Logano set for back-to-back wins in Atlanta

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It seems like forever since we’ve had a race on a 1.5-mile track, but the last time was only June 28 at Kentucky, which was the fifth of 11 that will run on the season.

Only two races remain before the 10-race Chase starts. While there are some great races going on to see who will be among the final 16 drivers making it, the only thing that truly matters for betting purposes is who will win on Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

To get back into the mind frame of 1.5-mile tracks, let’s check up on how the first five races on them went this season.

The scoreboard so far reads: Penske Racing 3, everyone else 2. Brad Keselowski won at Las Vegas and Kentucky while Joey Logano won at Texas. Jeff Gordon won at Kansas and Jimmie Johnson took the checkers at Charlotte. Of those five tracks, Atlanta resembles its sister-track Texas the most.

Those four drivers, each with three wins apiece on the season, have been the big dogs all year. Dale Earnhardt Jr., also with three wins, is in that category as well with three top-5 finishes on the 1.5s this season. Kevin Harvick, with two wins on the season, finished second at both Kansas and Charlotte.

Last season at this time, we knew Joe Gibbs Racing drivers had the edge coming in as they had won four of the five previous races prior to Atlanta. On race day, Kyle Busch continued that JGR run by winning at Atlanta. Chances are we will see a similar scenario this week with the Penske drivers being the two to beat.

Last season, Logano finished second in this race. He comes in fresh off his Saturday night win at Bristol and should be primed to get his fourth win of the season this week.

Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas race and sports book director, one of The Linemakers on SportingNews.com , and longtime motorsports columnist and sports analyst at GamingToday. Follow Micah on Twitter @MicahRoberts7 Contact Micah at [email protected].

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