Saturday, February 27, 2016

Final Atlanta Driver Ratings: 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Kurt Busch has three Atlanta wins with two different manufacturers.
LAS VEGAS -- Denny Hamlin followed up his Daytona 500 win by laying down the fastest lap during Saturday's final practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

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  

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