NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Odds

NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Odds

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NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington

Betting Favorite: Kyle Busch +600, Denny Hamlin +600

Busch won the 2019 NASCAR Cup. But Kyle hasn’t won at Darlington since May 10, 2008. That’s a string of 11 straight losses. The closest Kyle has gotten to taking home a trophy was in 2018.

Busch finished second after starting third. Last year, he finished third after starting thirty-third. Kyle’s average finish at Darlington is 9.5.

Of the two chalks, Hamlin is the better choice. Denny has won twice at Darlington. He last won in 2017. Denny also has 3 second-place, a third-place, and a fourth-place finish. Hamlin’s average finish at Darlington Raceway is 6.1. That’s the best of any NASCAR driver.

If you want to go chalky, back Hamlin over Busch. But why go chalky at all? A couple of other drivers project to have great runs in NASCAR’s first real race after the pandemic.

Smart Betting Pick: Kevin Harvick +700

Kevin Harvick offers +700 compared to +600 for the faves. He’s got as much of a shot as Hamlin to win and a much better shot than Busch.

At Darlington Raceway, Harvick averages a 7.6 finish. He’s crossed the finish line fifth or better in 6-of-7. The one time Kevin didn’t finish fifth or better in the last seven races at Darlington, he finished ninth.

Harvick won the 2014 race at the South Carolina racetrack. He’s secured a couple of fourth places finishes the last couple of years. For three years running, Kevin Harvick has finished third in the NASCAR Cup Standings.

One of the best drivers at NASCAR will want to show he’s ready for the season to resume. That means taking the checkered flag at Darlington May 17.

Long Shot Pick: Erik Jones +1800

Like Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones drives for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin, Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. are the top drivers.

Erik is a close fourth. When it comes to Darlington Raceway, he’s better than the other three. Jones has never finished worse than eighth in three races at Darlington. He finished fifth in his first try. Erik finished eighth in his second try.

Jones’ third try was the charm. Erik won last year’s race at Darlington. Expect Jones to perform much better than the odds imply. Erik Jones is an overlay worth backing to win NASCAR’s first race back.

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship Odds & Picks

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship Odds & Picks

The race for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup starts this weekend. The odds to be NASCAR’s top racer are out. If you are undecided on who to bet on to win, keep reading for my analysis on the favorite, smart and longshot picks to win 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship.

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship Odds & Picks

  • Kyle Busch/Kevin Harvick +550
  • Martin Truex Jr/Kyle Larson/Chase Elliott +750
  • Brad Keselowski/Joey Logano +850
  • Ryan Blaney +1100
  • Clint Bowyer/Erik Jones +1700
  • Jimmie Johnson +2000
  • Denny Hamlin +2300
  • Aric Almirola +2650
  • Kurt Busch +2750
  • Daniel Suarez +4400
  • Alex Bowman +4500
  • William Byron +6600
  • Austin Dillon +7000
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr +9000
  • Paul Menard +10000
  • Ryan Newman +27000
  • Daniel Hemric +29000
  • Ryan Preece +95000
  • Matt DiBenedetto/Chris Buescher +175000
  • Darrell Wallace Jr +185000

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship Betting Favorite: Kyle Busch +550

Every year, Kyle Busch is the favorite to win the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup. Heading into last year’s NASCAR Playoffs, Busch looked like the sole winner. He won 3 races in a row during the year: Ft. Worth, Bristol, and Richmond, and then picked up wins at Charlotte, Chicago, and Pocono.

Heading into the NASCAR Playoffs, it looked like Busch might easily take it. After all, he had dominated the regular season and had a chance to start the playoffs at Richmond, the site of one of his regular season wins.

Busch didn’t disappoint, taking the checkered flag at Richmond. He’d win another race during the 10-event NASCAR Playoffs, at Martinsville, the third race before Homestead. But, that’s where it came apart.

The NASCAR Playoffs is a 16 driver tournament where the 4 drivers compete only against each other at Homestead to win the Cup. Busch finished behind Joey Logano. Is he worth a look at +550? Actually, yes, he is. But, backing Busch at those odds requires you to have faith that he’ll drive his best throughout the entire NASCAR Playoffs, even at Homestead. Tough odds to swallow when you think about it that way.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship Smart Pick: Erik Jones +1700

Erik Jones finished 15th in the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs. The only driver he beat was Alex Bowman. Let’s not worry about that because Jones is one of the few drivers at NASCAR with enough upside to win the 2019 Monster Energy Cup.

Jones might not have fared well in the final 10 races of the 2018 season. He should fare well this year. Jones’ rookie season was in 2017. In 2018 he was still learning. One of the things he did was win a race while he also finished in the Top 5 in 9 races and in the Top 10 in 18 races.

