“Welcome to Atlanta where the players play” as the song by Jermaine Dupri goes. It’s the second time the Cup series is at Atlanta this season but this time the track should drive differently than it did this Spring as the temps are hotter and typically that means a slicker, tougher to drive track. We saw them run here last year in June which is similarly hot weather but that’s really the only recent race to happen at AMS in the summer months as it was typically an early season track for the last decade-plus.

There are 260 laps around the 1.5-mile quad-oval for the Cup race and so laps led are in play this week as well as fastest laps, though the latter tends to be more spread out across the field than the former. In the last five...