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Get NASCAR picks for today’s race including analysis and NASCAR betting advice from expert NASCAR handicappers. Get our NASCAR predictions for this week below.
How many more times is bad luck going to befall Ryan Blaney? He has looked like the best car in most of the last five races at one point or another during the race. Last weekend at Michigan, he grabbed a top-five finish on Saturday, only to be taken out by his teammate while leading the race on Sunday. Now the attention turns to the highly anticipated Daytona Road Course event. Ryan should be oozing with confidence, especially since he has finished top 10 in four straight road course races. That includes a shocking victory in the inaugural Roval event in 2018. This 14-turn track will be much more difficult, but Blaney at least should contend for a top five. Anything could happen, but given his recent track record, taking Ryan is a smart move.
Kevin Harvick isn’t exactly a road course ace, but with two career wins at road courses, he shouldn’t be counted out by any means. His most recent trip to victory lane came in 2017 at Sonoma. Harvick has plenty of momentum after sweeping both races last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. He overtook Denny Hamlin, who has five wins but will need a lot to go right even starting from the pole. The Daytona Road Course will be tough for all the drivers, but Harvick who has finished top 10 or better in each of the last six road course races, should be ready. He has been the class of the field along with Hamlin for most of the 2020 season. Even if a victory isn’t likely, a top-five should be no problem for Harvick, given he has finished top five or better in each of the last nine races.
Joe Gibbs Racing as a whole has seen its fair share of victory lane trips at the road courses in NASCAR. Denny Hamlin was fortunate enough to find victory lane in 2016 at Watkins Glen. He knows the victory lane at Daytona well, given he is a three-time Daytona 500 winner, but this is a totally different race, as Hamlin will try to conquer the road course. He does have six top-five finishes in the last 10 road course races. Denny also starts on the front row Sunday, which if he wants to stay even with Kevin Harvick, what better place to try and equal is six wins at, than Daytona, where Denny has already won once this season. He has lacked a bit in recent road course races, so taking Hamlin to win isn’t the best choice, but at +140 for a top-five finish is a good move.
Hendrick Motorsports has always been strong on road courses with over 15 victories in the history of the team. Three of those wins belong to Chase Elliott, who like everyone else in the field has never faced the Daytona Road Course before. He is still a smart bet to make, especially since Chase has won three of the last five races on road courses. That includes a win at the Charlotte Roval last September. He also led laps in all three road course races in 2019. Chase starts seventh and should have some confidence entering this race on three-straight top 10 finishes. At +400 odds Elliott is a good bet for Sunday’s Go Bowling 235.
It’s a new era in the history of NASCAR at the World Center of Racing, as the sports best try their hands at the road course at the Daytona International Speedway. The track layout has existed for 61 years with the Rolex 24 Hour race, but now NASCAR will make history on Sunday. In fact, this will be a new test for the whole field, as there are only four races until the playoffs begin. One driver that should stand out is Martin Truex Jr, who has become a road-course ace over the last five seasons. Martin has led laps in each of the last nine races at a road course. He also has four career wins on road courses. He has never won at the Daytona oval, but perhaps Sunday, he can become the inaugural winner of the Go Bowling 235. He nearly won the inaugural race at the Charlotte Roval in 2018. Truex is a must bet on Sunday.
On any given week, there are about 40 different racers that can bring home the profit with a NASCAR win. For bettors, that’s 40 some chances to pick the winner, but a whole bevy of other NASCAR expert picks are available as a way to make money.
There are talks that NASCAR as a whole is starting to lose popularity. With NASCAR expert picks though it’s ‘start your engines’ the steps towards building that bankroll are just getting started.
NASCAR picks today can best be described as very similar to a horse race. You’re not only betting on the jockey (driver) but also the horse (car) as well as trainer (racing team). Then you also have to take into account track size, track type, weather, and more.
The most popular form of NASCAR betting is a pretty straightforward wager to pick the winner. Certain drivers have performed well over the recent weeks which thus lowers their odds for continuing that success.
Other drivers may have struggled recently, but have a plethora of top 10 finishes at a certain track which will also lower their odds. Drivers who are struggling and can’t keep to keep their old jalopy on the track offer the highest odds and thus the best return on investment – if the NASCAR picks come through.
The most popular of the NASCAR predictions are which driver will win the race, but that’s far from the only way to win money on a race. NASCAR picks are also available for futures bets on which driver will win the Cup at the end of the season.
It’s hard to pinpoint NASCAR predictions this week on which driver will win outright because there are 40+ drivers in the field and a ton of variable to sift through like wrecks, caution flags, pit time, etc. One way to limit the field but still make NASCAR wagering exciting is by betting on driver matchups. This type of NASCAR pick is selecting the win between one driver or the other. People are very loyal towards their drivers and this type of one-on-one bet is a nice way to bet that ‘my guy is better than your guy.‘
Depending on the sportsbook, other NASCAR picks to bet on may include fastest qualifier, fastest lap, or podium finish (top 10). Prop bets are also available every weekend for NASCAR picks and may include what auto maker wins the race, whether there will be a wreck, number of finishers, etc.
Much like other sports betting types, finding the NASCAR picks winners depends a lot on recent performance. Momentum and confidence are a big part of winning teams (even in racing) and the more success you have recently the better your chances for it to continue.
There are also driver stats to consider to have the best chances of winning NASCAR predictions. You can find data for every driver as it relates to results at a certain track, a track type, laps led, average finish, top 5’s, top 10’s, etc.