2018 Gander Outdoors 400 Odds & Preview

2018 Gander Outdoors 400 Odds & Preview

Written by on July 26, 2018

This week’s Monster Energy Cup NASCAR Race is the Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The race takes place on July 29 at 2:30 pm ET. Check out our NASCAR odds preview of the 2018 Gander Outdoors 400!

2018 Gander Outdoors 400 Preview

Latest 2018 Gander Outdoors 400 Odds

  • Kyle Busch +250
  • Kevin Harvick +250
  • Martin Treux Jr. +250
  • Kyle Larson +650
  • Brad Keselowski +1000
  • Ryan Blaney +1200
  • Denny Hamlin +1500
  • Clint Bowyer +1500
  • Joey Logano +1600
  • Erik Jones +2000
  • Kurt Busch +2500
  • Aric Almirola +2500
  • Chase Elliot +2500
  • Daniel Suarez +6000
  • Jimmie Johnson +6000
  • Jamie McMurray +8000
  • Alex Bowman +8000
  • William Byron +8000
  • Field (Any Other) +2000
Last year, Kyle Busch won the Gander Outdoors 400. Kevin Harvick finished second, Martin Truex Jr. finished third, and Denny Hamlin finished fourth. When odds come out on the race, NASCAR bettors should expect that Busch is the favorite while Harvick, Truex Jr., and Hamlin are favored in that order. The middle group of NASCAR drivers will be Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Erik Jones. Drivers offering the highest odds without being in the Field will be Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Newman. Which drivers figure to get it done on Sunday, July 29? We answer that by answering other questions.

Why is Kyle Busch a bad driver to back?

Busch is now second in the Monster Energy Cup Standings. He finished well last weekend in New Hampshire when finishing behind race winner Kevin Harvick. Busch has won 5 races this year. The problem with his racing form is that 3 of his wins came in April. Busch won back-to-back-to-back at Bristol, Richmond, and Talladega. He should finish in the Top 5. Winning the race probably isn’t in the cards. Busch’s main goal is maintaining his top five ranking in The Chase.

Will Harvick be a good pick?

Which driver is asafe bet to win the 2018 Gander Outdoors? Probably. NASCAR drivers can put together back-to-back victories. When a NASCAR crew gets hot it can carry over from race to race. Not only that, but Harvick won 3 races in a row in late February and early March:  at Atlanta, at Las Vegas, and at Phoenix. He also won at Dover and at Kansas back-to-back before taking the All-Star race in mid-May. Kevin Harvick projects to be a much better pick than Kyle Busch based on his racing form.

Is there a driver who could surprise?

Brad Keselowski had an awful time at New Hampshire last weekend. He started 6th. He ended up finishing 32nd. There’s some reason to believe he could turn the tables on Harvick, Busch, as well as the rest on Sunday. First, he finished 5th at Pocono on June 3. That means Keselowski and his team know how to get his car working it’s best on the track. Second, he finished 5th at last year’s Gander Outdoors 400 when it was called the Overton’s 400. Finally, Keselowski’s pattern has been to have a bad race followed by an exceptional race. If the pattern holds, he’ll be in the Top 5 on Sunday. If NASCAR bettors are looking to back a favorite, strong signs point to Kevin Harvick making it back-to-back victories. If they’re looking for a dog, Brad Keselowski is the strong play.