The 2019 NASCAR Program kicks into high gear Sunday with All the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The green flag drops at 2 p.m. ET for your 325-lap race and defending champion Kevin Harvick is the 4-1 favorite in the latest 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 odds. Falling in just behind him with 6-1 NASCAR in Atlanta chances are Joey Logano and Kyle Busch, who both finished in the top four final week in the Daytona 500. Before you make your 2019 QuikTrip 500 picks and NASCAR in Atlanta predictions, be sure to have a look at 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 times, taking factors like 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’s off to a solid start in NASCAR this year, calling Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin a leading competition from the start. 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 bloodstream. Now his model mimicked 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 the version is high on Chase Elliott, making a strong run in the checkered flag despite heading off at 10-1 odds. Elliott does not have a long history at Atlanta, but he’s had success there in all three of his starts in the track since joining the Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He has finished within the top 10 in each of those races and even earned a top-five end in 2017.
Before joining NASCAR’s top circuit, Elliott had two top-five endings at Atlanta at the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Elliott is a Georgia native and his father, Bill Elliott, won at NASCAR’s highest level in Atlanta Motor Speedway five times in his career, so it is something of a house track for its 23-year-old. The version anticipates him to ride that advantage to the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
Another shocker from the version: Kyle Busch, among the top Vegas favorites in 6-1, doesn’t crack the top five.
The 2019 Daytona 500 runner-up started on the rod in this race a season before, but wound up finishing in seventh place. The year prior, he had yet another quick ride in qualifying and started the race in third, but ended 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 worth within this loaded 2019 QuikTrip 500 lineup compared to the 6-1 premium you will need to cover him.
The model can be targeting three other motorists with 2019 NASCAR in Atlanta odds of 10-1 or even longer to make a serious run at winning everything. Anyone who backs these lengthy shots could hit it big.
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