With once race in the books, we head to Atlanta for the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, an event that debuted in 1960 and is the only race of the year to take place in Georgia. It was a rough Daytona 500 that finished with a trillion wrecks, but we landed the winner in the end with Denny Hamlin cashing at +1200 odds. We finally got last season out of the way. Yahoo! Let’s get a streak going.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card.
Kevin Harvick, +420 - Kevin Harvick didn’t perform well last week in Daytona, but that’s three straight years of finishes outside of the top-20, so I’m not concerned about it. Harvick won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 last year and has finished in the top-10 in 11 of his last 14 appearances overall at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Few drivers have been as consistent on this course as Harvick over the years. There are also 15 drivers who have won this race at least twice, so history is on your side for a possible repeat.
Jimmie Johnson, +2700 - Those who followed along last year know the constant battle I have with Jimmie Johnson, a the guy doesn’t win races anymore but the value is still there most weeks. It’s been a while since Johnson has tasted victory lane, but he showed promise last week with a top-10 finish and has finished in the top-10 in four of his last 10 races, which can be considered progress. Johnson has won this race four times and has finished no worse than fourth in five of his last nine appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Could this be the end of a serious drought? Can Johnson finally make us some money?
Joey Logano, +625 - Joey Logano had his chances to win Daytona last week but was forced to settle for fourth place. Logano has now finished fifth or better in six of his last eight races and has top-10 finishes in 12 of his last 15 races. Logano has never won in Atlanta, but he has finished sixth or better in four of his last six appearances. In his last four appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Logano is averaging a seventh place finish. His current form and recent history in Atlanta suggests Logano will be in the thick of things yet again.
Erik Jones, +2200 - I gave out Erik Jones as a big dark horse last week at +2200 odds, and he finished third. Jones continues to get very little respect from oddsmakers, despite him now finishing fourth or better in four of his last eight races. Jones has finished outside of the top-10 in his two appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, but this play is simply based off oddsmakers underrating the young driver and him always in contention for a victory. Until the bookies catch on and improve those odds, Jones should be considered for your card every week.
Kyle Busch, +625 - Kyle Busch finished runner-up last week at the Daytona 500 and has now finished fourth or better in five of his last six races. Busch won the Atlanta race back in 2013 and has finished seventh or better in five of his last eight appearances overall. In his last three trips at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Busch is averaging a finish of 8.6. Busch has also won countless races in Atlanta in both the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Xfinity Series. There’s a lot to like this week with last week’s runner-up.