The 2019 NASCAR Program kicks into high gear Sunday with the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The green flag falls at two p.m. ET for your 325-lap race and defending champion Kevin Harvick is the 4-1 favorite from the latest 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 chances. Falling in just supporting him with 6-1 NASCAR at Atlanta chances are Joey Logano and Kyle Busch, who both finished in the top four final week at the Daytona 500. Before you make your own 2019 QuikTrip 500 picks and NASCAR in Atlanta predictions, be sure to check out the projected leaderboard in the proven computer version at SportsLine.
Developed by DFS expert and SportsLine predictive information scientist Mike McClure, this proprietary NASCAR prediction computer model simulates every race 10,000 times, taking factors such as track history and current results into account.
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It made some huge calls in NASCAR this past year, including nailing wins for Kyle Busch at Chicago and Martin Truex Jr. in Sonoma. And it is off to a strong start in NASCAR this year, calling Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin a top contender from the start. Anyone who has followed its picks is way, way up.
McClure, with a mechanical engineering degree, grew up around race tracks. Big events at iconic places like Atlanta Motor Speedway are in his blood. His model simulated the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 a total of 10,000 times and the results were surprising.
For the 2019 QuikTrip 500 in Atlanta, we can inform you that the version is high on Chase Elliott, who makes a strong run at the checkered flag despite going off at 10-1 odds. Elliott doesn’t have a lengthy history at Atlanta, but he has had success there at all three of his starts at the track since joining the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He has finished inside the top 10 in every one of those races and even earned a top-five end in 2017.
Before joining NASCAR’s top circuit, Elliott had two top-five finishes at Atlanta at the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Elliott is a Georgia native and his dad, Bill Elliott, won at NASCAR’s highest level at Atlanta Motor Speedway five times in his career, so it’s something of a house track for its 23-year-old. The version anticipates him to ride that edge towards the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
Another shocker in the version: Kyle Busch, among the best Vegas favorites in 6-1, does not crack the top five.
The 2019 Daytona 500 runner-up began on the rod in this race a year ago, but ended up finishing in seventh place. The year before, he had yet another quick ride in qualifying and started the race in third, but ended up in 16th.
Since his win at Atlanta at 2013, Busch has just run 56.7 percent of his laps inside the top 15. For his career, he’s finished outside the top 10 in 13 of his 20 career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway. There are far better worth within this loaded 2019 QuikTrip 500 lineup than the 6-1 premium you’ll want to pay for him.
The version is also targeting three other drivers using 2019 NASCAR at Atlanta chances of 10-1 or even more time to make a serious run at winning everything. Anyone who backs these shots could hit it big.