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 at the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

Alex Bowman made his first Cup series victory last week and he has +1800 odds to replicate, but 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 at +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.

Standout Stats
Ford has won five of the last ten races at Daytona and Toyota has won three runnings over that span, 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 thus in the two races in 2013. Denny Hamlin looks to become the most recent driver to perform it won the Daytona 500 in February.
Only once over the last 17 races in Daytona has got the winner started on the pole which was Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 2015. The typical starting place for the motorist who carried the checkered flag over that interval was 12.53.
Alex Bowman (+1800) picked up the first checkered flag of his Cup series livelihood a week at Chicagoland and has had great qualifying rate at Daytona recently. He’s started first or second in each of the past three runnings in this course, but has completed 10th or worse, so until he can come across exactly the same rate in the race, I’ll stay away.
Logano (+700) has had greater success during the Daytona 500 than he has at the midseason race at this course. From 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 experienced a series of bad luck at Daytona recently, with dropped in four of the past five races but six races back in 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 these races. Look for him to be at the search Saturday night.
Kyle Busch (+1100) not as a favorite seems to be 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 forced to victory lane at Daytona, and he’s just three top-five finishes there over the past 14 races, however he was the most runner-up in this year’s Daytona 500.
I have been fading Kevin Harvick (+1100) all season long since he hadn’t shown signs of his former leading self until last week. He looked powerful at Chicagoland, leading 132 of the 267 laps, but ultimately finished 14th. Harvick has crashed in four of the five races at Daytona since switching to Ford at 2017 however he led multiple laps at three of these runnings. Assuming he keeps his nose clean, this could be a good spot for Harvick.

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