Adhering to 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 at the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
Alex Bowman earned his first Cup series victory last week and he’s +1800 chances to repeat, 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 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 interval, including the last two in a row, while Chevrolet has just two victories.
There has not been a repeat winner in this track since Jimmie Johnson did so in the 2 races at 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. in 2015. The typical starting place for the driver who carried the checkered flag over the span was 12.53.
Alex Bowman (+1800) picked up the first checkered flag of his Cup series livelihood last week in Chicagoland and has had good qualifying rate at Daytona recently. He has begun first or second in each of the last three runnings in this track, but has finished 10th or worse, therefore until he can find the exact same speed in 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. 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 from the July race and has dropped in each of the last two runnings.
Keselowski (+700) has experienced a series of bad luck at Daytona lately, having dropped in four of the last five races there, but six races ago at this course, he drove to victory lane. He’s five wins at Talladega, another restrictor-plate track, so he knows the way to compete in those races. Start looking for him to be in the search Saturday night.
Kyle Busch (+1100) less a favorite sounds like an automated bet, 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’s driven to victory lane at Daytona, and he’s just three top-five endings there on the last 14 races, however 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 leading 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 the five races in Daytona since switching to Ford in 2017 but he led multiple laps at three of these runnings. Assuming he keeps his nose clean, this may be a fantastic place for Harvick.
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