<![CDATA[NASCAR RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Bojangles' Southern 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 9/3/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/09/03/bojangles-southern-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments After a week off, we make our first and only stop in South Carolina for the 2017 Bojangles' Southern 500, a race that debuted in 1950 and is often considered the oldest superspeedway race. This race is a little over 501 miles and has been won multiple times by 14 drivers with Jeff Gordon leading the way with six victories. Three of the last 10 races have finished in over four hours, so get comfortable if you’re betting this weekend. 

You guys know the drill by now.     

Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t…

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After a week off, we make our first and only stop in South Carolina for the 2017 Bojangles' Southern 500, a race that debuted in 1950 and is often considered the oldest superspeedway race. This race is a little over 501 miles and has been won multiple times by 14 drivers with Jeff Gordon leading the way with six victories. Three of the last 10 races have finished in over four hours, so get comfortable if you’re betting this weekend. 

You guys know the drill by now.     

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

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson hasn’t been in great form, finishing 11th or worse in eight of his last nine races. Johnson has either won or been irrelevant in most of his races this season. Well, Johnson has finished fourth or better in six of his last 11 appearances at the Darlington Raceway and has won this event twice with his most recent victory coming in 2012. If there was one race that could get Johnson on track before the playoffs, it would probably be this one.

Kyle Larson - While Kyle Larson hasn’t been on the same tear he was earlier this season, he’s still racking up top-10 finishes and being a factor. Even if you don’t think he can win, Larson’s consistency makes him tough to keep off the card. As for this week, Larson has three appearances at the Darlington Raceway and has never finished outside of the top-10. Larson also finished third in last years Bojangles' Southern 500. There’s enough here to consider Larson yet again.

Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin has been one of the most consistent drivers the last couple of months, finishing fourth or better in seven of his last 10 races. If that wasn’t enough to consider Hamlin, he’s finished sixth or better in six of his last seven appearances at the Darlington Raceway and runner-up or better four times in his career. Of course, Hamlin won the 2010 Showtime Southern 500. If anybody is a must-play this week, it’s Hamlin.

Kevin Harvick - Another driver who has had great success in South Carolina is Kevin Harvick, who finished runner-up last year and won the event in 2014. Overall, Harvick has finished fifth or better in his last four appearances at the Darlington Raceway and sixth or better in five of his last seven appearances. Harvick has also been in consistent form as of late, which makes him a really solid bet given his recent success in this event. 

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth is still looking for his first victory, but he’s been in great form the last month, producing top-10 finishes in five of his last six events. That bodes well for this week considering Kenseth has finished sixth or better in four of his last five appearances at the Darlington Raceway and won this event back in 2013. Kenseth has finished 10th or better in eight of his last 11 appearances in South Carolina overall. There’s a lot to like with the 45-year-old this week.

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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:09:32 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=92094
<![CDATA[Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/19/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/08/19/bass-pro-shops-nra-night-race-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our second and final trip to Bristol for the 2017 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, an event that debuted in 1961 and is 266.5 miles long. This event has produced 14 different multiple winners, and Darrell Waltrip leads the way with seven victories. We’re back in the winning column as well, giving out the winning driver the last two weeks, so let’s keep this thing going heading into the playoffs.

You guys know the drill by now.   

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

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We make our second and final trip to Bristol for the 2017 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, an event that debuted in 1961 and is 266.5 miles long. This event has produced 14 different multiple winners, and Darrell Waltrip leads the way with seven victories. We’re back in the winning column as well, giving out the winning driver the last two weeks, so let’s keep this thing going heading into the playoffs.

You guys know the drill by now.   

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

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth has top-10 finishes in four of his last five races, but he’s running out of time to get that victory for the first time this season. Good thing for Kenseth is that he’s one of five drivers to win this event at least three times, and he did finish fourth in this years first race in Bristol. Overall, Kenseth has finished in the top-10 in 10 of his last 16 appearances at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth has a great history on this track and has to feel his chances are good as anyone to win.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano has finished outside of the top-20 in his last three races, but Bristol is the perfect track to get him back in form. Logano has won this particular event twice, and he’s finished in the top-10 in seven of his last eight appearances at the Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, two of the last three winners at this event have been Logano. Overall, Logano has rarely had a bad showing on this track, so you can expect to get good value for your wager this week. 

Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick has quietly been putting together solid performances, finishing ninth or better in five of his last eight races. You can expect another good showing this week in Bristol. Harvick is not only the winner of last years two-day event, but he’s finished third or better in three of his last four tries at the Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, Harvick has 12 top-five finishes on this track throughout his career. Hard to make a card this week that doesn’t have Harvick on it.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch has had a really consistent season overall that includes a victory in Pocono and three straight top-10 finishes. Busch has crashed and burned in each of his last three appearances in Bristol, but he does have five career victories on this track and has finished runner-up three other times. Needless to say, Busch puts together some of his better performances at the Bristol Motor Speedway. There’s a decent chance Busch tastes victory lane for the second time this season. 

Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott is another driver looking for his first victory, but he has finished in the top-10 in seven of his last 11 events. Elliott is probably having the best season of anybody who hasn’t won a race yet. As for Bristol, Elliott has finished no worse than 15th in his three career appearances on this track, which includes finishes of fourth and seventh in the first race. Elliott is running out of time, and given his form and consistency in his limited appearances on this track, he’s worth a look this week.

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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:34:15 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91563
<![CDATA[Pure Michigan 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/13/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/08/13/pure-michigan-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our second and final trip to Michigan for the 2017 Pure Michigan 400, an event that debuted in 1969 and has been one of the quicker races the last few years. There have been 13 drivers who have won this event multiple times and David Pearson leads the way with five victories.

You guys know the drill by now. 

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

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth is running out of time to get his first victory…

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We make our second and final trip to Michigan for the 2017 Pure Michigan 400, an event that debuted in 1969 and has been one of the quicker races the last few years. There have been 13 drivers who have won this event multiple times and David Pearson leads the way with five victories.

You guys know the drill by now. 

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

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth is running out of time to get his first victory of the season, but he’s inching closer and closer with four straight top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish last week. Kenseth has also won this event twice in his career and has seven top-10 finishes in his last 14 appearances at the Michigan International Speedway. Kenseth has finished fifth or better in six of his last 12 appearances in the last Michigan race of the season. Have to like his chances to sniff victory lane.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson is going through his worst stretch of the season, finishing 23rd or worse in his last three races. However, Larson won the first Michigan race this year, won last years Pure Michigan 400 and finished third in last years FireKeepers Casino 400. Simply put, nobody has dominated Michigan the way Larson has the last two years. Not to mention Larson has been too consistent this year to stay in this funk too long. Have to put the 25-year-old on the card this week.

Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott is another driver looking for his first win of the season and returns to a track where he’s had some of his best performances. Elliott has raced at the Michigan International Speedway three times in his career and has finished runner-up all three times. Besides victory lane, it doesn’t get any better than that. Elliott is a must play this week, as there’s a good chance he finally wins his first NASCAR race of his career.

Martin Truex Jr. - We hit on Martin Truex Jr. last week to end our losing streak, and there’s good reason to play him again this week. First, Truex has finished third or better in four of his last five races. Also, Truex has finished third or better five times at the Michigan International Speedway and was sixth in this years FireKeepers Casino 400. Truex doesn’t have a win in Michigan, but he has given himself chances to win and given his current form, there’s no doubt he’ll be in the thick of things yet again this week.

Jamie McMurray - Jamie McMurray has had a really spotty season overall and is searching for his first victory since the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500. He’ll give himself a shot this week considering McMurray has posted four top-10 finishes in four of his last five appearances at the Michigan International Speedway. While the wins haven’t come for McMurray and he’s struggled the last month overall, Michgian has been his most consistent place over the years. If you’re looking for a longshot, McMurray may be your guy.

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Mon, 07 Aug 2017 02:51:21 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91050
<![CDATA[I Love New York 355 at The Glen: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/6/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/08/06/i-love-new-york-355-at-the-glen-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our first and only trip to New York this week for the 2017 I Love New York 355 at The Glen, which was known as the Cheez-It 355 last year. This is the last road course of the season and is only 90 laps long. This event debuted in 1957 and has seen seven drivers win multiple times with Tony Stewart leading the way with five victories.

You guys know the drill by now.          

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

Kyle Busch

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We make our first and only trip to New York this week for the 2017 I Love New York 355 at The Glen, which was known as the Cheez-It 355 last year. This is the last road course of the season and is only 90 laps long. This event debuted in 1957 and has seen seven drivers win multiple times with Tony Stewart leading the way with five victories.

You guys know the drill by now.          

