Toyota/Save Mart 350: NASCAR Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/24/18
The 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350
Toyota/Save Mart 350: Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Sonoma Raceway)
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Our hit or miss NASCAR season continues, as we bombed in the last event in Michigan with just two of our five drivers finishing inside the top-10. It was one of our worst weeks in this sport. But we usually bounce back rather nicely after failing to reach victory lane, and this should be no different with our second and final trip to California for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. The Sonoma Raceway is one of the weirder tracks of the year and the average speed has been under 80 miles per hour in 13 of the last 15 years. This is the one event that could gain some casual fans, as it’s far from your typical, “we’re making another left turn” race. Anyway…
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t released when this article was posted)
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Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch has been a consistent player in these articles and for good reason. He’s won four races this season and has finished fourth or better in 10 of his last 13 events. Well, Busch is a two-time winner at this race and has finished no worse than seventh in his last three appearances at the Sonoma Raceway. You’re probably not going to get a wonderful price with Busch this week, but he gives you the best chance to make money.
Clint Bowyer - Clint Bowyer is coming off a win in Michigan and has to like his chances to get his third win of the year. Bowyer won this race in 2012 and finished runner-up last year. Bowyer has also finished fifth or better in five of his last seven appearances at the Sonoma Raceway. Given his history here, Bowyer has a chance to win back-to-back races for the first time in his career.
Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski doesn’t have a great history at the Sonoma Raceway other than finishing third last year and a top-10 finish in 2011. However, Keselowski has been knocking on the door pretty much all season for that first victory, which includes finishing sixth or better in four of his last five races. Keselowski has top-10 finishes in nine of his last 14 races and has probably been the most consistent driver this season who hasn’t won a race. Struggles on this track or not, I’ll give Keselowski a chance.
Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick is the defending champ at this event and has finished no worse than sixth each of the last three years. Overall, Harvick has six top-10 finishes in his last eight appearances at the Sonoma Raceway. Along with Busch, Harvick has also been the most dominant driver as of late, finishing fifth or better in six of his last seven races. Hard not to include Harvick on your card this week given his history at this track and his current form overall.
Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch hasn’t rewarded us yet despite including him in these articles often, but he has finished eighth or better in five of his last six races. Busch also hasn’t gone this long into a season without a victory since 2013, which means he’s probably due. Busch also won this event back in 2011 and has finished in the top-10 in six of his last seven appearances at the Sonoma Raceway overall, which includes a runner-up spot in 2015. This could be the week he ends the drought.