NASCAR DFS: Folds of Honor 500
This weekend the Folds Of Honor 500 rolls off at Atlanta motor speedway. The 1.54 mile qual oval track can be a little tricky so knowing the track and having history is never a bad thing. We will see 325 laps totaling 500 miles with 3 stages. Like Texas and Charlotte which, are similar tracks, we may not see a lot of wear on the cars and tires.
1.54 Miles 4 turns 325 Laps
Stage 1 Lap 85
Stage 2 Lap 85
Stage 3 Lap 155
Past Winners of the 500
B Keselowski 2017
J Johnson 2016
J Johnson 2015
DRIVERS TO BUILD AROUND
Brad Keselowski ($9,200)- Last year Brad was a big favorite to win the Daytona 500 and was taken out in a wreck. The following week at Atlanta he punched his ticket to the playoffs with a win. 2018 seems to be starting the same way he was the all out favorite to win at Daytona and got wrecked, can the past repeat this year? He has 3 top 10’s in the last 3 races here with a win.
Kevin Harvick ($10,100)- Kevin has only won here once and that was way back in 2001, but recently has been very dominate. In the last 6 races here he has led 835 total laps, with 5 top 10 finishes in those 6 races. Harvick starts 3rd and can easily get out early and lead a ton of laps.
Jimmie Johnson ($8,800)- At only $8,800 Johnson is a steal with him starting from the 22nd spot. Jimmie is a 5x race winner here and back in 2015 he won this race from the 37th spot. In the last 8 races here he has 5 top 5 finishes. Look for Jimmie to grab those place differential points today.
Drivers to consider
Martin Truex Jr ($10,400)- Truex is the most expensive driver this weekend and for good reason, last year he was the king of intermediate tracks. This week he is only being considered, reason being he will be without his crew chief and will start from the rear of the field. His car failed inspection yet again. In the last 6 races here he has had 5 top 10 finishes, but doesn’t really lead a ton of laps.
Chase Elliot ($9,500)- Talk about a storyline, Elliot will be returning the famed #9 this weekend back to his family at his home track. Elliot rolls off from the 27th spot this weekend and will be pushing hard to get to the front. With only 2 races here he has 2 top 10 finishes.
Kurt Busch ($8,200) Busch is really not Mr consistent, you really don’t know what Kurt Busch you will get week after week. Atlanta could be an exception he has always run well here. In the last 8 races here he has 5 top 5 finishes. He does start 7th this weekend which scares me a little bit, little to high but with his past here he has to be considered.
Darrell Wallace Jr ($6,300) Darrell has a great run at Daytona and kept the #43 car clean all day and put himself in a spot to win the Daytona 500. He rolls off 19th this weekend and looks to carry the Daytona Momentum to Atlanta. He finished 6th in the Xfinity race here last year and finished 11th at Kentucky last year which is a similar track when he filled in for Almirola
Kasey Kahne ($6,600) Being on a new team this year we really don’t know what to expect from Kahne this year. He does have good history here at Atlanta, and could be a very low owned wild card this weekend. He won this race back in 2014 and finished 4th here last year.
Beeline Statistical Buzz (* Extra stats to take into consideration for lineup buildings)
Driver Ratings @Daytona
Kevin Harvick 132.9
B Keselowski 110.5
M Truex Jr 109.9
C Elliott 105.2