Atlanta 500 Preview (Spring) – Our Picks

Tamhas Woods

The Daytona 500 once again ripped up the formbook and threw it into the smouldering fires of Hades. After living for so long in his title-winning brother’s shadow, Kurt Busch won the event to become the first driver in this autumn’s playoffs.

Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 Preview Image
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Meanwhile, a second place finish for Ryan Blaney represents a perfect start to life in Fantasy NASCAR Group B for the #21 driver. Along with fellow promoted driver Chase Elliott, Blaney was a popular Group C pick in 2016, and once more figures prominently in the roster as we focus on the second race of the season. Our Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 preview will give you an insight into the best picks.

Group A – Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 Preview & Picks


With top speeds of up to 200 miles ph expected in Sunday’s race, Atlanta predominantly favours the experienced and composed. For those traits, look no further than Dale Earnhardt Jr, who missed any chance of glory last season, suffering a lengthy layoff due to concussion.

Because of this, combined with his crash at the Daytona 500, many will be reluctant to include Earnhardt even in the Group A reserves. However, racing spirit courses through his veins, so expect a strong performance!

In the reserve berth, we have reigning champion Jimmie Johnson. People in competitive Fantasy NASCAR leagues will typically save the most versatile and experienced driver in the field for later races. He won last year’s corresponding event.

Group B


After strong openers, Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott deserve the starter berth on merit and little further explanation is needed. In the reserve berths we have Austin Dillon and Jamie McMurray, both of whom are popular picks.

For those with a passion in Fantasy NASCAR, the selection of Dillon and McMurray provides some degree of insurance against a points swing.

Form Guide

2-36 FG

Atlanta Flashback

Having gleaned some pearls of wisdom from our Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 preview, get into the spirit of the event with this classic Atlanta spring meet from 2005! It was looking rosy for Jimmie Johnson, but the recently-retired Carl Edwards stole it on the final lap!

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