<![CDATA[NASCAR RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![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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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:58:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88383
<![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
<![CDATA[FireKeepers Casino 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/18/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/06/18/firekeepers-casino-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We make our first of two scheduled stops in Michigan for the 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400, an event that debuted in 1969 and has seen Cale Yarborough win a record six times. There have been 11 drivers to win this event at least twice, and the last 13 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.)

Kevin Harvick

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We make our first of two scheduled stops in Michigan for the 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400, an event that debuted in 1969 and has seen Cale Yarborough win a record six times. There have been 11 drivers to win this event at least twice, and the last 13 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.)

Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick is still looking for his first win of the season and has inched closer and closer, which includes a runner-up finish last week. Harvick has now posted four straight top-10 finishes and has finished third or better three times. As for this event, Harvick finished fifth last year and has finished fifth or better in seven of his last eight appearances at the Michigan International Speedway. This is a great track for Harvick to finally find victory lane.

Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott is another driver looking for his first victory, and he's looking for the first win of his career. Elliott has back-to-back top-10 finishes and has finished 10th or better in eight races this season overall. While his history on this track is short, Elliott did finish runner-up in both appearances at the Michigan International Speedway last year. Given his current form and his small sample size of success in Michigan, Elliott is a strong play this week.

Matt Kenseth - Another driver looking for his first win of the year is Matt Kenseth, a driver who has finished 12th or better in his last four races. Kenseth is finally showing signs of consistency over the last month and could be ready to make a strong push towards victory lane. Of course, Kenseth has won three races at the Michigan International Speedway and has top-10 finishes in seven of his last 13 appearances here overall. Kenseth is a nice play this week given his history on this track.

Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch had his chances to win last week before falling behind and having to settle for fourth place. Busch has still finished eighth or better in four of his last six races and could easily have three or four wins under his belt this season. As for Michigan, Busch has won this event twice and has several top-10 finishes on this track overall. Busch has a great chance to win his first race since the Daytona 500 and can become the fifth driver to win this event at least three times.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano has really fallen off the map since his victory in the Toyota Owners 400, as he's finished no better than 21st in his last five races. The good news is Logano did win the FireKeepers Casino 400 last year and has finished 10th or better in each of the last eight appearances at the Michigan International Speedway, which also includes a win in the 2013 Pure Michigan 400. Logano really enjoys Michigan, and there's a history of drivers winning this race multiple times including Denny Hamlin, Davey Allison, Bill Elliott, David Pearson and Cale Yarborough. Logano gets back on track this week.

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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:29:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87456
<![CDATA[Canadian Grand Prix: Formula One Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/11/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/06/11/canadian-grand-prix-formula-one-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head to Quebec, Canada this week for the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix, an event that debuted in 1961 and has become one of the bigger events on the Formula One schedule. The race is just under 190 miles and will be held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

We’ve had great success with Nascar, so let’s try our hand in Formula One and find another event to hand out winners.

Here are five drivers to consider for this week’s card.

Lewis Hamilton - I always try to find longshots…

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We head to Quebec, Canada this week for the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix, an event that debuted in 1961 and has become one of the bigger events on the Formula One schedule. The race is just under 190 miles and will be held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

We’ve had great success with Nascar, so let’s try our hand in Formula One and find another event to hand out winners.

Here are five drivers to consider for this week’s card.

Lewis Hamilton - I always try to find longshots and dark horses for these articles, but you can't put together a Formula One card without Lewis Hamilton, who has won this event five times with the most recent victory coming in 2007. Not to mention Hamilton has won six of the last 10 races overall. We’re not getting a big payout with +120 odds, but there's a reason the guy is a big favorite. Hamilton has owned this track over the years and has a shot to catch Michael Schumacher all time.

Sergio Perez - As I look for longshots, I’ll try my hand with Sergio Perez and odds of +50000. The Monaco Grand Prix was the first time this season and was actually the first time since the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix Perez didn't have a top-10 finish. Perez is still looking for the first Formula One victory of his career, but he's proven to always be in the thick of things, giving himself a chance at a win. With these odds, you have to throw a few dollars his way.

Daniel Ricciardo - Daniel Ricciardo was the last driver to win the Canadian Grand Prix not named Hamilton, as his victory came in 2014. That makes odds of +600 encouraging if you're looking for a reasonable payout. Ricciardo finished seventh in last years Canadian Grand Prix and heads into this week in great form after back-to-back finishes of third place.

Max Verstappen - Max Verstappen is still looking for his first victory since the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, and he’s had his chances this season with many solid showings and nail biting races. Verstappen finished fifth in the Monaco Grand Prix and has finished fifth or better in each of his last nine races. As for the Canadian Grand Prix, Verstappen finished fourth last year and 15th in his first appearance on this track in 2015. Considering he's improved his finish in each year, Verstappen and odds of +2500 are worth a look.

Romain Grosjean - Romain Grosjean is coming off one of his better showings in the Monaco Grand Prix, which he finished eighth, and he now has three straight top-10 finishes. Grosjean is running a really solid race car, as he's been consistently in the middle of the pack and seems due for a true breakout performance. Grosjean does have a couple top-10 finishes at the Canadian Grand Prix, which includes a runner-up finish in 2012, his first appearance in this event. When you're getting +100000 odds, you might as well try it given what he's shown on this course in a limited time.

