Following a high-speed, rain-delayed race at Chicagoland Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series continues its pedal to the metal Strategy in Daytona International Speedway this Saturday night in the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
Alex Bowman made his first Cup series victory last week and he’s +1800 chances to replicate, however, it’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski with chances of +700 who top the oddsboard.
Intertops includes Logano and Keselowski since the favorites at +700 followed closely by Denny Hamlin at +1000, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick in +1100 and Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and Clint Bowyer at +1400 to round out the top drivers on the oddsboard.
Ford has won five of the last 10 races in Daytona and Toyota has won three runnings during that interval, including the last two in a row, while Chevrolet has only two victories.
There hasn’t been a repeat winner at this course since Jimmie Johnson did so from the two races in 2013. Denny Hamlin looks to become the latest driver to do it won the Daytona 500 in February.
Only once over the past 17 races at Daytona has the winner started on the pole and that was Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 2015. The average starting place for the motorist who transported the checkered flag over that interval was 12.53.
Alex Bowman (+1800) picked up the first checkered flag of his Cup series livelihood a week at Chicagoland and has had good qualifying rate at Daytona recently. He’s started first or second in each of the last three runnings at this course, but has finished 10th or worse, therefore until he will come across the exact same speed from the race, I will stay away.
Logano (+700) has had greater success during the Daytona 500 than he’s in the midseason race in this track. From the 500, he’s an average finish position of 13.28, including winning in 2015, but he has an average finish position of 21.2 from the July race, and it has crashed in each of the past two runnings.
Keselowski (+700) has had a string of bad luck at Daytona lately, with dropped in four of the last five races but six races ago at this track, he drove to victory lane. He’s five wins at Talladega, yet another restrictor-plate track, so that he knows how to compete in these races. Look for him to be in the hunt Saturday night.
Kyle Busch (+1100) less a favorite sounds like an automatic bet, but Daytona has become the better of him for most of his career. Busch won the July race in 2008, marking the only time he’s driven to victory lane at Daytona, and he has just three top-five finishes there on the last 14 races, but he had been the runner-up in this season’s Daytona 500.
I’ve been evaporating Kevin Harvick (+1100) all season long since he hadn’t shown signs of his former leading self before last week. He seemed powerful at Chicagoland, leading 132 of the 267 laps, but ultimately finished 14th. Harvick has crashed in four of those five races in Daytona since switching to Ford at 2017 however he led multiple laps at three of those runnings. Assuming he keeps his nose clean, this may be a good place for Harvick.
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