<![CDATA[NASCAR RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Toyota Owners 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/30/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/04/30/toyota-owners-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments Drivers have a short week after racing in Bristol on Monday due to a rain delay and now heading to Virginia for the 2017 Toyota Owners 400. The track is 300 miles long and has finished in over three hours in each of the last four races. There are 12 drivers who have won this race at least twice.

We have picked the winner in each of the last five NASCAR events, so let’s stay hot and keep pading that bankroll.

Here are five drivers to consider putting on this week's card. (Odds weren’t available when this article…

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Drivers have a short week after racing in Bristol on Monday due to a rain delay and now heading to Virginia for the 2017 Toyota Owners 400. The track is 300 miles long and has finished in over three hours in each of the last four races. There are 12 drivers who have won this race at least twice.

We have picked the winner in each of the last five NASCAR events, so let’s stay hot and keep pading that bankroll.

Here are five drivers to consider putting on this week's card. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch flopped last week with a 35th place finish in the Food City 500, and he has just three top-10 finishes this season overall. However, few drivers have owned the Richmond International Raceway like Busch, as he’s won this event four times with all four of his victories coming in four straight years. Richard Petty is the only driver to win the Toyota Owners 400 more times than Busch. Sometimes you have to put form on the backburner and trust history, which is why I’m giving Busch another shot this week.

Jimmie Johnson - I made a note last week that when Jimmie Johnson wins a race, he usually wins multiple for long stretches. Well, Johnson has won back-to-back races, which includes last week when he was given odds of +1000. No way I’m leaving Johnson off the card now, especially with him posting top-10 finishes in 50 percent of his last 10 tries at the Richmond International Raceway and that doesn’t include a win in the 2007 The Jim Stewart 400 and a few wins in the second race in Virginia. Johnson is in great form and usually strings wins together once he tastes victory lane. I’ll continue to ride the hot hand.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano finished fifth last week and has now posted top-five finishes in each of his last four races. To make things better heading into this week, Logano has posted top-10 finishes in each of his last six appearances at the Richmond International Raceway, and that includes a victory in the 2014 Toyota Owners 400. Phoenix is the only race this season where Logano hasn’t posted a top-10 finish and he's due for his first victory of the season. Given his form and his history on this track, Logano is a solid bet to get his first win of the year.

Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick is also a driver looking for his first win of the season, and he's posted top-five finishes in each of his last two races. In Richmond, Harvick has finished fifth or better in four of his last five appearances at the Richmond International Raceway and picked up a victory in the 2013 Toyota Owners 400. Harvick hasn't gone thing long without a victory since the 2012 NASCAR season, so he’s due. You have to like his chances here, especially given his form with his last two races.

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth finished fourth last week and has now racked up top-10 finishes in two of his last three races. Kenseth hasn’t had much success this season overall, but there’s no denying his recent form. There’s also no denying Kenseth’s success in Richmond, as he’s finished seventh or better in seven of his last nine appearances at the Richmond International Raceway and that includes a win in the 2015 Federated Auto Parts 400. It’s been awhile since Kenseth has won a race and he’s had a shaky start to the 2017 season, but we’re going to get big odds here and this feels like our Ryan Newman play a few weeks ago in the Camping World 500.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:10:45 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83977
<![CDATA[Food City 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/23/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/04/23/food-city-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments The NASCAR world takes a week off, but we'll end up going from Texas to Tennessee for the 2017 Food City 500, an event that debuted in 1961 and is just over 266 miles long. Of course, we’ve listed the winner in the last four NASCAR races, so we’re kind of hot right now and in a nice zone. Let’s keep the money train going, shall we?

Here are five drivers to consider throwing on your card once this event rolls around.

(Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)

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The NASCAR world takes a week off, but we'll end up going from Texas to Tennessee for the 2017 Food City 500, an event that debuted in 1961 and is just over 266 miles long. Of course, we’ve listed the winner in the last four NASCAR races, so we’re kind of hot right now and in a nice zone. Let’s keep the money train going, shall we?

