Toyota Owners 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/21/18
The 2018 Toyota Owners 400
Toyota Owners 400: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm (Richmond Raceway)
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We make our second of what will be four appearances in Virginia for the Toyota Owners 400. As we get deeper into this event, this will be our first night race of the year, which is my personal favorite. It’s something about fast cars under the lights that provides a better feel than the daytime. Anyway, we’ve put together a nice little streak in terms of victories and we don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. Let’s keep things rolling like in years past.
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Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t released when this article was posted)
Kyle Busch - We hit on Kyle Busch last week, as I said his form makes him impossible to leave off cards. Well, Busch has won back-to-back races and has now finished no worse than third in each of his last six races. The guy is simply dialed in. If that weren’t enough, Busch is a four-time winner at this event and won the last race at the Richmond Raceway as well. Only Richard Petty has won this event more times than Busch, and he also has victories on this track in the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Seires. I’ll say it again; you can’t leave him off your card.
Joey Logano - Joey Logano has gone quite a while without a victory, but he’s finished ninth or better in seven of the first eight races, so it’s only a matter of time before the skid ends. Logano has won this event in two of the last four years and can become one of five drivers to win it at least three times. Logano has also finished 10th or better in each of his last eight appearances at the Richmond Raceway. The 27-year-old is due. I’m putting Logano on my card this week.
Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick has either won or finished runner-up in four of his last seven races, putting him almost in a class of his own this season. Harvick has finished seventh or better in six of his last seven races overall. You can expect another strong showing from Harvick, who won this race back in 2013 and has finished fifth or better in five of his last seven appearances at the Richmond Raceway. Harvick isn’t going anywhere, and he shouldn’t disappear from your betting card either.
Ryan Newman - Ryan Newman is coming off his first top-10 finish since the Daytona 500 and is an afterthought to bettors due to a lack of wins. But Newman does have a history at Richmond Raceway, which includes top-10 finishes in five of his last nine appearances and had an average finish of fifth place in the two races here last year.. There’s something about history and consistency that gives guys a chance. Newman is worth a play this week given how he’s always in the thick of things on this track and the price you’re probably going to get with him.
Erik Jones - Erik Jones wasn’t great last week, but he has produced a top-10 finish in four of his last six races. Jones finished sixth in his last appearance in Richmond and has a runner-up finish on this track in the Xfinity Series. Jones is quickly getting comfortable with the rest of the guys and a victory likely isn’t far behind.