Logano, Keselowski Share Best Odds to Win Coke Zero Sugar 400

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 chances to replicate, but it is 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 in +1400 to round out the top drivers on the oddsboard.

Standout Stats
Ford has won five of the last ten races in 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 course since Jimmie Johnson did thus from the two races at 2013. Denny Hamlin appears to become the latest 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 and that was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2015. The average starting place for the driver who transported the checkered flag over that 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 good qualifying speed at Daytona recently. He’s begun first or second in each of the past three runnings in this track, but has completed 10th or worse, so until he can come across the same speed in the race, I’ll stay away.
Logano (+700) has had greater success throughout the Daytona 500 than he has at the midseason race in this course. From the 500, he has an average finish position of 13.28, for example winning in 2015, but he’s an average finish position of 21.2 in the July race, and it has dropped in each of the past two runnings.
Keselowski (+700) has experienced a series of bad luck at Daytona lately, with dropped in four of the past five races but six races ago at this track, he drove to victory lane. He has five wins at Talladega, yet another restrictor-plate track, so he knows how to compete in those races. Look for him to be in the hunt Saturday night.
Kyle Busch (+1100) not as a favorite seems like an automated wager, but Daytona has become the better of him for most of his career. Busch won the July race in 2008, marking the only time he has driven to victory lane at Daytona, and he’s just three top-five endings there on the last 14 races, however he was the runner-up in this year’s Daytona 500.
I’ve been fading Kevin Harvick (+1100) all season long as he hadn’t shown evidence of his former dominant self until last week. He seemed powerful at Chicagoland, leading 132 of the 267 laps, but ultimately finished 14th. Harvick has dropped in four of the five races in Daytona since switching to Ford in 2017 however he led multiple laps in three of those runnings. Assuming he keeps his nose clean, this may be a fantastic spot for Harvick.

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