Here are five drivers to consider throwing on your card once this event rolls around.

(Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)

Kurt Busch - It wasn’t long ago when Kurt Busch was a lock to win this event, as he has four victories here and finished third in the 2016 Food City 500. Busch has several top-10 finishes and has five career victories overall at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Just based off of his history, you have to consider Busch for your card this week. Also, Busch is coming off a 10th place finish last week, his best performance since finishing seventh back in Atlanta. Just like Jimmie Johnson last week, this is a track that can get Busch back on track and help him in the standings.

Kyle Busch - If we’re going to play Kurt due to his history, we have to play Kyle Busch as well. Busch has won this event three times with the most recent coming in 2011, and he has five career victories at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch didn’t perform well in the two races on this track last year, but his overall history is enough to forget those performances. As for his current form, Busch has two top-three finishes in his last four races and seems due for that real breakthrough performance as he seeks his first victory since the 2016 Brickyard 400. I’m playing both Busch’s this week.

Kyle Larson - After cooling off in the STP 500, Kyle Larson showed the world he’s still the most consistent threat anytime he takes the track. Larson has finished second or better in five of the last six races, proving that he’s the guy to beat nearly every week. It just doesn’t make much sense to not have Larson on your card until he shows signs of being human. As for his history here, Larson has finished 12th or better in three of his six appearances at the Bristol Motor Speedway, and that’s before he became this master racecar driver who finds himself fighting for a victory every week. The value may not be great with oddsmakers catching on, but Larson is too good to pass up regardless.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has finished sixth or better in each of his last six races, which of course includes a victory in the STP 500. Keselowski also won this event in 2012 and has two victories at the Bristol Motor Speedway overall. Even better, Keselowski has finished sixth or better in five of his last 11 appearances on this track. In a shorter sample size than other drivers, it’s clear Keselowski enjoys this track. Keselowski has been one of the more consistent drivers this season and should be on your card.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson was the last driver I put on my card last week and it paid off, so might as well do the same thing this week. Johnson won this event back in 2010 and has countless top-10 finishes at the Bristol Motor Speedway overall. But the real reason to play Johnson back-to-back weeks is his history of stringing wins together once he tastes victory lane. Johnson has won at least two NASCAR races in a row 11 times and the wins pile up rather quickly once he gets that first victory under his belt. Don’t be surprised if Johnson double dips this week.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:08:26 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82801
<![CDATA[O'Reilly Auto Parts 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/9/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/04/09/oreilly-auto-parts-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We leave Virginia to head to Texas for the 2017 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, a 500-mile race that debuted in 1997 and has taken well over three hours to finish. Of course, we’ve picked up where we left off last season and have picked the winner in each of the last three races. Last week Brad Keselowski hit with odds of +750.

So, let’s not waste anymore time.

NASCAR Fantasy Options For This Week

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We leave Virginia to head to Texas for the 2017 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, a 500-mile race that debuted in 1997 and has taken well over three hours to finish. Of course, we’ve picked up where we left off last season and have picked the winner in each of the last three races. Last week Brad Keselowski hit with odds of +750.

So, let’s not waste anymore time.

NASCAR Fantasy Options For This Week

Here are five drivers to consider betting on this week. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)

Kyle Busch - We had Kyle Busch on the card last week as well, and he finished second. Busch has finished no worse than eighth in his last three races and has seven top-10 finishes in his last 10 races overall. As for Texas, Busch is a two-time winner in this event and is the defending champion. In fact, Busch has finished fifth or better in his last five races at Texas Motor Speedway. He’s a must play again this week.

Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott is coming off a third place finish last week and has finished no worse than 12th in his last five races. In his two appearances at this track last year, Elliott posted a finish of fifth and fourth. As if that weren't enough, Elliott also has a victory in the 2014 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Elliott’s current form and history at Texas Motor Speedway makes him a nice play this weekend.

Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. has been hit or miss despite his win in Las Vegas and is coming off a 16th place finish in Virginia. However, Truex has four straight top-10 finishes at the Texas Motor Speedway and that doesn’t include a runner-up finish in the 2013 NRA 500. Truex is due for another solid performance and given his success on this track, it wouldn't be surprising if he’s in victory lane for the second time this season.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano won this race back in 2014 with an average speed of 134 miles per hour, which is the slowest since Greg Biffle won the race in 2005. Logano also has three top-five finishes in his last four appearances at Texas Motor Speedway, which includes a runner-up finish in last years AAA Texas 500. Logano has posted back-to-back top-five finishes and is still looking for his first win of the season. There’s a good chance it could take place this weekend.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson is still looking for his breakthrough moment this season after producing just one top-10 finish. The good news is Johnson won this race back in 2015 and has a long history of owning this track overall. Of course, Johnson has won the second race at the Texas Motor Speedway five times and has posted 11 top-10 finishes in his last 14 races there overall. This is one of those tracks that can turn Johnson’s season around and get him moving upward in the standings.

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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:18:17 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82121
<![CDATA[STP 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/2/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/04/02/stp-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments Another week, another winner, as we handed out Kyle Larson at 8:1 odds and he cashed, making us pretty profitable in NASCAR picks dating back to last season. But as we do at Sports Chat Place, we never settle, and this week we head to Virginia for the 2017 STP 500. This event debuted in 1950 and has produced 16 multiple winners with Richard Petty leading the way with nine victories.

You know the deal by now.

Here are five drivers to consider putting on your card this week. (Odds weren’t available when this article…

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Another week, another winner, as we handed out Kyle Larson at 8:1 odds and he cashed, making us pretty profitable in NASCAR picks dating back to last season. But as we do at Sports Chat Place, we never settle, and this week we head to Virginia for the 2017 STP 500. This event debuted in 1950 and has produced 16 multiple winners with Richard Petty leading the way with nine victories.

You know the deal by now.

Here are five drivers to consider putting on your card this week. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)

Joey Logano - Despite not earning a victory this season, you can argue no driver has been as consistent as Joey Logano, as he’s finished sixth or better in four of the first five races. Logano also finished 11th and ninth in the two races last season at the Martinsville Speedway. We’ve seen a different driver win each race this season, it might as well be Logano’s turn given his current form.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch won the STP 500 last season and has finished no worse than fifth in each of his last three appearances at the Martinsville Speedway. It doesn’t get much better than that, folks. Also, Busch’s time last season of 3:17 was the fastest finish in this event since Rusty Wallace won it in 1996. Busch also enters this week in decent form after putting together back-to-back top-10 finishes. Overall, his history here makes Busch a strong play.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson has been cold to start the 2017 season, but he returns to a track where he’s had a ton of success. Johnson won the last race at the Martinsville Speedway and has finished top-10 in seven of his last 11 appearances overall. In fact, Johnson is one of eight drivers to win the STP 500 at least three times. A victory here and Johnson joins only Petty, Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace to win this event at least four times. This is an event that can certainly get Johnson back on track.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has finished no worse than fifth in each of his last four races and of course has the victory in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. As if that wasn’t enough to put Keselowski on your card, he’s produced top-10 finishes in seven of his last 10 appearances at the Martinsville Speedway. That includes a runner-up spot in last years Goody's Fast Relief 500. Keselowski may be the favorite entering this race this week if I was setting the lines.

Kyle Larson - No driver has yet to win a race twice this season, but Kyle Larson could easily be entering this week with four straight victories under his belt. Of course, Larson has finished no worse than runner-up in his last four events and is fresh off a victory in California. Until Larson looks human, you have to put him on your card based off this insane stretch. And for his history on this track, Larson did finish third in last years STP 500 and has two other top-20 finishes at the Martinsville Speedway. Regardless of the odds, Larson is a solid threat to win anytime he takes the track at this point.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:49:45 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81629
<![CDATA[Auto Club 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/26/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/03/26/auto-club-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We continued our track record of handing out NASCAR winners, that dates back to last season, with Ryan Newman winning the Camping World 500 at 80-1 odds. You’re welcome. Just a humble brag. Now time to get back to work as we head to California for the 2017 Auto Club 400. A race that debuted in 1997 has seen four multiple winners and five of the last six races have finished under three hours.

