NASCAR heads to Daytona again for the Coke Zero 400. The race takes place on Saturday, July 2nd. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the 6 to 1 NASCAR betting favorite. His fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson is the 9 to 1 second choice along with Denny Hamlin, who won the Daytona 500 in February. Keep reading for more information on Dale Jr. as well as info on my smart bet and longshot bet to win the Coke Zero 400.
A Closer Look At My NASCAR Coke Zero 400 Expert Picks
What: NASCAR Coke Zero 400
When: Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
Start Time: 7:45 PM ET
Where: Daytona Beach, FL
Track: Daytona International Speedway
The Favorite To Win The NASCAR Coke Zero 400: Dale Earnhardt Jr. +600
He’s considered the best driver at the restrictor plate tracks. He’s won 10 races over restrictor plate tracks. 4 of those 10 wins were at Daytona. Plus, he won the Coke Zero 400 last year in 2015. Dale Jr’s a deserving favorite. But the odds are much too low for NASCAR bettors to bite. I know that I’m not going to. He’s won 1 race this year. That was the Can-Am Duel 1, which is meaningless to the Chase. I’m looking elsewhere.
The Smart Bet To Win The NASCAR Coke Zero 400: Kyle Busch +1200
Busch has been tearing it up at restrictor plate tracks this year. He finished third at the Daytona 500. He finished second at Talladega. He’s done an excellent job of staying out of wrecks this year as well. Kyle B. is ranked 1 in the Sprint Cup Standings. I think the odds are tremendous on a driver who figures to be close enough to the lead, if not on the lead, towards the final 20 laps at Daytona on July 2. I’ll take the 12 to 1 all day on Kyle.
The Longshot Bet To Win The NASCAR Coke Zero 400: Tony Stewart +2500
Tony Stewart won the Coke Zero 400 in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2012. Stewart is a master at restrictor plate tracks. He also finally won a NASCAR race for the first time in a long time. This past weekend Stewart finished first at Sonoma. Does Tony have what it takes to make it 2 in a row? I’m not so sure that he does. But he’s hot right now. The first place came on the heels of a 7th place finish at Michigan the week before. At 25 to 1, I’m willing to take a shot on the great Tony Stewart.