With the Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix in the morning followed by the Indy 500 in the afternoon, the perfect complement to a full day of racing is Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 with coverage on FOX starting at 6 p.m.
One of the best online sportsbooks for betting on motor sports is 5Dimes and the following three drivers have the best value on the board to win the 2019 Coca-Cola 600 in their betting odds.
Kevin Harvick +450
Harvick was my top favorite to win at Dover and he finished fourth. I went with him at +750 odds to win at Kansas and he faded to 13th. This week, I am going with the notion that the third time is the charm as a second-favorite behind Kyle Busch (+300) to win at Charlotte. After winning eight Cup Series events in 2018 along with last season’s All-Star Race at this track, the No. 4 Ford is way overdue for a trip to Victory Lane. Its driver still has this team in third place in the current standings with 440 total points despite the lack of wins.
I also like the fact that Harvick has been able to place inside the Top 3 in six of his last 11 trips around this track in a Cup Series event. He has posted a pair of victories during that same span.
Kyle Larson +1400
I also went with Larson as my top contender to win at Kansas in the last point race and he kept things interesting with an eighth-place finish after taking third the week before at Dover. The No. 42 Chevrolet does bring some momentum into this Sunday night’s race after winning last Saturday night’s All-Star Race at Charlotte. The team is holding down 15th place in the current standings with a total of 304 points. Playoff concerns begin to come into play and the only way to guarantee a spot in the 16-driver field is with some wins.
What does not add all that much value to Larson’s longer odds to win again at Charlotte is his 17.5 average finishing position here through 10 previous Cup Series events. However, he was in the mix in last year’s Coca-Cola 600 with a seventh-place finish.
Alex Bowman +3000
Most longshot picks when it comes to winning any motor race are pure hunches. Bowman adds some credibility to this pick with three-straight second-place finishes in his last three Cup Series events. He had been an afterthought driving the famed No. 88 Chevrolet prior to that with nine-straight runs outside the top 10. Maybe some inspiration from Dale Jr. is starting to take hold. This mini-run has Bowman in early playoff position at 12th in the standings with 329 total points. He is coming off an eighth-place finish in last Saturday night’s exhibition race.
This is Bowman’s fifth season racing at the Cup Series level and he has nothing to show for his early effort at Charlotte in a point race with an average finishing position of 28.2. The only glimmer of hope was his ninth-place finish in the 2018 Coca-Cola 600. That is one of the big reasons for the longer odds on the board. This hunch is obviously tied to current form.