Books Betting on Harvick to Win NASCAR Folds of Honor 500
The latest event in NASCAR’s Cup Series, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be broadcast this Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. A Virtual Tailgate at 1:45 p.m. will set the pace, and Kevin Harvick looks like the one to beat.
There’s nothing like the thrill of the race, the roar of the crowd.
Well, you can’t have everything.
NASCAR’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will go off at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. ET. But for this race, the stands that once held up to 125,000 cheering fans will be silent as the tombs.
We leave it to you, race fans—is this fun, or just plain weird?
Anyway, if we don’t have fans, at least we have cars and drivers on the famous 1.5-mile oval. This is the latest event in NASCAR’s Cup Series. It will be broadcast worldwide on FOX and PRN, and supports Folds of Honor, an organization that provides scholarships for the spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members.
The books agree that Kevin Harvick is the favorite, but second-place seems to be a tossup between Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott.
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Here are our odds to beat, and bet:
- Kevin Harvick. Harvick—aka “The Closer”—finished in the Top 10 in 11 of his last 13 starts at Atlanta, but he’s only won twice in 29 tries, the last time in 2018. Over his last five Atlanta runs, Harvick finished second, sixth, ninth, first and fourth.
- Kyle Busch. The 2015 and 2019 Cup champion has racked up a lot of records: most wins in a season across the Top 3 NASCAR series, most Xfinity Series wins in a season (13, in 2010), and most overall wins (97). He’s the only driver in history to have 50+ wins in the Top 3. Enough said.
- Brad Keselowski. Bristol winner Keselowski, the new No. 1 in this week’s NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings, has five Top 10 finishes in Atlanta, with two wins and three consecutive second-place showings.
Then there’s the pride of Mayetta, New Jersey, Martin Truex Jr. (l). The 2017 NASCAR Cup champ has been winless in 21 starts at AMS, but had seven Top 8 finishes in his last eight turns, and posted a second-place finish in 2019. Plus, he’s a hometown favorite, and in New Jersey, that goes a long way.
If you think the no-fans thing is a downer, this part is fun—QuikTrip will host a Virtual Tailgate before the race, starting at 1:45 p.m. You can join online, following a link that QT will share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“We know the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will look and feel different this year,” said QuikTrip spokeswoman Mendi Parker, “but it’s important … that we continue to engage with the fans and give them an experience in lieu of the traditional race activities this year.”
The Virtual Tailgate will be co-hosted by Folds founder Lt. Col. Dan Rooney and emcee Gordo Grant. It will feature interviews with NASCAR drivers Austin Dillion and Daniel Suárez, an exclusive video from NASCAR all-star Kurt Busch, musical performances by country music stars John Rich and Lindsay Ell, an online auction, and a Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 aerial flyover.
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So, what the heck. No fans, no problem. At home, you can bring in a bunch of friends to provide the soundtrack through their protective masks. Or download an MP3 file of people screaming their fool heads off (you know, like in the toilet paper line at Walmart).
Here’s how the odds shake out at WilliamHill.com:
- Kevin Harvick 7-2
- Chase Elliott 6-1
- Kyle Busch 13-2
- Brad Keselowski 13-2
- Alex Bowman 15-2
- Joey Logano 15-2
- Martin Truex Jr. 8-1
- Denny Hamlin 12-1
- Ryan Blaney 15-1
- Jimmie Johnson 18-1
- Kurt Busch 20-1
- William Byron 30-1
- Erik Jones 30-1
- Clint Bowyer 40-1
- Matt DiBenedetto 60-1
- Matt Kenseth 60-1
- Tyler Reddick 60-1
- Aric Almirola 75-1
- Ryan Newman 100-1
- Austin Dillon 125-1
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 125-1
- Christopher Bell 200-1
- Cole Custer 200-1
- John Hunter Nemechek 300-1
- Chris Buescher 300-1
- Bubba Wallace 750-1
- Ty Dillon 750-1
- Ryan Preece 1000-1
- Daniel Suarez 2000-1
- Garrett Smithley 2500-1
- Quin Houff 2500-1
- Reed Sorenson 2500-1
- Michael McDowell 2500-1
And here’s hoping we can get back soon to the way we were.