We make our first and only trip to Illinois for the Camping World 400, a race that debuted in 2001 and seems to have a different name every other year. Either way, we returned to victory lane last week with Martin Truex Jr. cashing at +450 odds and three of our drivers finished sixth or better. It’s always nice to cash a ticket without sweating much, as we were good with Truex or Kyle Busch taking home a victory.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Will update with odds once they’re released.)
Kevin Harvick, +495 - Kevin Harvick is still looking for his first win of the season, but he’s consistently producing top-10 finishes, so we’ll continue to throw him on the card. Harvick is a two-time winner of this race and has finished fifth or better in five of his last eight appearances at the Chicagoland Speedway overall. Harvick has also won three races at this track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The drought may come to an end this week.
Brad Keselowski, +880 - Brad Keselowski seems to win a race once a month this season, so it feels like he’s due for his fourth win of the year. Keselowski is a two-time winner at this race and has finished no worse than ninth in his last eight appearances at the Chicagoland Speedway. Keselowski also won the 2011 Camping World 300 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Keselowski has a shot to join Tony Stewart as the only drivers to win this race three times.
Martin Truex Jr., +570 - Martin Truex Jr. has been kind to us a few times this year and there’s no reason to think he can’t win back-to-back races. Truex has won this race two of the last three years and is averaging is second place finish during that span. Recent history suggests Truex can win his fifth race in the last two and a half months.
Kyle Busch, +330 - Kyle Busch has been a regular in these articles and for good reason, as he’s finished fifth or better in 10 of the 16 races this year. Busch is the defending champion at this event and also won this race in 2008. Busch has won four races at the Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and five races here in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Busch should probably be the favorite this week given his consistency this year and what he’s done at this track throughout his career.
Denny Hamlin, +1980 - Denny Hamlin has been hit or miss this season, but he’s put together three straight solid runs and returns to a track where he’s had a ton of success. Hamlin won this race in 2015 and is averaging a finish of 4.8 in his last five appearances at the Chicagoland Speedway. Hamlin has finished eighth or better in seven of his last 10 trips at this track. I like Hamlin’s chances of winning a third race for the second time in the last four years.