The 2019 NASCAR schedule kicks into high gear Sunday Together with All the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The green flag drops at two p.m. ET for your 325-lap race along with 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 odds are Joey Logano and Kyle Busch, who both finished in the top four final week at the Daytona 500. Prior to making your 2019 QuikTrip 500 picks and NASCAR at Atlanta predictions, be sure to check out the projected leaderboard in the proven computer version at SportsLine.
Developed by DFS pro and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, this proprietary NASCAR prediction computer model simulates every race 10,000 occasions, taking factors such as track history and current results into account.
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It made some enormous calls in NASCAR this past year, such as nailing wins for Kyle Busch at Chicago and Martin Truex Jr. at Sonoma. And it is off to a solid start in NASCAR this season, calling Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin a top competition from the beginning. Anybody who has followed its picks is way, way up.
McClure, with a mechanical engineering degree, grew up around race tracks. Big events in iconic venues like Atlanta Motor Speedway are in his blood. His version mimicked the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 a total of 10,000 times and the results were so surprising.
For the 2019 QuikTrip 500 in Atlanta, we could inform you the model is top on Chase Elliott, who makes a strong run in the checkered flag despite going off at 10-1 odds. Elliott does not have a lengthy history at Atlanta, but he has had success there in all three of his starts at the track since joining the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He has finished inside the top 10 in each of those races and even earned a top-five finish in 2017.
Before joining NASCAR’s top circuit, Elliott had two top-five endings at Atlanta in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Elliott is a Georgia native and his father, Bill Elliott, won at NASCAR’s highest level at Atlanta Motor Speedway five times in his career, so it is something of a house track for its 23-year-old. The model anticipates him to ride that advantage to the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
Another shocker from the model: Kyle Busch, one of the top Vegas favorites at 6-1, does not crack the top five.
The 2019 Daytona 500 runner-up started on the rod in this race a year ago, but ended up finishing in seventh position. The year before, he had yet another fast ride in qualifying and started the race , but wound up in 16th.
Considering his win at Atlanta in 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 values within this affluent 2019 QuikTrip 500 lineup than the 6-1 premium you’ll need to cover him.
The model can be targeting three other motorists with 2019 NASCAR at Atlanta odds of 10-1 or even longer to make a serious run at winning everything. Anybody who backs these shots can hit it big.