NASCAR Coke Zero 400 Preview + Sprint Cup Prediction

Coke Zero 400 Gambling Preview

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series will make its second trip to Daytona International Speedway this season for Saturday night’s running of the Coke Zero 400.

NASCAR Sprint Cup- Coke Zero 400 Preview and Prediction
Race: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014                     
Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)                         
Broadcast: TNT
Odds By Bovada

All the action from NASCAR’s most storied track is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. and the race will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

Brad Keselowski posted his second Sprint Cup victory of the year by taking the checkered flag at Kentucky last Saturday night. Kyle Busch raced his way to a second-place finish and longshot Ryan Newman placed third.

Rounding out the top five in that race were Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The following is a look at my top favorite, contender and longshot to win this Saturday night’s race based on odds provided by Bovada.

The Favorite (odd of less than 10/1)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has long lived in the shadow of his world famous father when it came to NASCAR racing, but he has to be enjoying the spotlight this week as the 9/1 favorite to pull-off the sweep at this fabled track after winning the Daytona 500 to start the 2014 Sprint Cup season.

The No. 88 car has been dominant all year long with a victory at Pocono as part of nine top-five finishes in the first 16 point races on the schedule.
The team is a virtual lock to make the Chase and it is currently tied for second in the Sprint Cup standings with 594 total points. Along with the victory at Daytona this year, Dale Jr. finished eighth in last year’s Coke Zero 400.

The Contender (odds from 10/1 to 19/1)

Anytime you can get double-digit odds on six-time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson you jump at the chance.

In what the Oddsmakers see as a wide-open race, it has opened Johnson as one of six drivers listed as 12/1 second-favorites to win on Saturday night.

The No. 48 went on an amazing tear in late May and early June with three point-race victories in four weeks and it holds a share of second place in the standings with 594 points as the series nears the halfway point in the 36-race schedule.

The real value in Johnson’s odds lie in the fact that he swept both races at Daytona last season and he is coming off a fifth-place finish in this year’s Daytona 500.

The Longshot (odds 20/1 or greater)

Since all the value is in the contender’s category on Bovada’s NASCAR betting odds board, this is not the best race to risk a play on a longshot. If I have to make a pick, I will go with Kurt Busch at 20/1.

He raced the No. 41 car to a victory at Martinsville in late March to go along with two additional finishes in the top five including a third-place finish at Pocono just a few weeks back.

Daytona has not been one of his favorite tracks over the years with an average finishing position of 18.0, but he did end-up sixth in last year’s race.

Odds from Bovada

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By Dave Schwab

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