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 has +1800 odds to replicate, but it is Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski with odds of +700 who top the oddsboard.
Intertops has Logano and Keselowski since the favorites at +700 followed by Denny Hamlin at +1000, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick at +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 ten races in Daytona and Toyota has won three runnings over that span, including the last two in a row, while Chevrolet has just 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 appears to become the latest driver to do it won the Daytona 500 in February.
Just once over the last 17 races in Daytona has the winner started on the pole and that was Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 2015. The typical starting place for the motorist who transported the checkered flag over that span was 12.53.
Alex Bowman (+1800) picked up the first checkered flag of his Cup series career last week in Chicagoland and has had good qualifying speed at Daytona recently. He has begun first or second in each of the past three runnings at this course, but has finished 10th or worse, so until he will come across exactly the same rate from the race, I’ll stay away.
Logano (+700) has had better success throughout the Daytona 500 than he has in the midseason race in this track. From the 500, he has an average finish position of 13.28, including winning in 2015, but he’s an average finish position of 21.2 from the July race, and it has crashed in each of the last two runnings.
Keselowski (+700) has experienced a string of bad luck at Daytona lately, with crashed in four of the past five races there, but six races back in this track, he drove to victory lane. He has five wins at Talladega, yet another restrictor-plate monitor, so he knows the way to compete in those races. Look for him to be in the search Saturday night.
Kyle Busch (+1100) not as a favorite sounds like an automated bet, but Daytona has gotten the better of him most of his career. Busch won the July race in 2008, marking the only time he has driven to victory lane at Daytona, and he’s just three top-five finishes there on the past 14 races, but he had been the runner-up in this year’s Daytona 500.
I’ve been evaporating Kevin Harvick (+1100) all season long since he hadn’t shown evidence of his former dominant self until last week. He seemed powerful at Chicagoland, leading 132 of the 267 laps, but finally finished 14th. Harvick has dropped in four of those five races at Daytona since switching to Ford in 2017 however he led multiple laps at three of those runnings. Assuming he keeps his nose clean, this may be a fantastic spot for Harvick.
Read more: https://sportsnewsplex.com/spreadex/