Here are five drivers to consider for your card this week.

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

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We continued our track record of handing out NASCAR winners, that dates back to last season, with Ryan Newman winning the Camping World 500 at 80-1 odds. You’re welcome. Just a humble brag. Now time to get back to work as we head to California for the 2017 Auto Club 400. A race that debuted in 1997 has seen four multiple winners and five of the last six races have finished under three hours.

Here are five drivers to consider for your card this week.

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

Jimmie Johnson - The Cali kid Jimmie Johnson feels right at home when he takes this track, as he has won the Auto Club 400 three times since 2002 and is the defending champion with an average speed of 137 miles per hour. Johnson has also finished in the top-10 in 12 of his last 14 appearances at the Auto Club Speedway. Considering Johnson is also coming off his best finish of the season with a ninth place finish in Phoenix, you have to love his chances this week to get his first victory since winning the Ford EcoBoost 400.

Kyle Larson - Another person from Cali is Kyle Larson, and he’ll be motivated to finally get into victory lane this week. Larson has finished runner-up in each of the last three races and admitted it’s getting kind of annoying being so close but yet so short. In fact, Larson has finished third or better in five of his last six races, and his 12th place finish in Daytona was a lot closer than his finish indicates. Larson was also runner-up in the 2014 Auto Club 400, his first NASCAR appearance on this track. This may be the week he finally gets the victory, making him a must play.

Clint Bowyer - Clint Bowyer doesn’t have many recent impressive showings at the Auto Club Speedway, but he does have seven top-10 finishes on this track overall. Bowyer has also been rather consistent recently, finishing 13th or better in each of his last three races. Consistency and good form is the key when looking to land a long shot. Like Newman last week, Bowyer is probably a driver who is running well and you can get with big odds as a nice value play.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch won the Auto Club 400 in 2013 and 2014 and is the only driver to win this event back-to-back years. Busch has four top-five finishes in his last five appearances at the Auto Club Speedway overall. Busch is also coming off his best finish of the season in which he led 114 laps in Phoenix and settled for third place. Given his history on this track and the way he looked last week, Busch has a good chance to become the fourth driver to win this event three times.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano had a chance to win in Phoenix if it wasn’t for pit penalties and a wreck that left him with a 31st spot. Always next week, huh? Logano has still finished in the top-10 in nine of his last 10 races and has finished seventh or better in three of his last four races at the Auto Club Speedway. Logano has consistently put himself in the running for the last year or so, and I’m sure he’d love to get his first victory in the state of California. This is a race he could win and is certainly worth a look given his overall form.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:26:31 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81164
<![CDATA[Camping World 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/19/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/03/19/camping-world-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head to Phoenix, Arizona this week for the Camping World 500, a race that debuted in 2005 and has produced two multiple winners. The last three races in this event have been decided in under three hours, making this a race that you can quickly make some money and move on about your day.

Here are a few racers to consider throwing on your card this week.  

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

Kevin Harvick - You can’t have a NASCAR card this week and…

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We head to Phoenix, Arizona this week for the Camping World 500, a race that debuted in 2005 and has produced two multiple winners. The last three races in this event have been decided in under three hours, making this a race that you can quickly make some money and move on about your day.

Here are a few racers to consider throwing on your card this week.  

