2018 Quaker State 400 Betting Preview and Predictions

2018 Quaker State 400 Betting Preview and Predictions

Written by D.S. Williamson on Wednesday,July 11, 2018 11:18, EDT

This Saturday, NASCAR drivers head to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, for the 2018 Quaker State 400. On MyBookie, Kevin Harvick has been installed as a solid +400 favorite. Keep reading for a preview and predictions of the 2018 Quaker State 400.

2018 Quaker State 400 Betting Preview and Predictions

We make predictions for 3 different categories:  The Favorites, The Second Choices, and The Underdogs

The Favorites

  • Kevin Harvick                       +200
  • Martin Truex Jr.                  +300
  • Kyle Busch                             +300
  • Kyle Larson                           +400

Why is Kevin Harvick favored to win at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday? He ranks second in the Monster Energy Cup Standings. It surprising that Harvick isn’t ranked first because he’s scored with 5 victories from 18 races. He’s also won 2 poles this season.

But, Kevin Harvick has never won the Quaker State 400. Kyle Busch has. Ranked first in the standings, Busch won at Chicago on July 1. He finished 33rd at Daytona on July 7. The last time Busch had such a bad finish, he strung together 7 straight Top 10 finishes. Among the Top 10 finishes was a win at Charlotte to go along with the win at Chicago.

Kyle Busch is The Favorites play.

Pick: Kyle Busch

The Second Choices

  • Brad Keselowski                  +1600
  • Ryan Blaney                          +1600
  • Denny Hamlin                      +1600
  • Joey Logano                          +1600
  • Erik Jones                              +1600

All 5 drivers that qualify under The Second Choices category have a shot to win the Quaker State 400 on July 14. Brad Keselowski is an obvious choice having won 3 of the 7 total Quaker State 400s. But, Keselowski has zero wins this year.

The same can no longer be said for Erik Jones. Jones won at Daytona on July 7. It made sense that he’d drive well. He finished 7th at Sonoma on June 12. Then in Chicago, he finished 6th. Jones could make it back-to-back wins because he’s en fuego right now.

Pick: Erik Jones

The Underdogs

  • Chase Elliott                           +2000
  • Kurt Busch                              +2000
  • Aric Armirola                         +2000
  • Jimmie Johnson                    +4000

The days of Jimmie Johnson dominating the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup are gone. Jimmie and his crew are no longer the top dog. They may never be the top dog again. But, Jimmie offers odds double the other underdogs on this list.

Are Jimmie’s chances doubly worse than the chances of Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, and Aric Armirola? Nope. JJ must start taking down checkered flags, or at least finishing in the Top 10, to have any hope of garnering a bid in The Chase. Who knows? Maybe, some of that old Hendrick Motorsports magic shows up on Saturday.

Pick: Jimmie Johnson