We’re hitting our first repeat track and it doesn’t feel like it was too long since we were here last time. We saw Kyle Larson dominate the entire day last time only for Ryan Blaney to come to life late in the race and take away his chance at a win. 

This will be the last trip we have to the “old” Atlanta. Immediately following this race they will begin the reconstruction on the track. This will be the third time that Atlanta gets a new makeover in the modern era. Fans have been clamoring for the original Atlanta to come back, but we’ll see if this new layout ends up outdoing both previous versions.

With this being our last trip to our current Atlanta, and drivers have been vocal about their displeasure with this change coming, this race could be interesting. I think drivers will either be motivated to put on a great show to prove to the sanctioning body that they don’t need to change anything. Or more than likely, this could be a stinker out of spite.

Favorite: Kyle Larson

The most vocal driver, Kyle Larson is the most likely candidate to stink up the show. With his strong feelings on the track changes, he’ll be motivated out of spite to just do what he did last time, but finish the job.

Larson will have the speed and the know-how to dominate once again, but now can learn his lesson and not use his equipment up. He’ll be set up better to be able to keep his car fast through the entirety of the race. I’ll be utterly shocked if Kyle Larson doesn’t win on Sunday.

Dark Horse: Chris Buescher

After finishing 7th here last race, this was the race where fans began to think Roush might be making a comeback. At one point, Buescher even worked his way up into first place without the help of strategy or cautions. He was able to wheel his car to first using their raw speed.

If they bring the same car and setup, they have a great shot at recreating their success. If they can improve on that car, it gives Buescher a longshot chance at pulling off an upset win this week. His record at Atlanta is solid so this wasn’t just an out of nowhere finish, he has a realistic shot at this.


High-End Picks:

  1. Kyle Larson: $12,000
  2. Chase Elliott: $9,800
  3. Denny Hamlin: $ 9,600
  4. Kyle Busch: $10,300
  5. William Byron: $10,000

Mid-Tier Picks:

  1. Joey Logano: $8,800
  2. Chris Buescher: $8,600
  3. Austin Dillon: $7,900
  4. Tyler Reddick: $7,100
  5. Daniel Suarez: $7,700

Low-End Picks:

  1. Bubba Wallace: $6,300
  2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: $6,600
  3. Erik Jones: $6,900
  4. Michael McDowell; $5,900
  5. Cole Custer: $6,700

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