|Kurt Busch has three Atlanta wins with two different manufacturers.|
The top speed at 188.450 mph continues an on-going trend from last season when the low down force package was introduced at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway. Hamlin finished third in both races while his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates won the races.
Should Hamlin win on Sunday, he would become just the sixth driver in NASCAR history to start the season with two straight wins.
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Micah Roberts' Top-10 Rated NASCAR Drivers
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 1:16 pm (ET)
Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualified Practice 2 *Kentucky '15
1. Kurt Busch 15/1 6th 1st 9th 10th
Three-time winner, the last in 2010; using Kentucky chassis that also finished fifth at Charlotte.
2. Jimmie Johnson 7/1 12th 19th 3rd 9th
Four-time winner, including last season; 11th-place average finish tops among all active drivers.
3. Denny Hamlin 8/1 23rd 12th 1st 3rd
2012 winner; looking to be sixth driver in NASCAR history to win two straight to start a season.
4. Matt Kenseth 8/1 11th 13th 11th 6th
No wins in 27 starts, but 10.2 average in past 20 is No. 2; 3.5 average in past two with Joe Gibbs.
5. Kyle Busch 7/1 10th 39th 6th 1st
Two-time winner, the last in 2013; his 2008 win was the first ever for Toyota in Cup series.
6. Kevin Harvick 5/1 22nd 6th 15th 8th
2001 winner in third career Cup start; using chassis that led 480 laps between four 2015 races.
7. Martin Truex Jr. 15/1 8th 9th 2nd 17th
Sixth last season, career-bestthird in 2013; transition to Toyota is much better than expected.
8. Brad Keselowski 8/1 9th 17th 17th 6th
Third-place in 2012, ninth last season; led 258 laps between the two downforce races in 2015.
9. Joey Logano 5/1 13th 26th 32nd 2nd
Fourth-place last year; has led 1,001 laps in past two seasons (24 races) on intermediate tracks.
10. Carl Edwards 12/1 21st 7th 21st 4th
Three-time winner, none since 2008; 11 top-10 finishes in 18 career starts; 12th in Gibbs debut.
Note: This is the first off 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
* Results from the July 11, 2015 race at Kentucky Speedway, the only race run on a 1.5-mile track using the new low downforce package that makes its 2016 debut at Atlanta.
Odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Super Book.
Micah Roberts, a former Las Vegas sports book director, has been setting NASCAR odds since 1994. Follow him on twitter @MicahRoberts7