Logano, Keselowski Share Best Odds to Win Coke Zero Sugar 400
Adhering to 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 at the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
Alex Bowman made his first Cup series victory a week and he has +1800 odds to replicate, however, it is Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski with odds of +700 who top the oddsboard.
Intertops includes Logano and Keselowski as the favorites at +700 followed closely by Denny Hamlin in +1000, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick at +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 at this course since Jimmie Johnson did so from the two races in 2013. Denny Hamlin appears to become the most recent driver to do it as he won the Daytona 500 in February.
Just once over the past 17 races in Daytona has got the winner started on the pole which was Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 2015. The average starting place for the motorist who carried the checkered flag during the interval was 12.53.
Alex Bowman (+1800) picked up the first checkered flag of his Cup series career last week at Chicagoland and has had good qualifying rate at Daytona recently. He’s started first or second in each of the past three runnings at this track, but has finished 10th or worse, so until he can come across the exact same speed from the race, I’ll stay away.
Logano (+700) has had greater success during the Daytona 500 than he’s 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’s 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 string of bad luck at Daytona lately, with dropped in four of the past five races but six races ago at this course, he drove to victory lane. He has five wins at Talladega, yet another restrictor-plate track, so that he knows the way to compete in those races. Start looking for him to be in the search Saturday night.
Kyle Busch (+1100) not as a favorite seems like an automated bet, but Daytona has become the better of him 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 just three top-five endings there over the last 14 races, but he had been the most runner-up in this season’s Daytona 500.
I have been fading Kevin Harvick (+1100) all season long since he had not shown evidence of his former dominant self before last week. He seemed strong at Chicagoland, leading 132 of the 267 laps, but ultimately finished 14th. Harvick has dropped in four of those five races at Daytona since switching to Ford at 2017 but he led multiple laps in three of these runnings. Assuming he keeps his nose clean, this may be a good spot for Harvick.
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