NASCAR Preview: 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Odds and Predictions

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 after an exciting race weekend at Phoenix as Joey Logano captured his second win of the season. Logano is once again among the drivers leading the top of the odds list heading into the race weekend.

Logano may have won in Phoenix, but a few of my drivers had great finishes. Kevin Harvick finished second, Kyle Busch was third, Kyle Larson finished 4th, and Chase Elliott placed 7th. You can read my FanShield 500 article for more information.

 


2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Race Info

Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia

Type: 1.54-mile, 24° banked turns

Race Distance: 325 laps / 500.5 miles

Defending Winner: Brad Keselowski

TV/Radio: Fox / MRN


 

There are two things to remember about racing in the ATL – tires and gas mileage. The surface in Atlanta is old and eats tires. Drivers love it and crew chiefs hate it.

Also, the track is known for being one of the few gas mileage races that are exciting. You never know when a car will drain the gas tank during the closing laps.

 


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As for manufacture stats; Ford has won the last three races in a row in Atlanta with Chevrolet winning the three prior. You have to go back to 2012 and 2013 for the last two Toyota victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Picks for the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Kurt Busch +2200

I rarely dive down into the +2000 range for a pick, but Kurt Busch is worth a look.

One thing that seems to have stayed the same with Busch as he’s moved from team to team and changed manufactures, is his ability to race at Atlanta.

The elder Busch brother is second behind Kevin Harvick for laps led with 803, he has three wins at the track and he’s done it while driving a Dodge, a Chevrolet, and a Ford.

In the last ten Atlanta races, he’s finished in the top-ten eight times.

Chase Elliott +700 

There are plenty of reasons to like Chase Elliott in Atlanta. First, it’s his family’s home track. The siren at the Dawsonville Firehall will sound when an Elliott wins a race. It’s an Elliott version of Auburn fans rolling a tree when the Tigers win.

Also, he’s raced at the track as a Cup Series driver four times, has three top-ten finishes, one top-five, and has never had a DNF. Plus, he and his fellow Chevrolet drivers look much stronger than in seasons past.

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Kevin Harvick +400

Kevin Harvick comes in at +400 at Atlanta where he has won twice. He won here in 2018 with his other checkered coming in 2001.

I know, that’s several years apart for wins at a venue and probably is not the best indicator. But there are a few other statistics to consider! He’s raced at the track 29 times in the Cup Series and only has four DNF’s. He also has 8 top-five and 14 top-ten finishes.

Here’s the big stat for Harvick, he has 1,197 laps as the leader in Atlanta. If you’re wondering why he’s not won the last five or more races at Atlanta with those numbers? Just remember what I said about the track surface, tire wear, and gas mileage! Those outliers could ruin the day for anyone.

Others I Like to Win the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson: Ryan Blaney started the season with a second-place run at Daytona but has slid back to a 37th run last week at Phoenix where he suffered a DNF because of another driver wrecking. Blaney has consistently run upfront but his finishes have been lacking.

Among active drivers, Johnson has the most wins at Atlanta in the Cup Series. He has five wins, 14 top-five and 16 top-ten finishes. Atlanta would be a great place for him to add to his number of NASCAR Cup Series wins which is currently sitting at 83 checkered flags.


2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Odds*

Kevin Harvick                      +400

Joey Logano                       +650

Kyle Busch                         +700

Brad Keselowski                +700

Chase Elliott                       +700

Martin Truex Jr                   +750

Alex Bowman                     +800

Ryan Blaney                       +900

Kyle Larson                        +1200

Denny Hamlin                    +1600

William Byron                    +2200

Kurt Busch                        +2200

Jimmie Johnson               +2200

Erik Jones                        +3500

Aric Almirola                    +6000

Clint Bowyer                    +6000

Matt Dibenedetto             +6600

Tyler Reddick                  +8000

Christopher Bell              +10000

Cole Custer                     +15000

Ricky Stenhouse Jr         +15000

Chris Buescher               +20000

Ross Chastain                +20000

* Note: Ross Chastain will once again be the replacement driver for Ryan Newman following Newman’s wreck at Daytona.

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·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

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