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Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/28/16

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500: Prediction, Odds, Pick

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500: Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Atlanta Motor Speedway)

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TV: FOX

After including Denny Hamlin in our article last week at +1100 odds, we now hope to go two for two to kick off Nascar season. This week we head to Atlanta for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. A 325-lap track, this course has provided us with some memorable races over the years.

Here are some racers to consider throwing onto your card this week.

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/28/16

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Note: There were no odds listed at the time this article was published.

Jimmie Johnson - Let’s get Jimmie Johnson out of the way early, as he’s the defending champion at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. In fact, Johnson is one of seven drivers to win this course at least three times. Johnson really likes racing in Hampton, as he has four top-five finishes in his last six races. Johnson has also finished no worse than 16th in his last five races overall. I look for Johnson to be in the running for another victory on this track he likes so much.

AJ Allmendinger - Another driver who really likes Atlanta is AJ Allmendinger, who has an average finish of 11th place since 2010. Allmendinger had a seventh-place finish at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 last season and a 10th-place finish in Atlanta back in 2011. Allmendinger has also been on the cusp of having a breakout performance, as he’s finished 20th or better in four of his last eight races and even led a lap last week in the Daytona 500. I think there’s potential for a second Sprint Cup victory for Allmendinger in the cards sooner or later. I’ll take a shot this week with Allmendinger as one of my dark horses.

Aric Almirola - Aric Almirola doesn’t have a long history of competing on the Atlanta Motor Speedway, but he does have a ninth-place finish in 2014 and a 11th-place finish last season. That sounds like a top-10 average to me the last two years when racing in Atlanta. Overall, Almirola has been extremely consistent over the last year or so, as he’s finished 18th or better in 14 of his last 17 races. That includes a solid 12th place finish last week in the Daytona 500. If there’s some Nascar stock you want to buy, I’d suggest Almirola, who is bound to get more than just one Sprint Cup victory under his belt. Almirola will be a solid bet this week.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch finished third in the Daytona 500 and actually led 19 of the 200 laps before Denny Hamlin got the victory for Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch now has five straight top-five finishes dating back to last season. As for the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Busch finished fifth in 2010, sixth in 2012 and won the event in 2013. Busch didn’t participate in this race last season due to injury. With Busch’s current form and the fact he’s won this race before, you have to like his chances to once again be in the running for victory lane.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski didn’t have a great showing at the Daytona 500 with a 20th-place finish, but he still does have six top-10 finishes in his last eight races. Hard to ignore that stat. Also, since 2011, Keselowski has three top-10 finishes at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, which includes a ninth-place finish last season and a third-place finish in 2012. Keselowski usually always provides value in his odds, and I think that will be the case once again this week.

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