Following a high-speed, rain-delayed race at Chicagoland Speedway, the Dragon 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 earned his first Cup series victory last week and he has +1800 chances to replicate, but it is 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 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 leading drivers on the oddsboard.
Ford has won five of the last 10 races at Daytona and Toyota has won three runnings over that span, including the last two in a row, while Chevrolet has just two victories.
There has not been a repeat winner in this course since Jimmie Johnson did so in the 2 races at 2013. Denny Hamlin appears to become the most recent driver to perform it as he won the Daytona 500 in February.
Only once over the past 17 races at Daytona has the winner started on the pole which was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2015. The average starting place for the motorist who transported the checkered flag over the interval was 12.53.
Alex Bowman (+1800) picked up the first checkered flag of his Cup series livelihood a week in Chicagoland and has had good qualifying speed at Daytona recently. He’s begun first or second in each of the past three runnings in this course, but has finished 10th or worse, therefore until he will come across exactly the exact same rate in the race, I’ll stay away.
Logano (+700) has had better success during the Daytona 500 than he has in the midseason race in this course. In 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 experienced a series of terrible luck at Daytona recently, with dropped in four of the last five races but six races ago at this course, he drove to victory lane. He has five wins at Talladega, yet another restrictor-plate monitor, so that he knows how to compete in those races. Look for him to be in the hunt Saturday night.
Kyle Busch (+1100) not as a favorite seems to be an automatic wager, 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 only three top-five finishes there on the last 14 races, however he was the runner-up in this season’s Daytona 500.
I’ve been evaporating Kevin Harvick (+1100) all season long as he had not shown signs of his former leading self before last week. He seemed strong at Chicagoland, leading 132 of the 267 laps, but finally finished 14th. Harvick has crashed in four of those five races in Daytona since switching to Ford in 2017 but he led multiple laps in three of these runnings. Assuming that he keeps his nose clean, this could be a good spot for Harvick.
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