NASCAR Betting Preview: Coke Zero 400 Top Contenders & Pretenders

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 1:29 PM GMT

Here's our NASCAR Betting Preview of the Coke Zero 400 in prime time this Saturday night, The second stop of the season at storied Daytona International Speedway highlight’s this holiday weekend.

It has been quite a while since veteran driver Tony Stewart made his way to Victory Lane in a Sprint Cup race, but that was the case this past Sunday at Sonoma. Denny Hamlin finished second in that race and Joey Logano ended up third.

The following is a look at my top valued favorite, contender and longshot to win this Saturday night at Daytona based on betting odds at Bet365.

 

Top Valued Favorite
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still looking for his first point race victory of the season after posting four runner-up finishes in the first 16 events. This could be his week as a +600 favorite to win on Saturday night (at GTBets) at one of his favorite tracks. The No. 88 Chevrolet has had its chances this season, but it is sitting precariously in 12th-place in the current Sprint Cup standings with no guarantee of making this year’s Chase without posting at least one win. Daytona could be the place with Dale Jr. coming in as the defending champion in this event. All told, he has four career victories at Daytona in a Sprint Cup point race.

 

Top Valued Contender
I am going with another junior in this race as my top valued picks to win. Martin Truex Jr. is one of seven drivers listed at +1200 sport betting odds in what should remain a wide open race from start to finish given the nature of restrictor plate racing. He comes in with just three Top 5 finishes this season but was in the Daytona 500. The other two consisted of a victory at Charlotte and a fifth-place just this past week at Sonoma so the No. 78 Toyota should have quite a few things going for it on Saturday night. I also like the fact that Truex comes into this race highly motivated after losing the 500 by the slimmest margin of victory in the history of that storied race.

 

Top Valued Longshot
This is a great event for picking longshots and it could also be a great spot for Chase Elliott to finally break through with a victory at +2000 betting odds. I have been touting the rookie all season long as Jeff Gordon’s replacement in the No. 24 Chevrolet and for good reason. Through his first 16 point race events at the Sprint Cup level, he has made his way into the Top 5 six times including a fourth-place run at Pocono and a second-place run at Michigan in recent weeks. Elliott started the Daytona 500 from the pole but early trouble dropped him to 37th. I see him putting forth a much better effort this time around to possibly upset the field.   

 

Betting Odds for other Notable Drivers
Following Dale Jr.,as favorites are both Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin as +1000 second-favorites to win this race. The list of drivers in the large group at +1200 betting odds consists of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards. From there you have Kurt Busch at +1600 before the odds drop off to +2000 or higher for all the other drivers on this week’s list.