Joe Gibbs Racing expects a lot out of Jones in 2019. Fellow Joe Gibbs driver Kyle Busch will get the press, but Jones and his crew could be the ones to pay attention to this NASCAR Season. At the odds, he’s worth a long look.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship Longshot Pick: Jimmie Johnson +2800

Jimmie’s last Monster Energy Cup win wasn’t all that long ago. JJ took home the trophy in 2016. It was his 7th NASCAR Cup Championship. Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus, and powerful Hendrick Motorsports had a terrible 2018, though.

Jimmie didn’t win a single race. Not only that, he was a no-show for the NASCAR Playoffs. JJ could turn around his fortunes in 2019. Out is the legendary Knaus. In is Kevin Meendering. Meendering won the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season title as a crew chief.

Meendering brings a different perspective to Jimmie’s team. Rick Hendrick, the man behind Hendrick Motorsports, knows what he’s doing. If he’s pairing his best driver with Meendering, he’s got a plan. Don’t be surprised if Jimmie Johnson takes this year’s NASCAR Playoffs.

2018 Daytona 500 Odds & Picks

2018 Daytona 500 Odds & Picks

What if the NFL season began with the Super Bowl?

That is what the Daytona 500 is for NASCAR and it all goes down this weekend. The 60th running of the Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway is this Sunday afternoon.

The first race in the Monster Energy Chase for the Cup routinely brings out the best in every NASCAR driver. The favorite is Brad Keselowski at +800. Can anyone beat him? Who is the smart pick? Can a longshot take the checkered flag?

Odds & Picks to Win the Daytona 500

What: 2018 Dayton 500 
When: Sunday, February 18, 2018
Start Time: 2:30 PM ET
Where: Daytona Beach, Florida
Stadium: Daytona International Speedway
Watch: FOX Sports 
Stream: Fox Sports Go

The 2018 Daytona 500 Betting Favorite: Brad Keselowski +800

Keselowski starts in ninth position in Duel 1. If Keselowski can steal away the pole, he’ll be an even bigger favorite than +800 to win the Daytona 500 this Sunday on Feb. 18. The less than double-digits on Keselowski are a cause for concern. He’s never won the Daytona 500 before. He did start seventh in the 2017 Daytona 500. An accident forced Keselowski into a twenty-seventh place finish.

There’s all sorts of reasons to believe Keselowski shows up and drives well on Sunday. Although those reasons are valid. They’re not exactly valid to the tune of 8 to 1. The odds are simply too short on the Daytona 500 favorite for a bet. 

The 2018 Daytona 500 Smart Pick: Kevin Harvick +1200

Harvick starts fourth in Duel 2. There’s no reason to believe one of the best drivers in NASCAR doesn’t parlay the fourth place start in Duel 2 to a Top 10 start in the Daytona 500. Harvick has never won the Daytona 500. He did finish second in 2015. He also finished fourth in 2016. At last year’s Daytona 500, he started fifth and finished in twenty-second place after a crash.

Things could set up perfectly for Harvick on Sunday. He’s ready to win the most famous race on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup circuit. If he grabs a great starting position for Sunday’s race, I believe he’s the one to beat. Harvick’s due to finally win the Daytona 500.

The 2018 Daytona 500 Longshot: Ryan Newman +5000

There are all sorts of reasons why Ryan Newman won’t win the Daytona 500. Since winning the race in 2008, Newman’s best finish has been fifth. That happened back in 2013. Since 2013, he’s finished twenty-second, thirty-eighth, and eleventh. He finished in twenty-first place last year.

But, Newman has a shot to secure a decent starting position in the Daytona 500. He starts eleventh, a spot off Brad Keselowski, in Duel 1. If Newman can manage a Top 10 starting position for Sunday’s race, he could be in line to take home another Daytona 500 trophy a decade after his first.

The Complete 2018 Daytona 500 Odds

  • Brad Keselowski +800
  • Denny Hamlin +1000
  • Joey Logano +1200
  • Kevin Harvick +1200
  • Chase Elliott +1200
  • Kyle Busch +1200
  • Kyle Larson +1200
  • Ricky Stenhouse +1400
  • Martin Truex Jr. +1400
  • Jimmie Johnson +1400
  • Erik Jones +2200
  • Clint Bowyer +2200
  • Kurt Busch +2500
  • Ryan Blaney +2500
  • Jamie McMurray +2500
  • Alex Bowman +2800
  • William Byron +2800
  • Aric Almirola +3300
  • Daniel Suarez +3300
  • Trevor Bayne +4000
  • Austin Dillon +4000
  • Ryan Newman +5000
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. +5000
  • Paul Menard +6600
  • Kasey Kahne +6600
  • Ty Dillon +8000