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

Kevin Harvick - You can’t have a NASCAR card this week and not have Kevin Harvick on it. Harvick has won the last three Camping World 500 events and has won six of his last nine races at the Phoenix International Raceway. There aren’t many drivers who have dominated a track year after year the way Harvick does in the desert. Harvick is worth a play regardless of what the odds are based on history.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Another driver who enjoys Phoenix is Dale Earnhardt Jr., as he’s produced top-10 finishes in six of his last seven appearances at the Phoenix International Raceway and is one of two drivers to beat Harvick during his winning stretch on this track. Sure, Earnhardt isn’t off to a great start, but that’s likely just rust from missing half the season last year. This is a track to get him back on track. I like Earnhardt this week for his best showing of the season so far.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson has been runner-up in the last two races and could have won the Daytona 500 as well. Larson has now finished 12 or better in 11 of his last 16 races, making him one of the more consistent drivers currently. Larson has also finished 13th or better in four of his six NASCAR races at the Phoenix International Raceway. This could be the track that produced a win instead of another second place finish.

Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott has back-to-back top-five finishes and would have won the Daytona 500 if he didn’t run out of fuel. Elliott also finished in the top-10 in both races in Phoenix last season. What’s not to like with the 21-year-old who is still looking for his first NASCAR victory? Elliott is in fine form out of the gate and returns to a track he looked very sharp on as a rookie.

Ryan Newman - Ryan Newman has finished 12th or better in six of his last seven races in Phoenix, which includes a third place finish in 2015. Newman obviously isn’t off to a great start to the season and hasn’t come close to a win in a while, but this is a guy who has a consistent history on this track and is somebody you will get with massive odds. If you’re about betting value like I am, the 39-year-old is worth a few dollars thrown his way.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:46:04 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=80750
<![CDATA[Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/5/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/03/05/folds-of-honor-quiktrip-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses-3/5/17#comments We missed out on picking a winner last week thanks to a million wrecks that knocked some of our top contenders. Now isn’t the time to hold our head down one week into a long season, as we head to Atlanta for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Here are a few racers to consider throwing on your card this week.

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

Jimmie Johnson - You’d be crazy not to include Jimmie Johnson on your card this week considering he’s won this event each…

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We missed out on picking a winner last week thanks to a million wrecks that knocked some of our top contenders. Now isn’t the time to hold our head down one week into a long season, as we head to Atlanta for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Here are a few racers to consider throwing on your card this week.

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

Jimmie Johnson - You’d be crazy not to include Jimmie Johnson on your card this week considering he’s won this event each of the last two seasons. Johnson has won this event four times overall and his 3:15 finish last year was the fastest time since Kurt Busch in 2002. To make matters even better, Johnson has top-five finishes in five of his last seven appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson is a must play this week.

Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. had an OK 13th place finish last week, but he now heads to the Atlanta Motor Speedway where he’s finished seventh or better in four of his last five appearances. This is a great chance for the Truex to make up some lost ground in the standings. It’s all about consistency and it’s quite clear Truex gives some of his best appearances when on this track.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano had a chance to cash our ticket last week but fell apart in the last 20 laps or so and finished sixth. Logano still has seven straight top-10 finishes dating back to last season and has finished no worse than 11th in 15 of his last 16 races. Logano has finished no worse than 14th in his last four appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Ryan Blaney - Ryan Blaney had a great chance at his most successful moment of his young career but had to settle for a second place finish in the Daytona 500. If Blaney can put what could have been behind him, this track should favor him and provide a decent chance at his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch is fresh off the Daytona 500 victory and heads into a place where he’s had considerable success as well. Busch won this event back in 2002 and has finished in the top-10 in six of his last nine appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch hasn’t won back-to-back races since 2002, but given his history on this track, you have to like his chances to end that drought.

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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:06:16 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78641
<![CDATA[Daytona 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/26/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/02/26/daytona-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We’re so close to starting the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, which means time to start looking for value on the handicapping board. We start with the Daytona 500, often considered the Super Bowl of auto racing. The race has seen a different winner in each of the last seven years, so there’s value out there if you look hard enough.

Those who have followed along know I was money last season often including the winner in one of my five picks. Here’s to another great season.

