Nascar Coke Zero 400 Gambling Picks/Preview

2011 Coke Zero 400 betting preview and racing picks from motorsports gambling experts at nascar betting site for the upcoming Nascar race at Daytona International Speedway…

2011 Coke Zero 400 – Predictions – Betting Preview + Picks + Odds

Preview: The big issue so far at Daytona has been rain. Only one practice session was held on Thursday and it was rain-shortened, but led by Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger, both in Fords, followed by the Penske Dodge tandem of Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski.

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Race: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway
Date: Saturday, July 2, 2011
Time: 7:48 PM ET (scheduled green flag)
TV: 7:30 PM ET on TNT

In qualifying on Friday, Mark Martin scored the pole with a 182.065 mph lap, with Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne in P2.

All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers qualified in the top 8. Points leader Carl Edwards qualified 14th. Drivers are expected to continue the push-pairs that we’ve seen on the plate tracks this year, though it remains to be seen whether slicker conditions from the July heat will affect how long they can stay hooked up.

Weather is predicted to be less rainy by Saturday night. Joey Logano won Friday’s Nationwide race.

Safe Bet: (odds of less than 10/1)

• Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8/1): This is the 10th anniversary of the memorable July 2001 Daytona race, won by Dale Jr. following the death of his father in the Daytona 500 that year. It would certainly be an uplifting win for Junior Nation if he finds his way to Victory Lane Saturday night and breaks a winless streak of 100+ races.

Earnhardt Jr. is having his best season in recent years and qualified sixth for this race. He also had a very stout car in Talladega, where he pushed Jimmie Johnson to the win in April.

Mid Range: (odds between 10/1 – 20/1)

• Tony Stewart (14/1): Stewart is a three-time winner at Daytona and all three wins have been in the July race, not the season-opening Daytona 500. Currently 12th in points, Stewart needs a strong finish to keep him in Chase contention and a win to help secure his place in the wildcard slot.

Stewart is the lap leader among active drivers at Daytona, having led more here than Jeff Gordon who has twice the number of wins.

Stewart starts 19th in the Burger King Chevy.

Long Shot: (odds of 20/1 or greater)

• Greg Biffle (25/1): Biffle finished 7th at Talladega a few months ago and has a win in the July race at Daytona (2003). Currently 13th in points, Biffle needs to begin a strong summer run if he hopes to make the Chase 10 races from now.

He qualified 17th for Saturday’s race.


As we’ve seen this year, and even this weekend in Friday’s Nationwide race, pretty much anything can happen on these restrictor plate tracks … and usually does.

Chances are the finish of this race will come down to the last turn of the last lap.

NASCAR – Coke Zero 400 Odds To Win

Earnhardt Jr., Dale 7-1
Harvick, Kevin 9-1
Stewart, Tony 9-1
Bowyer, Clint 10-1
Gordon, Jeff 12-1
Johnson, Jimmie 12-1
Busch, Kyle 12-1
Busch, Kurt 12-1
Edwards, Carl 12-1
Hamlin, Denny 18-1
McMurray, Jamie 18-1
Burton, Jeff 25-1
Kenseth, Matt 25-1
Biffle, Greg 25-1
Kahne, Kasey 25-1
Newman, Ryan 25-1
Lagano, Joey 30-1
Montoya, Juan 30-1
Ragan, David 30-1
Martin, Mark 35-1
Allmendinger, A.J. 35-1
Ambrose, Marcos 40-1
Menard, Paul 40-1
Reutimann, David 40-1
Keselowski, Brad 40-1
Vickers, Brian 40-1
Bayne, Trevor 50-1
Smith, Regan 50-1
Against the Field (any other driver) 30-1


Becca Gladden is a freelance writer and race handicapper specializing in NASCAR.

By Becca Gladden

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