NASCAR Betting Preview & Picks for 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350
- Venue: Sonoma Raceway
- Location: Sonoma, California, United States
- First race: 1989
- Surface: Asphalt
- Distance: 218.9 miles
- Laps: 110
- Most wins (driver): Jeff Gordon (5)
- Most wins (team): Hendrick Motorsports (6)
Martin Truex Jr (+400)Sonoma has not been particularly kind to Truex Jr., as he has only 1 win and a pair of top 10 finishes at this track in 12 attempts. Last year was particularly disappointing, as engine trouble made it impossible for Truex Jr. to even get to the finish line. His lone win here came back in 2013, which makes me believe that we should probably be looking elsewhere for the winner. He is a driver in form, though, sitting 6th in the standings with 2 wins and 9 top 5 finishes. He is going to be sticking around among the leaders in the driver’s standings, but I don’t see a win for him on Sunday.
Kyle Busch (+400)As we mentioned earlier, Busch is sitting atop the NASCAR driver’s standings, taking the checkered flag 4 times in 15 starts this season. He has also landed in the top 10 in 12 of those 15 races, a position that he is very familiar with at Sonoma. Busch has finished in the top 10 in each of his last 3 runs at Sonoma, with a win coming at this event in 2015. That win was his second at this track, and you have to feel as though he has a legitimate shot at winning again on Sunday given how well he has run here in the past. Busch is my pick to win this one.
Kevin Harvick (+400)If you are looking for a driver who always seems to run well at this track, then look no further than Harvick. He won the 2017 version of the Toyota/Save Mart 350, the third consecutive time that he had finished in the top 10 at this track. Last year was the first time that Harvick had won at Sonoma, but he does have a good history there, landing in the top 10 in 7 of the 17 races run at the track. He is certainly a solid pick and will likely be a good bet to finish in the top 5. Definitely worth a look at a decent price.
Clint Bowyer (+580)Bowyer has been consistently good this season, winning twice and landing in the top 10 no less than 8 times in his 15 races. Those results are good enough to put him 5th in the driver’s standings heading into the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday. If he is going to make up ground on the drivers ahead of him, this may well be the weekend where he does it, as Sonoma is a track where Bowyer always seems to run well. He has a single win here but has landed in the top 5 in 7 of the 12 races that he has run at Sonoma.
Last 10 Winners
- 2017: Kevin Harvick
- 2016: Tony Stewart
- 2015: Kyle Busch
- 2014: Carl Edwards
- 2013: Martin Truex Jr
- 2012: Clint Bowyer
- 2011: Kurt Busch
- 2010: Jimmie Johnson
- 2009: Kasey Kahne
- 2008: Kyle Busch