NASCAR Picks: Coke Zero 400 Race Preview & Sprint Cup Prediction

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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series makes it return this season to iconic Daytona International Speedway for the running of the Coke Zero 400. Under the prime time lights this Sunday night, all the action in this race is set to get underway at 7:45 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on NBC.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup – Coke Zero 400 Preview and Prediction
Race: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway
Date: Sunday, July 5                                                                              
Time: 7:45 p.m. (ET)                         
Broadcast: NBC

Sprint Cup’s bad-boy Busch brothers have been hot lately with Kyle winning last week’s road race at Sonoma while Kurt came in second after winning a few weeks back at Michigan.

Clint Bowyer had a good run at Sonoma to take third.

The following is a look at my top favorite, contender and longshot to win this Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona based on betting odds provided by

The Favorite (odd of less than 10/1)

The name at the top of this week’s list is Dale Earnhardt Jr. at +800 betting odds to win, but that should not come as a big surprise given both his current form and his past success in restrictor plate racing.

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The No. 88 car won earlier in the season at Talladega and it has also placed fifth or better in another seven point-race events this year to make its way to fifth-place in the current Sprint Cup standings with a total of 545 points.

More importantly, Dale Jr. is coming off a third-place finish in this year’s Daytona 500. Looking back at his last seven trips around this track in a Sprint Cup race, he has finished in the top-three in four of those events.

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

Restrictor plate races, especially at Daytona tend to be wide-open affairs where anything can happen, but anytime you can get longer odds on Kevin Harvick it is well worth a play.

The series’ top driver this season and the 2014 defending Sprint Cup Champ has been listed at +1200 betting odds to win this race.

When you take into consideration that the No. 4 car has already won twice and posted eight more second-place runs in the first 16 point races this year, there is some solid value in his odds.

Recent form at this track is also in Harvick’s favor with a third-place finish in this race in 2013 and a second-place finish in this year’s Daytona 500.

The Longshot (odds 20/1 or greater)

Going even further down this week’s list, the odds really drop off after the first 13 drivers, but I do think there is some decent value in Jamie McMurray at +3000 to win on Sunday.

The No. 1 car has been fairly consistent all season long with seven top-10 finishes.

The team’s best effort was a second-place finish at Phoenix in mid-March and it has been competitive in three of its last four point-race events.

McMurray’s biggest claim to fame in the Sprint Cup series was his stunning victory in the 2010 Daytona 500.

Since then, he has only posted one top-10 finish in 10 more races at this track.

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By Dave Schwab

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