Expert NASCAR Betting Analysis for 2018 Coca-Cola 600
Make no mistake about it NASCAR betting enthusiasts. After 13 races the 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season has become the ‘Can Anyone Stop Kevin Harvick?’ campaign.
Harvick continued his dominating season a week ago by winning the NASCAR All-Star race on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway while bagging an extra $1 million mind you. Harvick won two of the first three stages and beat Daniel Suarez to the finish line to claim his second All-Star race victory, exactly 11 years after his first win in the fun-filled event. Saurez, who had to win a stage of the Open qualifying race to reach the main event, finished second while Joey Logano took third place.
Let’s take a look at the latest NASCAR odds to win the 2018 Coca-Cola 600.
Expert NASCAR Betting Analysis for 2018 Coca-Cola 600
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NASCAR Betting Odds to Win
- Kevin Harvick: 12/5
- Kyle Busch: 9/2
- Martin Truex Jr: 9/2
- Kyle Larson: 15/2
- Brad Keselowski: 11/1
- Ryan Blaney: 11/1
- Denny Hamlin: 14/1
- Joey Logano: 14/1
- Clint Bowyer: 18/1
- Field (Any Other Driver): 20/1
- Erik Jones: 25/1
- Chase Elliott: 30/1
- Jimmie Johnson: 30/1
- Kurt Busch: 30/1
- Aric Almirola: 33/1
- Daniel Suarez: 50/1
- Alex Bowman: 75/1
- Matt Kenseth: 75/1
The Season So Far
This year, Harvick has already won five times including the last two races at Dover and Kansas. Harvick also won three straight races at Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Phoenix to close out February and open March. However, for the upcoming Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the year, Harvick will be starting from an unfamiliar position. You see, Harvick will start from the last place after failing his most recent NASCAR inspection while Kyle Busch starts from the pole. Busch has never won a Cup points race in 28 previous 28 starts at Charlotte, although he did win an All-Star race here.
“We have had some really good runs here in the past, but we just haven’t been able to close the deal,” Busch said, referring to his 11 top-five finishes.
Busch won his 30th career pole for NASCAR’s longest race with Joey Logano starting beside him. Ironically, Logano said he doesn’t expect Harvick to be in the rear for very long no matter where he starts from.
“Are we taking bets on how long it will take him to get up there,” Logano said. “Where is the new betting thing? Is that what we’re doing now.”
Harvick talked about his mind-boggling success this season following his all-star win a week ago.
“I would just point at the experience of the race team because of the fact this is our fifth year together,” Harvick said. “We’ve been through a lot of very high-pressure situations, low-pressure situations, good moments, bad moments. And everybody just gets along so well on our race team and, when you look at that as a group, it’s something that’s pretty special. I think the second thing is the fact that Ford has brought a lot to the table for our race team. It’s allowed us to expand our engineering staff over the first winter and really just brought resources to our team.”
“So, when you add all those pieces to the puzzle up and look at the experience of the race team and you look at the partnerships we have with Ford and Mobil 1 and all the support we have from our ownership group to let us go out and explore and do the things and take the chance of switching to a different manufacturer and take the chance of bringing things into our own house and controlling more of our own parts and pieces, those things all added up.”
Harvick has won three of the four races this season on 1.5-mile tracks. Kyle Busch has three victories this season, including the one race on a 1.5-mile track (Texas) that Harvick didn’t win, although it should be noted that Harvick finished second in that race.
The Coca-Cola 600 starts in the early evening while there is still some sunlight (6:15 PM ET), but finishes just before nightfall. Harvick has 34 starts at Charlotte and three points win with the last coming in the fall of 2014. He also won the Coca-Cola 600 in 2013 and 2011, which is why he’s one of the NASCAR Betting favorites to win it again.
Last season it was Austin Dillon winning the Coca-Cola 600 as a whopping 100/1 pick. In 2016, Martin Truex Jr. took the checkered flag by leading a record, 392 of 400 laps.
“That was a special night and will always remain a career highlight,” Truex said. “We had a great car and it was just our night. We didn’t make any mistakes and took advantage of a very fast Toyota Camry.”
Truex has a 4.4 average finish over his last six starts at Charlotte with two wins. He’s got one win this season on Fontana’s 2-mile layout after recording seven wins a year ago but did finish third in last year’s Coca-Cola 600.
Kyle Busch was runner-up in last season’s Coca-Cola 600.
“Winning at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has been one of my favorite tracks, was really special in last year’s All-Star Race since I’ve tried for a long time,” said Busch. “Now that we’ve done that in the All-Star Race, I’m hoping it carries over to the 600 and I can bring home my first Cup points race there. It’s certainly high on my list of what I want to accomplish in this sport. There’s no doubt winning the Coke 600 would be big.”
Top Three NASCAR Betting Picks
Martin Truex Jr.
So what he didn’t make the final round of qualifying this year. Truex Jr. owns the track at Charlotte – and I believe he’s overdue for his second win this year!
Busch has been the second most dominant driver on the circuit this year by far! Plus he wants a win here really bad!
His eight career wins at Charlotte are the most in NASCAR history. It could happen with Johnson completely desperate to snap his nearly year-long losing streak.