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

Kyle Busch - I told you guys the second I leave Kyle Busch off the card after listing him damn near every week, he was going to win. Well, congrats to those who played him in Pocono. Anyway, Busch has won back-to-back races in each of the last two years, and he’s a two-time winner in New York with his most recent win coming in 2013. Busch has finished ninth or better in 10 of his last 11 appearances overall at the Watkins Glen International. Here goes…

Martin Truex Jr. - Few drivers have been as hot as Martin Truex Jr. the last month or so, as he’s finished third or better in three of his last four races and sixth or better in eight of his last 11 races. Truex could easily have six or seven victories under his belt this season. And while he doesn’t have a win in New York, Truex does have a top-10 finish in six of his last 10 appearances at the Watkins Glen International. Truex will be in the thick of things yet again.

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth is running out of time to get his first victory of the season, but he is inching closer with top-10 finishes in each of his last three races. Besides Chase Elliott, Kenseth is probably the best driver left who doesn’t have a victory. Well, you can expect Kenseth to give it another honest effort this week considering he has top-10 finishes in four of his last five appearances in New York, which includes a fourth-place finish back in 2015. It’s Kenseth’s time if the trend of first time winners continues to take place.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano has been up-and-down since his victory in Richmond, but he heads to a place he’s owned over the years. Logano won this event back in 2015 and was runner-up in last year’s New York race, so there’s a nice track record of him showing up in the Big Apple. In fact, Logano has finished no worse than seventh in five of his last six appearances at the Watkins Glen International. If there’s one driver to put on your card this week, it has to be Logano given his success in New York.

Brad Keselowski - Another driver who really enjoys New York is Brad Keselowski, who has finished runner-up in three of his seven appearances. Overall, Keselowski has finished seventh or better in five of his seven trips to the Watkins Glen International. When you add the fact Keselowski has finished in the top-10 in each of his last three races this season, he’s another must-play this week.

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Mon, 31 Jul 2017 03:05:37 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90510
<![CDATA[Overton's 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/30/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/07/30/overtons-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments After a complete mess last week, we make our second and final stop in Pennsylvania for the 2017 Overton's 400, a race that debuted in 1974 as the Pennsylvania 500. This event has produced 12 multiple winners and Bill Elliott leads the way with four victories.

You guys know the drill by now.        

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

Ryan Blaney - Ryan Blaney hasn’t had much recent success, finishing outside of the top-10 in…

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After a complete mess last week, we make our second and final stop in Pennsylvania for the 2017 Overton's 400, a race that debuted in 1974 as the Pennsylvania 500. This event has produced 12 multiple winners and Bill Elliott leads the way with four victories.

You guys know the drill by now.        

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

Ryan Blaney - Ryan Blaney hasn’t had much recent success, finishing outside of the top-10 in four of his last six races, but he did win the first race this season in Pocono and has finished 11th or better in all three of his appearances at the Pocono Raceway. Blaney has some of his better performances on this track, so he’s worth a look if want a long shot on this weeks card. 

Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin is in his best form of the season, and that includes a victory in New Hampshire. Now, Hamlin returns to a track where he’s won four races and has finished sixth or better 10 times. Hamlin is usually in the thick of things at the Pocono Raceway and there’s no reason to expect this week to be any different.

Kurt Busch - Another driver who likes Pocono is Kurt Busch, who has finished 10th or better in seven of his last nine appearances. Busch has two victories in this particular event and three victories here overall since the 2005 season. Busch hasn’t had much recent luck this season, but his history on this track suggests a turnaround. 

Matt Kenseth - It’s been the year of everybody getting at least one victory, so maybe it’s Matt Kenseth’s turn. Kenseth has finished fifth or better the last two weeks and has countless top-10 finishes this season but doesn’t have a victory since last years New Hampshire 301. In Pocono, Kenseth has finished 10th or better in four of his last five appearances, which includes a victory in the 2015 Windows 10 400. It seems like every week somebody is picking up their first win of the year, so Kenseth has to like his chances to finally end the drought.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano has enjoyed some of his best racing of the season, finishing eighth or better in three of his last six events. Logano should be able to produce another solid performance considering he’s finished fifth or better in three of his last six appearances at the Pocono Raceway. Logano could be in line for his second win of the season based on his current form.

