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 earned his first Cup series victory last week and he’s +1800 odds to replicate, but it’s Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski with odds of +700 who top the oddsboard.
Intertops includes 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 10 races in Daytona and Toyota has won three runnings during that interval, 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 two races at 2013. Denny Hamlin looks to become the most recent driver to do it as he won the Daytona 500 in February.
Just 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 position for the driver who carried the checkered flag over the interval was 12.53.
Alex Bowman (+1800) picked up the first checkered flag of his Cup series career a week in Chicagoland and has had great qualifying rate at Daytona recently. He’s begun first or second in each of the past three runnings at this track, but has completed 10th or worse, so until he can find exactly the same rate from the race, I will stay away.
Logano (+700) has had greater success during the Daytona 500 than he’s at the midseason race at this course. From the 500, he has an average finish position of 13.28, for example 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 lately, having crashed in four of the past five races but six races back in this track, he drove to victory lane. He has 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) not as a favorite sounds to be an automatic wager, but Daytona has gotten the better of him most of his career. Busch won the July race in 2008, marking the only time he’s forced to victory lane at Daytona, and he’s only three top-five finishes there over the last 14 races, however he had been 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 evidence of his former dominant self until last week. He looked 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 at 2017 however he led multiple laps in three of those runnings. Assuming he keeps his nose clean, this could be a fantastic place for Harvick.
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