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Go Bowling at The Glen: NASCAR Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/5/18

Go Bowling at The Glen: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm (Watkins Glen International)

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TV: NBC

We make our first and only trip to New York for the Go Bowling at The Glen, an event that debuted in 1957 and has been one of the quicker races on the schedule over the years. You’ve been able to make your money in less than two and a half hours at this event in nine of the last 10 tries. We’ve produced the winner in each of the last three weeks, so let’s stay hot, folks.

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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Go Bowling at The Glen: NASCAR Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/5/18

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Kyle Busch - Putting together a card these days without Kyle Busch doesn’t make much sense. Busch not only won for us last week, but he’s finished fifth or better in eight of his last nine events overall. Busch is a two-time winner at this event and has finished eighth or better in nine of his last 10 appearances at the Watkins Glen International. Busch has finished outside of the top-10 just twice in his 13 appearances at this track overall. Yeah, I don’t think you need any more convincing. 

Martin Truex Jr. - The last time Martin Truex Jr. finished outside of the top-10, he won the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Even with his subpar showing last week, Truex has finished fourth or better in nine of his last 11 races and has won three of his last eight races. Truex is the defending champion at this event and has finished seventh or better in four of his last seven appearances overall at the Watkins Glen International. 

Joey Logano - Joey Logano has been quiet this season in terms of victories, but he has finished inside the top-10 in five of his last eight races. A bounce here or there, and Logano is sitting with more than one victory since last years GEICO 500. This could be the turnaround for Logano, as he’s finished runner-up or better in two of his last three appearances at the Watkins Glen International, which includes the win in 2015, and he’s finished seventh or better in five of his last seven appearances. Logano is probably a driver you can get with larger odds this week.

Denny Hamlin - I’ve included Denny Hamlin on the card the last couple of weeks and he’s done little to reward me. Hamlin has yet to win a race this year and has had trouble sniffing the top-10 with any consistency. The good news is that Hamlin won this race back in 2016 and finished fourth last year. Hamlin also has a runner-up finish at the Watkins Glen International back in 2007. There’s some history here in New York. I’ll give Hamlin one more shot before giving up on him the rest of the year.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski is another driver who hasn’t won a race this year and is coming off back-to-back finishes outside of the top-30. In fact, Keselowski has finished 32nd or worse in three of his last four races. But there’s some upside here, as Keselowski has finished seventh or better in five of his last seven appearances at the Watkins Glen International, which includes a three-year stretch of runner-up finishes in 2011-13. Few drivers have been as consistent as Keselowski in the Big Apple over the last decade. There’s a real chance Keselowski gets in the winners circle for the first time in a while.

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