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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:09:33 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90060
<![CDATA[Brickyard 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/23/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/07/23/brickyard-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our first and only trip to Indiana this weekend for the 2017 Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, an event that debuted in 1994 and usually produces extremely fast times. Over the years, there are five drivers who have won this event more than once and Jeff Gordon leads the way with five victories. It’s always a treat to race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

You guys know the drill by now.      

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

Jimmie…

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We make our first and only trip to Indiana this weekend for the 2017 Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, an event that debuted in 1994 and usually produces extremely fast times. Over the years, there are five drivers who have won this event more than once and Jeff Gordon leads the way with five victories. It’s always a treat to race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

You guys know the drill by now.      

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

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson has been in full struggle mode since his win in Dover, but he did show signs of life last week with a top-10 finish. Johnson is always capable of winning any race any given week regardless of his form, and he’s won this event four times, second-most ever. In fact, Johnson has finished third or better in five of his last nine appearances at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Even with his hiccups the last month, you have to consider Johnson this week given his history on this track.

Kyle Busch - Keeping Kyle Busch off the card is a habit that’s getting hard to break. Every week there’s a case to play Busch, and while he usually performs well, he hasn’t tasted victory lane yet this season. Most would give up, but that’s when the gambling gods would finally bless him. Despite coming up short, Busch has finished ninth or better in seven of his last 10 races. Busch is also the two-time defending champion at this event and has finished second or better in four of his last five appearances at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway overall. If Busch doesn’t win this week, I give up. 

Jamie McMurray - This has been the season of different winners, as there hasn’t been a whole lot of dominating from one or two drivers. With Denny Hamlin off the board last week, Jamie McMurray is probably the most consistent racer this year who still doesn’t have a victory. McMurray has been top-10 in seven of his last 11 races and was runner-up in Alabama. As for this track, McMurray won this event in 2010 and has four other top-10 finishes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The way this season has played out suggests that McMurray’s time is coming.

Clint Bowyer - Speaking of drivers who haven’t won this year, Clint Bowyer has gotten awfully close at times, especially the last month where he’s finished seventh or better in three of his last four tries. Of course, Bowyer has finished runner-up three times since Bristol. While his history in Indiana has been hit or miss, Bowyer has finished sixth or better three times, which includes a fourth place finish in his first appearance. Bowyer is worth a look this week if you’re looking for a dark horse.

Kyle Larson - While he has “just” two victories, Kyle Larson has been arguably the most consistent driver this season when you add his seven runner-up finishes. Larson has finished second in his last two races. If you’re a consistent NASCAR better, it’s almost gotten to the point where you play Larson every week due to his consistency. As for his three tries at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Larson has finished eighth or better each time, including fifth last year. It’s hard to pass up on Larson this week.

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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:28:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89592
<![CDATA[Overton's 301: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/07/16/overtons-301-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make one of two scheduled stops this week in New Hampshire for the 2017 Overton's 301. This event debuted in 1993 and will become the only NASCAR event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway starting next year. There have been five drivers who have won this event at least twice and Jeff Burton leads the way with three victories. 

You guys know the drill by now.      

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

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson…

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We make one of two scheduled stops this week in New Hampshire for the 2017 Overton's 301. This event debuted in 1993 and will become the only NASCAR event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway starting next year. There have been five drivers who have won this event at least twice and Jeff Burton leads the way with three victories. 

You guys know the drill by now.      

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

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson finished runner-up last week, which means he’s finished second or better in eight races this season. It’s almost stupid not to include Larson on your card every week given his ridiculous consistency all year long. As for this track, Larson has top-10 finishes in three of his six appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which includes a runner-up finish in the 2014 Sylvania 300. Everywhere you turn, Larson is giving himself a chance to win, and that makes him a solid play yet again. 

Kyle Busch - I’ve had Kyle Busch on my card a ton this season and he continues to come up short time and time again. However, Busch continues to give himself a chance to win and has finished ninth or better in seven of his last nine events. Busch is also a two-time winner in the Overton's 301 and has finished eighth or better in seven of his last eight appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. While he’s burned me on nearly every track this season, there’s still reason to include Busch on your card. 

Joey Logano - After a bit of a cold stretch once he won in Richmond, Joey Logano has gotten back on track with two top-10 finishes that includes an eighth spot in the Quaker State 400. Logano now has 10 top-10 finishes on the season overall. As for New Hampshire, Logano has finished fourth or better in four of his last five appearances on this track and that doesn’t include his victory in the 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301. If history is an indication of things to come, Lagano is in line for his second victory of the season.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson has either won a race or been a non factor, with very little in-between. Well, after finishing 40th last week and 36th in the Pocono, it’s about time Johnson gets back on track. Johnson is one of four drivers who has won this event twice, and has finished eighth or better in eight of his last 12 appearances overall at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. We’ve won every race this season when Johnson has hit victory lane and after some recent disappointments, you have to like his chances at a track he’s had a lot of success at over the years.

