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 the 325-lap race along with defending champion Kevin Harvick is the 4-1 favorite in the most current 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 odds. Falling in just behind him with 6-1 NASCAR in Atlanta odds are Joey Logano and Kyle Busch, who both finished in the top four last week at the Daytona 500. Prior to making your 2019 QuikTrip 500 selections and NASCAR in Atlanta predictions, be sure to have a look at the projected leaderboard in the proven computer version at SportsLine.
Produced by DFS pro and SportsLine predictive information engineer Mike McClure, this proprietary NASCAR prediction computer model simulates every race 10,000 occasions, taking factors like track history and current results into account.
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It made some huge calls in NASCAR last year, such as nailing wins for Kyle Busch in Chicago and Martin Truex Jr. in Sonoma. And it is off to a solid start in NASCAR this year, calling Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin a top competition from the beginning. Anybody who has followed its picks is way, way up.
McClure, who has a mechanical engineering degree, grew up around race tracks. Big events at iconic venues like Atlanta Motor Speedway are in his blood. Now his model 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 version is top on Chase Elliott, making a strong run in the checkered flag despite heading off at 10-1 odds. Elliott doesn’t have a long history at Atlanta, but he’s had success there at all three of his starts at the track since joining the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He’s finished within the top 10 in every one of these races and even got 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 dad, Bill Elliott, won at NASCAR’s highest level in Atlanta Motor Speedway five times in his career, so it’s something of a house monitor for the 23-year-old. The version expects him to ride that edge towards the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
Another shocker in the model: Kyle Busch, among the top Vegas favorites in 6-1, doesn’t even crack the top five.
The 2019 Daytona 500 runner-up started on the rod in this race a season ago, but wound up finishing in seventh position. 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 only run 56.7 percent of his laps within the top 15. For his career, he has finished outside the top 10 in 13 of his 20 career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway. There are far better worth in this loaded 2019 QuikTrip 500 lineup than the 6-1 premium you’ll want to pay for him.
The model is also targeting three other drivers using 2019 NASCAR in Atlanta odds of 10-1 or even more time to make a serious run at winning it all. Anyone who backs these long shots can hit it big.
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