Here are some racers to consider throwing…

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We’re so close to starting the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, which means time to start looking for value on the handicapping board. We start with the Daytona 500, often considered the Super Bowl of auto racing. The race has seen a different winner in each of the last seven years, so there’s value out there if you look hard enough.

Those who have followed along know I was money last season often including the winner in one of my five picks. Here’s to another great season.

Here are some racers to consider throwing on your card for this years Daytona 500.

Denny Hamlin - We had Denny Hamlin on our card last year with +1100 odds and it paid off. This year, you can get Hamlin with odds of +1200. Hamlin has finished fourth or better in his last three Daytona 500s and sixth or better in five of his last six races at the Daytona International Speedway overall. Sure, no driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s since Sterling Marlin in 1994-95, but you can’t argue with the consistency here and the chances to make 12 times your money.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. should be very motivated for the Daytona 500 after finishing 36 last year and then missing nearly half the season due to a concussion. Even with that disappointing finish, Earnhardt has finished third or better in four of his last five Daytona 500s, which includes a victory in 2014. Earnhardt is certainly going to be in the mix given his history and it’s hard to bet against him when he’s eager to start off strong. I’ll take odds of +785 here.

Ryan Newman - Looking at some of the longer shots, you can get Ryan Newman with odds of +5500. Newman had a strong finish to last season by finishing 16th or better in six of his last seven races and had his chances to win the Bank of America 500. As for the Daytona 500, Newman finished 11th last season, won it in 2008 and has finished 11th or better in five of his last nine appearances at the Daytona International Speedway. Newman hasn’t won a race since 2013, but these odds provide some nice value.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 in 2015 and has finished no less than 11th in each of his last three appearances. Overall, Logano has finished inside the top-20 in his last five appearances at the Daytona 500. Few drivers also finished last season like Logano, as he racked up six straight top-10 finishes to end the year. If Logano can stay in that form, he’ll have a great chance to become the 12th driver to win this race more than once. I have to back Logano and ods of +950.

Daniel Suarez - Daniel Suarez may be a 25-year-old rookie on the biggest stage in his first race, but once you see his history and odds of +2750, you’ll be keeping an eye on him all season. Suarez produced 44 top-10 finishes in 67 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and 17 top-10 finishes in 26 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Suarez has also raced on the six times and has finished in the top-15 50 percent of the time, so this shouldn’t be anything new for him. Suarez is a driver who can quickly turn some heads and by quickly, I mean the first race.

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:37:53 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=76331
<![CDATA[New Hampshire 301: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/17/16]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/07/17/new-hampshire-301-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head to Loudon this weekend for the New Hampshire 301, a race that debuted in 1993 and is a little over 318 miles long.  We’re getting closer and closer to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, so it’s show and prove time for everybody in the standings.

Here are some racers to consider for the 2016 New Hampshire 301.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t had his best season and has finished outside of the top-10 in four straight races. However, Earnhardt has four top-10 finishes in his last five…

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We head to Loudon this weekend for the New Hampshire 301, a race that debuted in 1993 and is a little over 318 miles long.  We’re getting closer and closer to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, so it’s show and prove time for everybody in the standings.

Here are some racers to consider for the 2016 New Hampshire 301.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t had his best season and has finished outside of the top-10 in four straight races. However, Earnhardt has four top-10 finishes in his last five appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which includes a fifth place finish in last years 5-hour Energy 301. It’s only a matter of time before Earnhardt gets back on track, and it might as well come on a track he’s very familiar with and has had success at throughout his career.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski looks to win his third straight race, and he has a solid chance given his history in New Hampshire. Keselowski has finished no worse than 12th in his last nine appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and that includes a victory in the 2014 Camping World RV Sales 301 and a runner-up finish in last year's 5-hour Energy 301. Keselowski should be on your card anyway given his current hot streak, but his history on his track makes him that stronger of a play this week.

