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Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500: Power Rankings

Kurt Busch is a fast track master

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Race Information

Race: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500
Laps: 325
Date: March 21st at 3:00pm
Venue: Atlanta Motor Speedway
2020 Winner: Kevin Harvick (3:30:03)
Network: Fox

Track

Atlanta Motor Speedway — Opened in 1960, this 1.54 mile quad-oval track is among the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The track distance and shape are commensurate with Charlotte Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. It underwent a few renovations including nearly rebuilding the track in 1997 and switching the front-stretch with the backstretch. It should be a fast racing with some dirt coming up on the track. There are grooves along the track and familiarity is almost as important as success in higher speed tracks

NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Favorites

Kevin Harvick (second selection this year) — Doubling down on Harvick who finished 6th last week at Phoenix. He has two wins at Atlanta over the last three years and a TON of top 10 finishes, he is your lock.

Martin Truex Jr. (second selection this year) — Fresh off a win, Truex comes to Atlanta where he’s landed among the top 10 each year going back to 2015. To top that off, last year he was in the top ten in all three Charlotte races and one of the two Texas races. He clearly has a solid car to run with currently.

High Risk/High Reward

Kurt Busch (first selection this year) — Busch has had some ups and downs this season. He started with top ten finishes in the 2nd and 3rd race this season at Daytona and Homestead but after the he finished 19th at Las Vegas and 15th at Phoenix. He should find comfort at Atlanta where he has landed among the top eight each of the last five races.

Ryan Blaney (second selection this year) — Since the start of 2020, Blaney has become one of the best fast circuit drivers in NASCAR. Finishing 4th at Atlanta last year (up from 22nd in 2019 and 12th in 2018), he also landed among the top 10 in three Charlotte races and both Texas races. After starting this season with a 15th place finish at Daytona and 29th at Homestead, he finished among the top 10 in Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The Dark Horse

Tyler Reddick (second selection this year) — Reddick fared well during the 1.5 mile quad oval tracks last year landing among the top 15 in all three Charlotte Races, both Texas races and falling just outside the top 15 at 16th. He’s not started the best this season with a 38th at Daytona (accident) and a 22nd and 29th at Las Vegas and Phoenix to go along with a strong 2nd place finish at Homestead.

Fun Fact: Team Penske and Stewart-Hass Racings have combined to win every race here over the last four years. Kevin Harvick is currently on Stewart-Hass and Ryan Blaney is currently on Team Penske


2021 Results
Favorite: Avg Finish 12th (30th Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Avg Finish 16th (39th Percent)
Dark Horse: Avg Finish 19th (48th Percent)