NASCAR has been running races in Atlanta since 1960, and this weekend’s Quaker State 400 will be the 116th Cup Series race to be held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The Cup Series standings are as tight as they’ve ever been, with Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Ross Chastain within 35 points of each other. The betting odds for this week’s race are also as tight as they’ve ever been, with four drivers listed as co-favorites and a total of 10 drivers playing odds of less than +2000.
Favorites to Win Quaker State 400
- Chase Elliott (+1000)
- Denny Hamlin (+1000)
- Ryan Blaney (+1000)
- William Byron (+1000)
- Ross Chastain (+1200)
- Bubba Wallace (+1400)
- Joey Logano (+1400)
- Kyle Busch (+1400)
- Kyle Larson (+1400)
- Tyler Reddick (+1800)
Chase Elliott is your current Cup leader, and he’s naturally one of the co-favorites to win at Quaker State 400. He finished second on Sunday at Road America, following up his win in Nashville to close out the month of June. Elliott has never won in Atlanta in eight career starts, but he has finished top-10 in five of those races.
Denny Hamlin hasn’t been very good since the summer months started, with only one top-10 finish in his last four starts. But he does have two wins on the season, and in two of his last four starts in Atlanta, he finished top-five.
Closing out the top-10 Quaker State 400 favorites is Tyler Reddick, who is coming off the win on Sunday at Road America. The reason Reddick isn’t higher on the favorites board this week is that his win on Sunday was his first of the season, and it follows an 18th place finish at Nashville and a 35th place finish at Sonoma. In the March race in Atlanta, he finished 28th.
Value Bets to Consider
Give Kurt Busch a closer look for this race. He’s 18th on the betting board, paying +2500. The reason there is value here is because Busch is the Quaker State 400 defending champion. At the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, also run at Atlanta, he finished third. And just two weeks ago, he was the runner-up in Nashville.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is also paying +2500, and that is also very good value for a driver who should be in the mix in the final laps of the Quaker State 400. He’s an excellent plate track driver, which is what Atlanta has become after its redesign.
He’s twice a winner on such tracks – one at Talladega and one at Daytona – and at the race in Atlanta in March, he was battling for the lead on lap 201 when he unfortunately wrecked. He led for 22 laps that Sunday.
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