Jamie McMurray - Jamie McMurray is coming off a solid seventh place finish last week and has two top-10 finishes in his last four races. McMurray is probably in his best form all season, which is why he’s worth a look this week. In five of his last six races at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, McMurray has finished 16th or better, which includes a fourth and fifth place finish in the 2014 and 2013 Sylvania 300. It’s been awhile since McMurray has won a Sprint Cup race, but i like his form and his recent history on this track.

Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin has been hit or miss since winning the Daytona 500, but he’s bound to be a hit after some rocky finishes the last couple of weeks. There’s probably nobody who enjoys the New Hampshire Motor Speedway more than Hamlin, who has a top-10 finish in seven of his last 13 appearances, which includes a runner-up finish in last years Sylvania 300 and a victory in the 2012 Sylvania 300. Hamlin holds the track record with an average finish of 8.9.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson continues to hold his own and now has 32 top-10 finishes in just three full seasons of Sprint Cup racing. Larson has yet to get his first victory, but he is returning to a track where he’s done well in the past. In just four races at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Larson has finished third or better in two of those contests. Larson also has a respectable finish in last years Sylvania 300. Larson has been about as consistent as you can find and victory lane isn't too far behind for the 23-year-old. I’ll take a shot here given his success in such a short span.

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Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:39:28 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=50757
<![CDATA[Toyota/Save Mart 350: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/2616]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/06/26/toyota/save-mart-350-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses-6/2616#comments After a week off, we now head to California for the 2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350, a track that is very unique and can frustrate drivers at times. Even with the odd track, six drivers have won this race at least twice, with Jeff Gordon leading the way with five victories.

It should be a fun event with all the twists and turns.

Here are a few drivers to consider having on your card for the 2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Joey Logano - Why not ride the hot hand after Joey Logano…

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After a week off, we now head to California for the 2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350, a track that is very unique and can frustrate drivers at times. Even with the odd track, six drivers have won this race at least twice, with Jeff Gordon leading the way with five victories.

It should be a fun event with all the twists and turns.

Here are a few drivers to consider having on your card for the 2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Joey Logano - Why not ride the hot hand after Joey Logano picked up his first victory in quite some time at the FireKeepers Casino 400. Logano has to be confident with the victory and the fact he’s finished ninth or better in his last three races. As for this course, Logano finished fifth in last years Toyota/Save Mart 350 and has finished no worse than 16th in his last five races at the Sonoma Raceway. We saw last year that Logano knows how to string wins together once he gets going. He has to be on your card this week.

Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch has been very consistent this season with nine straight top-10 finishes, which includes a recent victory at the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400. Busch won this course back in 2011 and was runner-up in last years Toyota/Save Mart 350. In fact, Bush has finished fourth or better in four of his last five races at the Sonoma Raceway. Busch is as safe as a bet you can get the week.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson is still looking for his first Sprint Cup victory at just 23 years old, and he seems to getting closer and closer to victory lane. Larson was runner-up at the AAA 400 Drive for Autism and finished third FireKeepers Casino 400. Larson has been pretty consistent as of late and did have a solid 15th place finish last year in just is second try on the Sonoma Raceway. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before Larson wins a race. Why not this week?

Ryan Blaney - Speaking of consistency, Ryan Blaney has racked up top-10 finishes in four of his last six races and was in the middle of the pack for majority of the FireKeepers Casino 400. Blaney is clearly starting to find his rhythm in his first full season and is doing a lot more than just showing up as he’s currently 16th in the Drivers' Championship. It may be a bit much to ask him to win on his first appearance at the Sonoma Raceway, but there’s no doubt Blaney is in great form right now.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson won this race back in 2010 and has finished no worse than ninth in his last seven appearances at the Sonoma Raceway. Johnson has kinda fallen off a bit after such a hot start to the 2016 season, but there's no doubt it’s only a matter of time before he gets back on track. Johnson usually performs well in California and has a long history of owning this race track. Johnson is a strong play this week give his string of top-10 finishes.

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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:29:05 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=49176