Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/25/18
The 2018 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500: Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
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After an exciting Daytona 500 that came down to the last turn, we head to Georgia for the 2018 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. An event that debuted in 1960, this is the only race of the year that takes place in Atlanta. Last week, we were sitting pretty with three or four of our five drivers having a chance to win, but a last minute wreck ended things for us. Let’s get back in victory lane.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t released when this article was posted)
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Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson has failed to finish in the top-10 in each of his last seven events and was a non-factor last week in Daytona. But if there’s one event that could turn things around for Johnson, it’s this Atlanta race where he’s won it four times, including two of the last three years. Also, Johnson has finished fourth or better in five of his last eight appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It’s hard making a case for Johnson given his recent drop off, but wins are usually around the corner for him, and he’s dominated this event like none other recently.
Kasey Kahne - In over four years, Kasey Kahne has just one NASCAR victory under his belt and also struggled last week in Daytona. However, Kahne always likes performing in Atlanta, where he’s won this race twice and finished fourth last year. Kahne won this event in 2009 and 2014, and that doesn’t include his 2006 victory in the Golden Corral 500. Kahne also has a successful history of finishing nicely at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Xfinity Series. Kahne is somebody you can probably get with great odds, and he’s worth a play based on his history.
Martin Truex Jr. - I said last week putting together a card that doesn’t include Martin Truex Jr. is dangerous given his incredible consistency. Truex finished 18th last week, but he was in the thick of things yet again until a last minute crash knocked him out. If that crash doesn’t happen, Truex at the very least has 10 top-10 finishes in his last 11 races. Heading to Atlanta, Truex has finished eighth or better in five of his last six appearances. Truex’s first NASCAR race was at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2004, so this track has to be somewhat special to him. I’m including the 37-year-old on my card yet again.
Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin finished third last week in Daytona, meaning he has seven top-10 finishes in his last eight races. Hamlin has been one of the more consistent drivers dating back to late last season, and while he doesn’t have a great history in Atlanta, he did win this event in 2012 and has finished eighth or better in three of his last seven appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. You can do a lot worse than Hamlin this week.
Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson is another who probably thinks he could have done better last week after finishing 19th in Daytona. Larson has never won in Atlanta, but he has a history of nothing but consistency. One, Larson finished runner-up in last years Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, and he’s finished eighth or better in two of his four appearances on this track. Larson has five Xfinity Series appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and he finished in the top-10 every time. Larson also finished sixth in his only Atlanta appearance in the Camping World Truck Series. There’s clearly something about Georgia for the Cali kid.