NASCAR’s early results in its Cup Series schedule has yielded six different winners in the first 11 point races. Martin Truex Jr. joined an even smaller group of four drivers with multiple wins with his rain-delayed victory at Dover on Monday. Alex Bowman took second in that race and Kyle Larson finished third.
One prominent name still looking for his first win of the season could be poised to cross that task off the list this Saturday night.
When it comes to betting on this race, 5Dimes online sportsbook has you covered with its NASCAR’s futures odds to win. I have dug deep into the numbers to come up with three drivers that have the best value in their odds.
Kevin Harvick +750
I went with Harvick last week at Dover as my top favorite with +500 odds to win and he kept things interesting with a fourth-place finish. He has been keeping things interesting all season long with five fourth-place runs and eight total finishes inside the top 10. This has been good enough to keep the No. 4 Ford racing team in third place in the current Cup Series standings with a total of 397 points.
You know that it is only a matter of time before Harvick does cross the finish line first in a Cup Series race after winning a total of eight races last season. The fact that he comes into this race as the defending champ only adds more value to his betting odds. His average finishing position at this track is 9.7.
Kyle Larson +1000
Monday’s third-place finish was Larson’s best effort since taking sixth at Phoenix earlier in the year. He has been rather hit or miss driving the No. 42 Chevrolet, but early exits with three wrecks over his past five point races does not help the cause. Regardless of his past results, he has to look to the future to secure a spot in this season’s playoffs. Holding down 16th place in the current standings puts this team in a very precarious situation when it comes to qualifying for the 16-driver field.
Along with Monday’s promising run, the main reason I am going with Larson as a top contender for Saturday night is a solid track record at Kansas through his first five seasons racing at NASCAR’s highest level. Larson has been able to finish sixth or better in three of his last four Cup Series races at this track, including a fourth-place finish in this event last season.
Denny Hamlin +2250
Not only did Hamlin have his issues on the track in Monday’s race with a disappointing 21st place finish, but he also had to be treated for some mild carbon monoxide poisoning after the race. He has been cleared for Saturday night’s race and I really like the value in his longer odds. Recent form driving the No. 11 Toyota is nothing to brag about, but winning the Daytona 500 and the first race at Texas Motor Speedway is. Hamlin has his team in fourth place in the current standings with 383 points. He has a total of six finishes inside the top five in the first 11 races.
Another big plus at such longer odds is some past success at Kansas. Hamlin’s only victory here in a point race was in 2012, but he finished fifth in this race last season after finishing fifth in the playoff race at Kansas in 2017.