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Gander Outdoors 400: NASCAR Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/29/18

The 2018 Gander Outdoors 400

Gander Outdoors 400: Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm (Pocono Raceway)

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TV: NBCSN

It’s our second and final trip to Pennsylvania for the Gander Outdoors 400, an event that debuted in 1974 and has been one of the quicker races the last few years. We produced another winner last week and three of the five drivers listed finished in the top five. Just the way it should be around here. But now isn’t a time for celebrations, as we have to finish the season strong and put more money in the pocket.

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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Gander Outdoors 400: NASCAR Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/29/18

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Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch finished runner-up last week and has finished in the top five in seven of his last eight races overall. Since the KC Masterpiece 400, which was in mid-May, Busch has finished outside of the top-10 just once. Busch is also the defending champion at this event and has finished ninth or better in six of his last 10 appearances at the Pocono Raceway. Busch has to like his chances to win his sixth race of the season.

Denny Hamlin - We have Denny Hamlin a chance last week and he had a subpar performance, finishing 13th. Hamlin has just two top five finishes in his last seven races, but I’m going to give him a chance once again. One, Hamlin hasn’t gone this long without a victory in a single season since 2013. Hamlin is a two-time winner at this event and has four career victories at the Pocono Raceway overall. Hamlin has top-10 finishes in five of his last nine appearances at this track. This could finally be the week we see Hamlin reach victory lane, of course, we said that last week as well. 

Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch is another driver looking for his first win of the season and actually hasn’t won a race since his 2016 Daytona 500 victory. However, Busch has been knocking on the door recently, finishing eighth or better in four of his last six races. Busch is a two-time winner at this event and has finished seventh or better in six of his last 11 appearances at the Pocono Raceway. Like Hamlin, Busch has to see this week as a chance to end the drought.

Martin Truex Jr. - Another race, another week of putting Martin Truex Jr. on your card. Truex has finished fourth or better in nine of his last 10 races and has won three of the last seven races. Truex won his last appearance at the Pocono Raceway and has finished sixth or better in four of his last seven appearances here overall. Truex may not come with the best prices these days, but if you want to increase your chances of leaving with a winner, it’s almost impossible not to include the 38-year-old.

Chase Elliott - If you’re looking for a long shot this week, Chase Elliott could be your guy. We just saw Erik Jones win his first race of his career and Elliott could be soon behind. Elliott is coming off a fifth place finish last week and has finished in the top-10 in four of his last seven races. Elliott has also finished in the top-10 in four of his five appearances at the Pocono Raceway. In fact, take away Elliott’s 33rd place finish here back in 2016, and Elliott has an average finish of eighth place in four appearances at this track. There’s a decent chance the 22-year-old makes history this week. Don’t sleep on the young boy.

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