Georgia 500 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
The Pep Boys Auto 500 is the 7th race in the Chase to the Cup and is held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. The race at Atlanta has a lot of great history for NASCAR betting fans. In 2002 the race was moved to late October as NASCAR betting fans remember.
Last year the race time was changed so the race would end at night and that affected the auto racing betting. This year’s race for NASCAR betting fans is scheduled for Sunday, October 28th. NASCAR betting fans may want to know that there are 24 degrees of banking in the turns at Atlanta. NASCAR betting fans should be aware that Chevrolet has the most victories of any manufacturer at Atlanta with 34 wins.
The contenders at Atlanta and the focus of NASCAR betting players are the drivers in the Chase. Jimmie Johnson won in the spring at Atlanta and has eight top-10 and seven top-five finishes and is one of the NASCAR betting favorites. He has won twice at Atlanta previously. Jeff Gordon has 19 top-10 finishes, 12 top-five finishes and four victories at Atlanta. That should make him the NASCAR betting favorite this week. Tony Stewart won the Atlanta race in the fall of 2006 and was second behind Johnson earlier this season.
He has three wins and eleven Top-10 finishes at Atlanta so he is a threat in auto racing betting this week. Carl Edwards won in 2005 in both the Busch and Cup series races. He was in the Top 10 in the spring and could be an interesting choice in NASCAR betting. Kurt Busch has one win at Atlanta but his average finish is 22nd in 13 career starts so he will not be heavily bet in NASCAR betting. Denny Hamlin’s best finish at Atlanta is 8th. Martin Truex Jr. was 8th in his last start at Atlanta and that is his best finish in the race. Matt Kenseth has 15 starts at Atlanta and has eight top-10 and five top-five finishes. He could be a threat in NASCAR betting.
Kyle Busch is the only driver in the Chase without a top-10 finish at Atlanta and will not get much auto racing betting action. Jeff Burton’s best finish in the fall at Atlanta was back in 1998 when he was 4th. He does have 10 top-10s and five top-five finishes in 24 Cup starts at Atlanta. Kevin Harvick has two top-five finishes, one of which was a victory in 2001. He was 25th in the spring and his average finish at Atlanta is a poor 25th so he will not be heavily bet in NASCAR betting. Clint Bowyer has just three starts in Atlanta but was 6th in the spring so he could get a look in auto racing betting.