Tony Stewart is the story of the weekend.
Stewart will run his first race since that tragic accident nearly a month ago. The fact he runs will capture headlines, but that might only be the beginning of the conversation.
A Surprising Number:
The driver with the best average finish among active drivers at Atlanta is…..Tony Stewart.
Stewart has three wins at the track and 10 finishes of 5th or better in 26 career starts at the track. Stewart also needs a win to make the Chase. What if Stewart wins Sunday night? Would Nascar even let Stewart in the Chase? What if Stewart makes a run like 2011?
Stewart will cause a scene Sunday before he ever runs a lap. Imagine if he runs 500 miles and competes. Twitter might explode.
Mess At The Top:
Those making the odds don’t have any idea who will win. There are four favorites. Two seem to have a great chance. Jeff Gordon has five career wins at Atlanta; Jimmie Johnson has three. Both are 6/1.
Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski are also 6/1. Harvick has one career win at the track. Keselowksi has never won here and only finished fifth or better once in his entire Atlanta career name.
Names To Remember:
Joey Logano runs well at big open tracks, has a ton of momentum and is 8/1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth are both among the top five in terms of average finish and can be had at 10/1. Kasey Kahne needs a win to make the Chase and has two career wins at Atlanta. He’s 15/1.
Then there are Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards, who each have three wins at Atlanta and are Chase secured. Busch is 15/1. Edwards is 30/1. Either could reclaim their glory and help Sprint Cup takes take advantage of some surprising Nascar odds.
Truth be told, it doesn’t really matter who wins Sunday. Tony Stewart is the story. It could be even bigger if he wins. Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up. Enjoy the long weekend, and may the Nascar odds be in your favor.