NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series will make an early visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Sunday for the running of the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 in the second point race of the season. The green flag is set to wave at 10 am. (PT) and the race will be broadcast nationally on FOX.
Joey Logano kicked-off the new season with a bang by edging-out 2014 Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick and fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. in this past Sunday’s Daytona 500. I had Dale Jr. as my top valued favorite in that race at 9/1 betting odds.
The following is a look at my top valued favorite, contender and longshot to win Sunday’s race based on betting odds as provided by Sportsbook.ag.
Top Valued Favorite
Kevin Harvick has appeared to pick-up where he left off with a strong run in last Sunday’s race. He has been opened as a +600 co-favorite along with Jeff Gordon to cross the finish line first in this Sunday’s race and I love the value in those odds. This No. 4 race team has already proven it knows how to win races after taking the checkered flag five times in last season’s run to a title. One of those victories came in the second point-race of the season at Phoenix and Harvick has posted six top-10 finishes at Atlanta in his last eight Sprint Cup races at this track.
Top Valued Contender
Another driver that had a strong run at Daytona this past Sunday was Denny Hamlin with a fourth-place finish in The Great American Race. He has been opened at +1000 betting odds to finish first in the field in this race. This is another team that has carried over some strong form from last season after the No. 11 car finished third in the final 2014 Sprint Cup standings. It only had one victory on the year, but a strong performance in the Chase put this team in prime position to win a title heading into that final event of the year. Hamlin’s past performance at this track includes victory in 2012 and a third-place finish in last season’s race at this track, so keep this in mind when placing your sports picks.
Top Valued Longshot
Looking a bit further down the list, I have zeroed-in on Tony Stewart at +3000 odds. Last season was one to forget for Stewart, with a number of issues clouding his performance. However, he remains the type of veteran driver that should always be considered a viable contender to win whenever he gets behind the wheel. The No. 14 car only lasted 72 laps in last Sunday’s race, but I am taking a flyer on this team as my top-valued longshot this week given the favorable odds. A wreck took Stewart out of the race in his last run at Atlanta, but he won here in 2010 and followed that up with a third-place finish at Atlanta in 2011.
Betting Odds for other Notable Drivers
Along with Gordon’s +600 odds to win, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson have been listed next at +700. Logano and Matt Kenseth come in at +800 odds to win on Sunday and Carl Edwards rounds-out the group of top favorites at +900. Last year’s winner at Atlanta was Kasey Kahne and his odds to win again on Sunday are set at +1200. Dale Junior is also listed at +1200 odds to win this week.