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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 02:33:31 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87075
<![CDATA[Pocono 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/11/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/06/11/pocono-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We take one of two scheduled trips to Pennsylvania for the 2017 Pocono 400, an event that debuted in 1982 and has seen eight multiple winners over the years. Three of the last four races have finished under three hours, so this is a quick chance to make some money on a Sunday afternoon.

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.)

Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch hasn't…

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We take one of two scheduled trips to Pennsylvania for the 2017 Pocono 400, an event that debuted in 1982 and has seen eight multiple winners over the years. Three of the last four races have finished under three hours, so this is a quick chance to make some money on a Sunday afternoon.

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.)

Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch hasn't had many great finishes this season, as he's finished 19th or worse in three of his last six races, which includes a 37th spot in Dover last week. However, Busch did win this event last year and has finished seventh or better in his last six appearances at the Pocono 400. Overall, Busch has top-10 finishes in eight of his last 11 appearances at the Pocono Raceway. I have to have Busch on the card this week given his history on this track.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson has been good to us when we've thrown him on the card, as he's won three of the last seven races. Might as well go with him again. Johnson is a two-time winner at the Pocono 400 and has finished seventh or better in 12 of his last 19 appearances overall at the Pocono Raceway. I said before that Johnson usually strings several wins in a short span once he tastes victory lane. Well, he's done just that. Johnson appears to be a must play every week until he cools off at some point.

Ryan Newman - Ryan Newman had a chance to give us another big payout last week before falling short and settling for fourth. Either way, Newman has posted back-to-back top-10 finishes and looks better than we've seen him in quite some time. As for this track, Newman has finished 12th or better in 11 of his last 13 appearances at the Pocono Raceway, and that doesn't include a victory in the 2003 Pennsylvania 400. I like Newman’s form right now, and I’ll take another stab at what should be a monster payout.

Jamie McMurray - Jamie McMurray doesn't necessarily have much success in Pocono, but he does have seven top-10 finishes on this track overall. I’m simply playing McMurray because of his form, as he finished seventh last week in Dover and has put together top-10 finishes in five of his last seven races. McMurray is arguably the best driver this season without a victory yet, and he's surprisingly looking for his first win in four years. Here's to ending that streak.

Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. has finished no worse than third in each of his last three races, which obviously includes the win in Kansas. There's not a driver right now in better form than Truex, who has top-10 finishes in seven of his last nine races. As for his history here, Truex did win the Pocono 400 in 2015 and was third back in 2007. Truex has made it very clear that he's the most consistent driver on the track right now, so leaving him off a card at the moment doesn't make much sense if you're searching for a winner.

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<![CDATA[AAA 400 Drive for Autism: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/4/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/06/04/aaa-400-drive-for-autism-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments After a long, draining Coca-Cola 600, we pack our bags for one of two scheduled stops in Delaware for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. This race debuted in 1969 when Richard Petty won in two and a half hours when the event was just 300 miles. It’s increased to 400 miles and has since seen 11 different drivers win at least twice.

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.)

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After a long, draining Coca-Cola 600, we pack our bags for one of two scheduled stops in Delaware for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. This race debuted in 1969 when Richard Petty won in two and a half hours when the event was just 300 miles. It’s increased to 400 miles and has since seen 11 different drivers win at least twice.

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 - Nobody enjoys Dover more than Jimmie Johnson, as he's won this particular race five times, which is tied for the most ever with Bobby Allison, and he has five victories in the fall Delaware race. Johnson has cooled off a bit after back-to-back victories this season, but it's tough to argue with his history on this track, especially when he's won two of the last three Drives for Autism. Its also worth mentioning JJ would have won last week if he didn’t run out of gas. He’ll probably be the favorite but the wager is well worth it given his history.

Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. probably should have won the last two races, as he simply ran out of time Sunday night. Truex has had the best car the last two weeks and now heads to a track where he's produced a top-10 finish in eight of his last 12 appearances. Truex won this event back in 2007 and won last years Citizen Soldier 400. Truex has finished ninth or better in his last three AAA 400 Drive for Autism appearances. Hard to bet against him in his current form.

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth is the defending champ on this track and has won the AAA 400 Drive for Autism three times overall. Kenseth also has a history at the other Dover race and has finished seventh or better in nine of his last 12 appearances at the Dover International Speedway overall. Kenseth has not won a race since last year's New Hampshire 301, but he did finish fourth last week and has had his chances to sniff victory lane. I have to play Kenseth this week.

Ryan Newman - I’ve faded Ryan Newman since we won with him at 80-1 odds, as I figured not to push my luck. Well, Newman did have a top-10 finish last week and has finished 14th or better in three of his last five races. As for Dover, Newman did win this event back in 2003 and has 13 top-10 finishes at the Dover International Speedway for his career. Newman is getting some of his best results we've seen from him in a while, so I’ll go ahead and give him another go at a track he's very familiar with and has had success.

Kurt Busch - Kyle Busch has come close for us many times this year but can’t finish the deal, so let’s try our hand with Kurt Busch. Hes produced top-10 finishes in three of his last four races and finished fifth in last years AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Busch has nine top-10 finishes at the Dover International Speedway overall for his career, which includes a victory in the 2011 AAA 400. If you're looking for a longshot with a guy who is in good form, the 38-year-old from Las Vegas may be your guy.

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