NASCAR Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Race Preview & Odds

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 13, 2020 in

The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series travels to Atlanta Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile high-banked layout for Sunday’s race, where we will see the top racers in the NASCAR scene duke it out for the title of Honor QuikTrip 500 champion. The fifth race of 2020 season is set to begin on Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 PM ET. Let’s see how the NASCAR odds will be for the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

NASCAR Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Race Preview & Odds

Throughout the first four races of the season, we have seen three different race packages, which ushered the level of competitive racing parity, which we haven’t seen in a long time. So far only three drivers have won at least one race, while 17 drivers have at least one top-five.

For the Sunday’s race, drivers will use the same 550 horsepower race packages seen twice before this season at Fontana and Las Vegas, which makes predicting the outcome of the race slightly easier, given that there is already data gained from those two races.

Looking back at Las Vegas and Fontana races, Hendrick Motorsports’ drivers looked very fast and it’s clear that their Chevy body design had made huge progress from 2019. While Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott were the fastest in the team, all four drivers looked more than capable of winning the race.

Last year, we saw Brad Keselowski claim the checkered flag, with Martin Truex Jr. at second and Kurt Busch at third. The most successful driver at Atlanta Motor Speedway out of all active drivers is Jimmie Johnson with five wins and 14 top-5s, with Kurth Busch at second with three wins and Harvick, Kyle Busch and Keselowski at third with two wins apiece.

Drivers to watch out for in the NASCAR Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500:

Brad Keselowski

NASCAR Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Odds: +550

In 11 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski pocketed two wins, four top-5s, seven top-10 finishes and has an average finish of 15.1. It’s also worth noting that besides two wins over the past three seasons, Brad Keselowski also claimed one runner-up finish with two different race packages, effectively making him one of the most dangerous drivers ahead of the Sunday’s race.

What’s more, he has led with most laps in six of his last seven starts here and had seen some great results in Last Vegas and Fontana, where he finished seventh and fifth respectively. Considering the race package as in Las Vegas and Fontana will be in Atlanta, Keselowski should be capable of producing yet another solid result.

Kyle Busch

NASCAR Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Odds: +650

Kyle Busch was the first Toyota driver to win at Atlanta back in 2008 and won his second race in 2013. Although he failed to repeat his success since then, K. Busch still pocketed a seventh-place finish in 2018 and ended 2019 race at a respectable sixth place.

In his 21 starts, K. Busch has two wins, five top-5s, and eight top-10 finishes. His average finish at this track is at 14.4 and has a drivers rating of 92.7. The odds offered on Busch are fairly generous in our books, given that he has already finished as a runner-up at Fontana with the same race package. Additionally, he will surely have the added motivation to push for a top finish here, considering he is shockingly enough (still) without a win throughout the first four Cup races.

Chase Elliott

NASCAR Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Odds: +750

Chase Elliott will hope he can claim the checkered flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway, something he failed to do in four starts so far. Although he only raced here a couple of times, Elliott has already pocketed a top-five finish and three top-10s. The Georgia-born driver is also Atlanta’s active leader with an impressive 10.5 average finish.

It goes without saying Elliott will have the biggest fan support out of all drivers this Sunday, which should help him perform slightly better. Back in Las Vegas he led for 70 races and won the first two stages. He followed his strong performance in the City of Sin with a fourth-place finish in Fontana and if he can translate his form into this weekend, Elliott just might be set for his first Cup win of the season, and what better way to achieve that feat than on the hometown track?

Alex Bowman

NASCAR Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Odds: +800

Alex Bowman looked solid at both Las Vegas and Fontana and it seems like this race package suits his style. At Fontana, Bowman dominated and claimed the checkered flag after leading a race-high 110 laps. Arguably, he should have also won in Las Vegas as well, where he was the fastest down the stretch before a late pit sequence prevented him from passing for the lead.

While Bowman failed to produce any notable results at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he has an average finish of 23.2 and no top-10 finishes, his performance at both Fontana and Las Vegas is enough for us to believe he is more than capable of contesting the top spot this weekend.

NASCAR Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Conclusion

All four drivers have a genuine chance of winning the race and it’s incredibly difficult to pick them apart. Chase Elliott is statistically the best driver at this track and will enjoy the added advantage of fans’ support, while Alex Bowman is hard to ignore from the betting standpoint, considering he is priced as high as 9.00 (+800) to go the distance.

Then there’s Brad Keselowski, who has by far the best record at Atlanta Motor Speedway over the last three races, and Kyle Busch, who is bound to win a race sooner or later and with his solid placements in Las Vegas and Fontana, it’s hard to ignore his chances in Atlanta.

The best long-shot bet, however, is Jimmie Johnson (21.00/ +2000), who is the active leader at Atlanta with five wins, 14 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s in 28 Cup starts. This will be his last race at one of his best tracks and with strong performances at Las Vegas (5th), and Fontana (7th), he should be considered by anyone looking to make a wager.