Patrick has shown only minor improvement on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year. Her five-race average on this course type to date is 23.0 compared to a 26.7 in 2013.
One week after being a part of Roush-Fenway Racing’s sweep of the top 10 at Bristol, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hopes to help them sweep the top 15 at Atlanta. That would be his first such finish, but he missed last year by only one position—finishing 16th.