It has been a bit of a strange week in the world of NASCAR, starting off with a Tuesday race. While races in the middle of the week are uncommon, it is the new normal for now as the sport tries to play catchup on the time missed during the pandemic. NASCAR also decided to take a stance on the issue of the confederate flag, which has now officially been banned from all events. The controversy of that issue can now be set aside as we begin to focus on the upcoming race on the schedule. That would be the Dixie Vodka 400, which will be run at Homestead in Miami this coming Sunday, June 14. Barring weather, the race is set to begin at 3:30 PM EST, with all the action being shown on Fox. Now that you know the details, let’s take a look at some of the favorites for this one, along with their NASCAR odds.
NASCAR Dixie Vodka 400
Kevin Harvick (+450)
Picking the winner of any race in NASCAR is tough, as there are so many different factors that can have an impact on who eventually takes the checkered flag. That said, there are some definite trends that need to be paid attention to when narrowing down the field. Kevin Harvick certainly checks all the right boxes for this one. First of all, he is sitting atop the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings after 11 races and has already won twice this season. It is his record at Homestead that is perhaps the most compelling, though. He has finished in the top 10 there in 17 of his 19 career races. He only has 1 win at Homestead, but he is stunningly consistent at that track, which is why I am on him to win on Sunday.
Martin Truex Jr. (+450)
Another driver who has been consistently good at Homestead is Martin Truex Jr., who is coming off his first win of the season at Martinsville on Tuesday. He proved that drivers like certain tracks better than others, as that was his second straight win at Martinsville. He has a very similar pedigree at Homestead, winning there in 2017 before finishing second in consecutive years. He has landed in the top 10 there in 10 of 15 races, so this is another driver that needs to be given a very serious look. Back to back wins in less than a week is a tough target.
Kyle Busch (+500)
It is more than a little strange to see Kyle Busch sitting down in 9th in the driver standings after 11 races this season. It is stranger still to see that he is winless through those 11 races, although he has finished in the top 10 in 6 of them. There is reason to believe that this weekend might be when he finally gets that elusive first win on the season, as he won here last year. He has 2 wins there in the last 5 years and has never finished worse than 6th in that run.
Chase Elliott (+750)
It is probably fair to suggest that Chase Elliott is an as one of the favorites for this race because of the start he has made to the season as opposed to his performance at Homestead. Elliott has finished in the top 10 in 6 of 11 races this season, which includes winning one of those races. That start has him sitting in third in the driver standings. Elliott only has 4 career starts at Homestead and has not really impressed. This may prove to be his breakthrough, but I am not wagering on that.