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Toyota/Save Mart 350: NASCAR Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/23/19

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After a week off, we make our second and final trip to California for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. It’s one of there road course events and is one of the quicker finishes on the schedule as well. We hit during the FireKeepers Casino 400 with Joey Logano at +1050 odds.

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

Martin Truex Jr., +450 - Martin Truex Jr. has caught fire these past two months, which includes wins in three of his last seven races. You can expect the hot streak to continue with Truex winning this race last year and in 2015. Truex has finished fifth or better in three of his last six appearances at the Sonoma Raceway overall. Truex could become the first driver to win this race back-to-back years for the first time since Jeff Gordon in 1999-2000.

Kevin Harvick, +395 - Kevin Harvick has come close to tasting victory lane for the first time this season but continues to come up just short. The good news for Harvick is that he won this race in 2017 and has six top-five finishes here overall. In his last four appearances at this race, Harvick is averaging a finish of 3.25 and he’s finished sixth or better in five of his last nine trips overall. Harvick also has a couple of wins at the Sonoma Raceway in the Camping World Truck Series. Harvick has to be considered the favorite this week.

Kyle Busch, +660 - Kyle Busch seems to be back in that groove that he started the season with and will be going for his fifth win of the year this week. Busch is a two-time winner of this event and has finished no worse than seventh in each of his last four appearances. Busch’s history here and current form gives him a solid chance to become the third driver to win this event at least three times.

Kurt Busch, +1100 - Kurt Busch is still looking for his first win of the season but is coming off an impressive runner-up finish at the FireKeepers Casino 400. Busch should be able to build on that performance considering he’s put together top-10 finishes in seven of his last eight appearances at the Sonoma Raceway, and that includes a win here in 2011. Busch has top-10 finishes in 10 of his 18 appearances at this track all-time. He’s worth a look with these odds.

Jimmie Johnson, +2750 - Jimmie Johnson wasn’t able to build on back-to-back top-10 finishes and continues to be an afterthought in the betting market. Johnson is still worth consideration as a dark horse this week given his experience at the Sonoma Raceway and the fact he has nine top-10 finishes here, including a win in 2010. There’s a lot of quality drivers who either don’t have the experience on this track or just don’t have much success. Johnson has an edge this week and as long as he avoids a wreck, he should be able to give these odds a run for its money.

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