NASCAR weekend program, odds and choices
Following the road left and right of Road America last weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series returns south to Atlanta Motor Speedway in a week of contrast. While Road America is a long, undulating road, the re-profiled Atlanta track – even at just over a mile and a half – behaves much more like Daytona- or Talladega-like superspeedways.
Here’s everything you need to know for the Quaker State 400 weekend:
Weekend schedule and how you look
Fans in the US can watch parts of all sessions and races on the US network, US mobile app (requires cable or satellite subscription), NBC Sports app and Peacock platform. Radio coverage is available on Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM.
Qualification: Saturday, July 9 at 12.00 – 13.00 ET (Streamed from 11.30 on the NBC Sports app and Peacock; US coverage begins at 12.00; MRN, SiriusXM)
Quaker State 400: Sunday, July 10 at 15–18 ET (USA, MRN, SiriusXM)
Top drivers and best games for Quaker State 400
According to BetMGM, there is a wide open field. The best odds belong to Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney to +1000 each. Denny Hamlin and Atlanta spring race winner William Byron both have +1100 odds while Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Ross Chastain all sit at +1200 when they go into the weekend.
Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg looks at Martin Truex Jr. (+2200) and Alex Bowman (+2800) as good mid-tier value bets and say they should avoid Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (+2500).
Byron and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott together led 140 of the 325 laps in the March 500-mile race. Trackhouse Racing duo Chastain and Daniel Suarez were the second most successful team in the spring race, and came together to lead 55 laps and finished second and fourth respectively.
Atlanta Motor Speedway Features
The Hampton Georgia Speedway has been in operation for 62 years and has undergone two significant renovations, the last of which took place between the race in the summer of 2021 and the spring race. It involved restoring the infamous abrasive surface since the 1997 reconfiguration from a traditional oval to a four-oval, increasing the width of the corners and narrowing the path.
These changes encouraged faster, denser package runs and resulted in the introduction of restriction plates – a device that reduces top speed and is only used on Daytona and Talladega. With the herd gathered like this, on an unknown surface no less, the spring edition saw 11 warnings for 65 laps and only 25 of 37 cars completed the race.
Weather forecast for the Quaker State 400 weekend
Hot and humid with likely thunderstorms. Do not expect everything to go according to plan. With the Xfinity series in support this weekend, there are several sessions that could be delayed and push the schedule. Combine that with the fact that the March race took only four hours to complete, you may want to have it nice and cozy on the couch or sunbed you want on Sunday.