The NASCAR Cup Series leaves the desert and heads back east looking to conquer Atlanta Motor Speedway this week. Chase Briscoe picked up the checkered flag last week at Phoenix Raceway and can be found 11th on the oddsboard this week while Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney are favored in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 odds.
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Online sportsbook Bovada has released the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 odds with Larson and Blaney listed at +900 to top the board. They are followed by Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano, all at +1200, to round out the top five drivers in the Atlanta Motor Speedway odds.
Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 Odds
|Martin Truex Jr.||+1400|
Odds as of March 17 at Bovada
Why Are Larson & Blaney The Co-Favorites In The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Odds?
It’s no surprise to see Larson as the chalk and he likely will be so for the majority of races this season. He is the reigning champion and is favored in the NASCAR Cup championship odds as well. At Atlanta, Larson hasn’t picked up a victory over eight career starts, but he does have two runner-up finishes, including last year when he led the most laps in the spring race, leading 269 of 325 laps.
The man he lost to in that race was Ryan Blaney, who picked up his first triumph at this track and now has three straight top-five finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Blaney is also coming off a fourth-place finish last week at Phoenix Raceway.
NASCAR Predictions This Week For The Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500
There is a lot of value for this week’s race with the two favorites at odds of +900. Normally, I provide three best bets but with plenty of value to be found, I’ve got four picks this week. Here they are:
Ryan Blaney +900: I rarely go with the favorite for a race but at 9:1 after picking up a win in this very race last year, I have to take a stab with Blaney. Furthermore, he has had three top-five finishes in a row at Atlanta and has led at least two laps in three of the last four runnings at this track.
Kyle Busch +1200: I’ve taken Kyle a couple of times this season and he’s looked quick but is struggling late in the races. He’s finished seventh or better in three of four races this year and has finished second in two of the last three races at Atlanta. In his 24 career starts at this track, he has eight top-five finishes, including two wins.
Kurt Busch +2000: The last man to conquer Atlanta Motor Speedway was Kurt Busch, leading 144 of the 260 laps. He has four career wins at the track and has finished inside the top 10 in 12 of the last 18 runnings. Kurt posted his first top-five finish of the season last week and at 20:1 is a great option.
Ross Chastain +2200: The long shot of my picks is Ross Chastain, based solely on this season. With the new car that NASCAR has introduced to make the field a lot more level and competitive, Chastain certainly has benefited with back-to-back podium finishes. He only had three other top-five finishes in his career so he looks comfortable in these cars and at some point this season may grab his first checkered flag.
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