This weekend, NASCAR Cup Series heads to Georgia, Atlanta for the 2022 Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500. It will mark the fifth race of the 2022 season and the first on the brand-new Atlanta Motor Speedway, which was rebuilt, repaved, and reconstructed ahead of this season.
With a new track, the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 will present new challenges to the drivers, who will look to claim the checkered flag and take one step closer to the playoffs.
But since the upcoming race will take place on a new track, we must remember that all the past records are completely irrelevant, so if you’re looking for a good form guide, past performances at Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 might not be as useful as comparing the driver’s form on other, similar track to the new-look Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
The Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 will take place on Sunday, March 20, at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which has undergone quite a significant reconfiguration ahead of the 2022 season. The track has now been turned into a quasi Superspeedway, with all the features you would expect to see in one, so we have to treat it as such.
Then the bookmakers seem to have taken note of that, seeing how NASCAR betting odds for this weekend are set as if the race was a Superspeedway, with no driver priced below +1000. Moreover, all the information or betting information we have on this track and the drivers who drove in Atlanta before is completely useless, meaning that the past winners here might not be as successful this weekend.
Nevertheless, it hasn’t stopped us from finding solid NASCAR picks, as there are ways to figure out which drivers might do well on Atlanta’s new track. Here is everything you need to know about the 2022 Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500, who are the main candidates to win, and who should you bet on for the next round of the NASCAR Cup Series.
Past Five Winners
- 2021 – Ryan Blaney
- 2020 – Kevin Harvick
- 2019 – Brad Keselowski
- 2018 – Kevin Harvick
- 2017 – Brad Keselowski
- Time, Day: Sunday, March 20, 3:00 PM EDT
- Location of the race: Atlanta, Georgia
- Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway
QuikTrip 500 Betting Analysis
Ryan Blaney Could Do Well
Even though we shouldn’t put too much weight on the recent results at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the defending champion here, Ryal Blaney, is the main favorite to deliver on the new track. And that’s completely fine.
Blaney is known to do well on Superspeedways and has already shown good form this season. He was phenomenal in Phoenix, where he led 143 laps of 321 and finished the race in fourth. Admittedly, he did not win, but Blaney had the fastest car of the day and had his chances to claim the checkered flag, and perhaps he would have had his put crew performed better.
Moreover, Blaney drove well at Daytona earlier this season (4th-place finish) and had chances to win but was blocked by his own teammate. Blaney has yet to win a race this season and has managed only 18th in California and 36th in Las Vegas. However, if you take a closer look at his showings at Daytona and in Phoenix, he was clearly one of the top performers in the field.
Chase Elliott Chasing His First Win Of The Season
Chase Elliott has yet to win a race this season, nor has he come close once across the opening four. Still, he has two top-10s from Daytona (10th) and Las Vegas (9th), which is still decent, granted he could only manage 26th in California and 11th in Phoenix.
Many sports betting guides will tell you to steer clear of Elliott for this race due to his iffy form this season, but realistically, he wasn’t too shabby over the weekend. And he only looked kind of off at WISE Power 400 where he placed 26th.
Let’s not forget that Elliott is the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion and has strong figures at Daytona, Kansas, and Charlotte, which are all similar tracks to the new Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Bubba Wallace Usually Delivers On Superspeedways
The Atlanta Motor Speedway technically isn’t a Superspeedway track, but we have to treat it as such with the recent changes. So if you’re looking for solid NASCAR picks, you have to look at drivers who perform well on Supers.
We expect Bubba Wallace to fly under the radar for this race, and not many betting guides will want to mention him simply because Wallace is not one of the top drivers. And even though he definitely isn’t someone who you would expect to deliver week after week, you should have higher expectations for Wallace when NASCAR visits a Superspeedway track – or in this case, a track that is very similar to one.
Superspeedways are Wallace’s best tracks by a wide margin, and you don’t have to look far to confirm that. Of his 13 career top-10 finishes, nine have come at superspeedways, while his only career win happened at Talladega last year.
QuikTrip 500 Betting Trends
Since the 2022 Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 will take place on a new track, there are no news, data, or trends to go over, as all previous data we have is irrelevant. But there are a few things to know.
The new Atlanta Motor Speedway is similar to Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, Kansas, Auto Club, and Las Vegas. The sportsbooks set the odds as if this was a Superspeedway race, which it technically isn’t but has all the features of one.
QuikTrip 500 Betting Preview
Due to the new track layout, changed bankings, and new pavement, it’s tough to say how this one will play out. But given its characteristics, we can expect drivers who do well on Superspeedways to deliver on Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Many names pop up when we take a look at the drivers that meet that profile but based on the current NASCAR betting odds, we found only a few that offer some value. As with any other Superspeedway, it’s tough to predict who will win the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, as there are many variables to take into account.
Still, we’re ready to take a swing with Bubba Wallace as our main pick.
QuikTrip 500 Betting Prediction
Bubba Wallace’s name likely won’t be featured in many sports betting guides for this weekend race, and there are good reasons for that. He is by no means one of the top contenders to win the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, nor is he one of the top drivers in the field.
Moreover, he hasn’t been great at intermediate-type tracks in the past, so you could question his ability to deliver in Atlanta. But the increased banking and more throttle time should benefit Wallace’s aggressive style of driving.
Prediction: Bubbal Wallace to win