Following a high-speed, rain-delayed race at Chicagoland Speedway, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series continues its pedal to the metal Strategy at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday night in the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
Alex Bowman made his first Cup series victory a week and he has +1800 odds to repeat, but it’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski with chances of +700 who top the oddsboard.
Intertops has Logano and Keselowski since the favorites at +700 followed by Denny Hamlin in +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 at Daytona and Toyota has won three runnings during that interval, including the last two in a row, while Chevrolet has only two victories.
There has not been a repeat winner at this track since Jimmie Johnson did so from the two races at 2013. Denny Hamlin looks to become the most recent driver to perform it won the Daytona 500 in February.
Just once over the last 17 races in Daytona has got the winner started on the pole which was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2015. The average starting position for the driver who transported the checkered flag during the interval was 12.53.
Alex Bowman (+1800) picked up the first checkered flag of his Cup series career a week at Chicagoland and has had great qualifying rate at Daytona recently. He has begun first or second in each of the past three runnings in this track, but has completed 10th or worse, therefore until he will come across the exact same rate in the race, I’ll stay away.
Logano (+700) has had greater success during the Daytona 500 than he has at the midseason race at this track. From the 500, he has an average finish position of 13.28, including winning in 2015, but he has an average finish position of 21.2 in the July race, and it has crashed in each of the last two runnings.
Keselowski (+700) has had a series of terrible luck at Daytona lately, having crashed in four of the last five races but six races back in this track, he drove to victory lane. He’s five wins at Talladega, another restrictor-plate track, so he knows how to compete in those races. Look for him to be in the hunt Saturday night.
Kyle Busch (+1100) less a favorite sounds to be an automated wager, but Daytona has gotten the better of him for 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 endings there over the last 14 races, but he was the most runner-up in this year’s Daytona 500.
I have been evaporating Kevin Harvick (+1100) all season long since he hadn’t shown signs of his former dominant self until 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 at Daytona since switching to Ford in 2017 but he led multiple laps in three of these runnings. Assuming he keeps his nose clean, this could be a good place for Harvick.
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