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth is not only the defending champion at this event, but he’s either won or finished runner-up in each of his last three appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Overall, Kenseth has finished ninth or better in seven of his last eight appearances in New Hampshire and its where two of his last three victories have come. Kenseth is one of those drivers who is still looking for his first win of the season, and given his history here, you have to love his chances to end the drought.

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Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:30:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89280
<![CDATA[Quaker State 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/8/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/07/08/quaker-state-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our first and only stop this season in Kentucky for the 2017 Quaker State 400. This event debuted back in 2011 and has been won by just three drivers. The Kentucky Speedway is also the only NASCAR track where a Chevrolet car has never won a race. 

You guys know the drill by now.    

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

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has had his struggles as of late, finishing 31st or worse in three…

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We make our first and only stop this season in Kentucky for the 2017 Quaker State 400. This event debuted back in 2011 and has been won by just three drivers. The Kentucky Speedway is also the only NASCAR track where a Chevrolet car has never won a race. 

You guys know the drill by now.    

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

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has had his struggles as of late, finishing 31st or worse in three of his last six races. However, Keselowski has been one of the more consistent drivers this season overall, and he’s won three of the six Quaker State 400s. In fact, Keselowski has finished seventh or better in five of his six appearances at the Kentucky Speedway. You can’t put together a NASCAR card this week and not include Keselowski.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch is the other driver who has enjoyed Kentucky, as he’s won two of the six Quaker State 400s, which includes the first one back in 2011. Busch has also finished no worse than 12th in all six of his appearances at the Kentucky Speedway. This is a driver we’ve backed a lot this season and he hasn’t produced a victory despite countless close calls and top-five finishes. If there was one more event to give Busch a chance, it would probably be this one this weekend.

Matt Kenseth - I hate to include the only three drivers who have won this event, but Matt Kenseth has been extremely consistent on this track. Of course, Kenneth won the Quaker State 400 in 2013, but he’s also finished no worse than eighth in all six of his appearances at the Kentucky Speedway. Kenseth is a driver who is looking for his first win of the season and his best finish was third in Atlanta. Given his history on this track, Kenseth is worth a play.

Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin has enjoyed possibly his best stretch of the season in which he’s finished eighth or better in four of his last six races. Hamlin is one of those drivers who is still looking for his first win of the season, and he has to like his chances considering he’s finished 12th or better in eight of his last 10 races. Hamlin has also finished third in two his six appearances at the Kentucky Speedway. There’s enough here to think Hamlin could become the 12th driver this season to win a race.

Clint Bowyer - Clint Bowyer has finished runner-up in each of his last two races and has finished third or better four times this season overall. Bowyer hasn’t won a race since the 2012 Bank of America 500 and has had little success in Kentucky, but it’s tough to bet against his current form, as he’s given himself a great chance to win the last two weeks. Here’s to Bowyer finally ending the drought.

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Sun, 02 Jul 2017 17:35:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88806
<![CDATA[Coke Zero 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/1/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/07/01/coke-zero-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our second stop of the season in Daytona for the 2017 Coke Zero 400, an event that debuted in 1959 and has seen 11 different drivers win it at least twice over the years. This is one of my favorite races of the season because it’s Daytona and it’s under the lights, which is always cool.

You guys know the drill by now.  

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

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - This…

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We make our second stop of the season in Daytona for the 2017 Coke Zero 400, an event that debuted in 1959 and has seen 11 different drivers win it at least twice over the years. This is one of my favorite races of the season because it’s Daytona and it’s under the lights, which is always cool.

You guys know the drill by now.  

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

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - This may the first time this season I’ve put Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the card and luckily for me he hasn’t won a race since Phoenix in 2015. The good news for Earnhardt fans is that he’s put together back-to-back top-10 finishes, easily his best stretch of racing in quite some time. Well, this will be Earnhardt’s last race in Daytona before he retires, so you know he's going to lay it all out there. Earnhardt has won this event twice in the past and has finished eighth or better in six of his last 11 appearances at the Daytona International Speedway overall. Here's to Earnhardt going out with a bang.

Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch is coming off a seventh place finish last week and has posted top-10 finishes in five of his last eight events. Busch also won this years Daytona 500 and has countless top-10 finishes at the Daytona International Speedway. In fact, 12 of Busch’s last 19 appearances on this track have resulted in top-10 finishes. Given his consistency and the fact he won here earlier in the year makes Busch a decent play.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has been one of the more consistent drivers this season, finishing sixth or better 10 times. In fact, Keselowski has finished outside of the top-10 just five times this season. Keselowski is also the defending champion in this event and has three other top-eight finishes in his relatively short career at the Daytona International Speedway. There’s also a history of drivers winning this event back-to-back years, which includes Tony Stewart, David Pearson and Fireball Roberts. I’ll take a stab with Keselowski this week.

Kyle Busch - We’ve had our fair share of winners this season, but Kyle Busch is the one guy who has burned us time and time again, and yet, I still keep putting him on the card. Busch has finished ninth or better in six of his last seven races and has been runner-up twice despite not getting a victory. Busch was runner-up in last years late Daytona race and did win the 2008 Coke Zero 400. Busch has also finished fifth or better in seven appearances at the Daytona International Speedway. He has to get a win at some point this season and his history at this track suggests this may be the week. Here we go again.

Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin has finished fourth in back-to-back races and has top-10 finishes in four of his last five overall. As for his history on this track, Hamlin of course won the 2016 Daytona 500, but he's also finished sixth or better in five of his last seven appearances at the Daytona International Speedway. There have been 11 different drivers who have won a race this season, so you simply have to play the odds here. Hamlin is in great form and has an impressive recent history on this track. Have to Florida native on the card for this one.

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<![CDATA[Toyota / Save Mart 350: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/25/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/06/25/toyota-/-save-mart-350-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our second and final stop in California for the 2017 Toyota / Save Mart 350, an event that debuted in 1989 and has seen six drivers win at least twice. Jeff gordon leads the pack with five victories while Tony Stewart won this event three times. The last seven races have finished well under three hours.

You guys know the drill by now.

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

Kyle Busch

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We make our second and final stop in California for the 2017 Toyota / Save Mart 350, an event that debuted in 1989 and has seen six drivers win at least twice. Jeff gordon leads the pack with five victories while Tony Stewart won this event three times. The last seven races have finished well under three hours.

You guys know the drill by now.

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

Kyle Busch - I’ve thrown Kyle Busch on the card quite a bit this season only to come up short, but we're talking about a driver who has finished ninth or better in five of his last six races. He’s inching closer and closer and bound to get a victory at some point. Well, Busch has won the Toyota / Save Mart 350 twice and did finish seventh last year. Busch has four top-10 finishes overall at the Sonoma Raceway. Here's to the 32-year-old finally getting his first victory of the season.

Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. has finished no worse than sixth in his last five races and has eight top-10 finishes in his last nine races overall. Few drivers have consistently been a threat to win a race the way Truex has been over the last few months. As for this event, Truex won the Toyota / Save Mart 350 in 2013 and was fifth last year. In his last six appearances at the Sonoma Raceway, Truex has finished eighth or better. There's a decent chance Truex wins his third race of the season here.

Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott is still looking for his first NASCAR victory of his career, but he did finish runner-up last week and has now posted three straight top-10 finishes. Elliott is experiencing some of his most consistent results of his young career and it's only a matter of time before he tastes victory lane for the first time. Elliott finished 21st in last years Toyota / Save Mart 350, so there's a small sample size and no success, but there's no doubting his current form overall. I’ll put Elliott on my card again in hopes he finally pops the cherry.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson seems to be in the winners circle or not much of a factor this season, but we’ve had him on the card every time he's won. So, we’re back to playing him this week. Johnson won this event back in 2010 and has finished ninth or better in seven of his last eight appearances at the Sonoma Raceway. Few have been as consistent on this track over the years as Johnson, so playing him this week is almost a no brainer.

Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin is another driver looking for his first win of the season, but he's finished eighth or better in three of his last four events. Hamlin has consistently put himself in the thick of the race and could easily have a few wins under his belt with a bounce here or a bounce there. Well, Hamlin was the runner-up in last years Toyota / Save Mart 350 and did finish fifth back in 2009. You combine the form of Hamlin and his hit or miss success on this track, and you have to consider him a decent threat to win this week.

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:04:02 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87921