NASCAR at Atlanta odds, picks 2019: Model says Jimmie Johnson surprises at Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

The 2019 Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 runs Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin will seem to follow up his historic win with another powerful performance. He is listed at 15-1 at the most current 2019 Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 odds, with the event’s defending champion, Kevin Harvick, installed as the Vegas favorite at 4-1. Harvick will start in 18th, but ended second from that place back in 2009 in Atlanta. Then there is Aric Almirola, who won the pole and is going off at 20-1 NASCAR in Atlanta chances. The restrictor plates will come off for this race, so before making your own 2019 Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 selections, be sure to check out the projected leaderboard and latest NASCAR predictions in the proven computer version at SportsLine.

Produced by DFS pro and SportsLine predictive data scientist Mike McClure, this proprietary NASCAR prediction computer model simulates every race 10,000 occasions, taking factors such as track history and recent results into consideration.

It made some huge calls in NASCAR last year, including nailing wins for Kyle Busch in Chicago and Martin Truex Jr. at Sonoma. And it is off to a solid start in NASCAR this season, calling Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin a leading contender from the beginning. Is way, way up.

McClure, with a mechanical engineering degree, grew up around race tracks. Events in iconic venues like Atlanta Motor Speedway are in his bloodstream. His model mimicked the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 a total of 10,000 times and the results were so surprising.

For the 2019 QuikTrip 500 in Atlanta, we can inform you the model is high on Jimmie Johnson, who surges towards the very top of the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 leaderboard despite going off as a 25-1 long haul.

The seven-time cup winner had a strong run last week at the Daytona 500, finishing ninth as a 43-year-old in his 19th year on NASCAR’s top circuit. Now he heads to a track where he has won five times in his career.

Johnson won the first two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway as soon as the event was changed from the latter part of this year to correct after Daytona. He also won the late race at Atlanta in 2004 and won both events there in 2007.

Johnson will begin in 11th on Sunday, and also the model expects NASCAR’s elder statesman to keep close to the front of the pack and supply the potential for a huge payout.

Another shocker from this version: Kyle Busch, one of the top Vegas favorites at 6-1, doesn’t even crack the top five.

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