Quaker State 400 Race Preview and Pick

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Martin Truex Jr., of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, Denny Hamlin, of the #11 Craftsman Toyota, and Kurt Busch, of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Cup Series. Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP.

Top sportsbooks have released their betting odds for this week’s upcoming race, the Quaker State 400.

Read here for all of the information that you need to know for this upcoming event plus a breakdown of how you should approach the race as a bettor.

NASCAR Cup Series: Quaker State 400

Sunday, July 10, 2022 – 03:00 PM EDT at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Kwik Trip 250 Recap

The Kwik Trip 250 took place last week at Road America. This race was all about Tyler Reddick and Chase Elliott. Throughout most of the race, Reddick positioned himself among the leading drivers, but Elliott was there to challenge him until the latest parts of the race. In fact, at first, it was looking like Elliott would be the day’s better driver.

Elliott could have arguably won the first two stages of the race, but long-term strategy motivated him to pit at times that were antithetical to his chances of winning those early stages. 

With both drivers dueling each other, Reddick began gaining the upper hand at Lap 46. Ultimately, he pulled away for his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in 92 tries. Reddick’s victory positioned him at ninth in the playoff standings. Elliott, despite failing to win, remains atop the standings after finishing second.

Why Tyler Reddick Will Not Win the Quaker State 400

Because it is difficult and rare to win back-to-back races in the NASCAR Cup Series, we can exclude Reddick from our list of candidates to win this race.

Quaker State 400: General Info 

This week, the Quaker State 400 takes place in the vicinity of Atlanta; Hampton is about a 45-minute drive from Atlanta.

Unlike the NASCAR Cup Series’ most recent races, the Atlanta Motor Speedway is a historically eminently familiar host for NASCAR’s active drivers.

For this race, drivers must complete a total of 260 laps. As has almost always been the case, there will be three stages for this race.

  • Stage 1: 60 laps.
  • Stage 2: 100 laps.
  • Stage 3: 100 laps.

Entry List for the Quaker State 400

As usual, an entry list for this week’s upcoming race has already been posted. On this entry list, 36 teams/spots out of a possible 40 have been filled.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we already know which drivers will compete at this event. We may expect all the usual suspects here.

Starting Lineup 

  • For this race, the starting lineup will get determined via qualifying.
  • Qualifying will be single-vehicle, one-lap, and two-round.
  • It will take place on Saturday, the day before the race, from 11:35 AM to 01:00 PM.

No practice session has been scheduled for this race. None should be needed because of the extent to which this track is already familiar to active NASCAR drivers.

Atlanta Motor Speedway: Track Info 

Despite being familiar to NASCAR drivers, Atlanta Motor Speedway will be new in some meaningful respects. This track has been repaved and somewhat reconfigured.

In accomplishing this reconstruction project, NASCAR officials are seeking to make the best possible combination of a superspeedway and an intermediate track.

Superspeedways are generally thought of as longer tracks because drivers, when cruising on longer straightaways, will have more time to increase their speed.


Atlanta’s quad-oval track is intermediate in length, however. It is 1.54 miles per lap.

So, by completing 260 laps, drivers will have amassed 400.4 miles.


The banking at this track has been increased, which will encourage greater speeds as drivers use banking to corral more momentum for their vehicles.

Now the turns here are banked at 28 degrees while the straights are banked at 5 degrees.

Drivers to Avoid

Denny Hamlin

Despite achieving more strong performances since the middle of May, Denny Hamlin is not worth investing in for this race.

Historically, he is too hit-or-miss at the track. The stark inconsistency with which he succeeds here renders him unreliable.

Joey Logano

Moreover, Joey Logano appears unreliable on Sunday. In general, he has been hit-or-miss in most recent starts.

In Atlanta, however, he has failed to break the top 10 in four of his last five tries. He finished ninth in the one exception.

NASCAR Betting Picks and Prediction

With my betting picks, I recommend investing in two drivers, at half a unit each, because drivers with strong recent track records in Atlanta have attractive odds attached to them.

  • Kurt Busch has finished top-nine in seven of his last eight races in Atlanta.
  • Martin Truex Jr. has nine straight top-nine finishes here.

For the above reasons, bet on both drivers to win for your best bets.

NASCAR Pick: Kurt Busch Outright (+1800) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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NASCAR Pick: Martin Truex Jr. Outright (+2000) at Bovada

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