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Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 - Mar. 5
By: Staff Writer - StatFox
Published: 3/2/2017  at  4:53:00 PM
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Sunday, Mar. 5 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, GA

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After a chaotic Daytona 500, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Last week, Kurt Busch was the guy that emerged victorious in “The Great American Race”. Busch will now look to win the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 for the second time in his career. He won it back in 2002, but that was obviously a very long time ago. The guy that has really dominated this race is Jimmie Johnson. Johnson has won the QuikTrip 500 four times in his career, which is tied for the most of any driver all time. It’s also good for the best number amongst active drivers. For those wondering which team has found the most success at Atlanta Motor Speedway, look no further than Hendrick Motorsports. They have won this event nine times, and they have also had a driver win each of the past three races here. Chevrolet, meanwhile, has been the most successful manufacturer in this event, as the winner has been behind the wheel of a Chevy 23 times in this race. The next best make is Ford, which has had 16 victories at the QuikTrip 500 but none since 2008.

Jimmie Johnson - Johnson had a forgettable Daytona 500 last week, as the superstar only finished in 34th. He was part of a 16-car wreck in that one, and will be hoping to have better luck on Sunday. He should have just that, as Johnson will be heading to one of his favorite tracks. As previously mentioned, Johnson has won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 four times in his career. A win on Sunday would cement him as the best driver ever to race in this event, and he will definitely want to earn that title.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch was also involved in a wreck at the Daytona 500, and he came out and ripped Goodyear tires afterwards. Still, expect those tires to work just fine for Busch on Sunday. He is one of the best drivers in the Monster Energy Cup Series, and he has had some success here in his career. Busch won this race back in 2013, and he did so in impressive fashion. He’ll now hope to notch his second ever win in this event, and is worth taking a shot on to do so.

Kasey Kahne - Kasey Kahne was able to avoid the wreck last week, and he ended up finishing in seventh at the Daytona 500. It was a good start to the season for Kahne, who should be more than excited to get out there for the QuikTrip 500 on Sunday. Kahne is one of the best active drivers in this event, as he was the last non-Jimmie Johnson driver to win this race. Kahne won it in 2014, and he also won it back in 2009. He should be worth a flier on Sunday too.

Danica Patrick - If you’re looking for somebody that might really pay off then that could be Patrick. Patrick drove extremely well at last week’s Daytona 500, but the 16-car wreck ultimately took her out. Patrick ended up finishing 33rd, but that is not indicative of the way she drove. Had she not gotten taken out then there was a good shot that Patrick was going to finish inside the top five. Her car looked very good in that race, and she just might be worth taking a shot on in this one.

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