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NASCAR Picks: NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona Best Bets, Odds to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook

NASCAR Picks: NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona Best Bets, Odds to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook

The Daytona race in the summer was always wild. Now that it’s the playoff race, NASCAR has dumped fuel on the fire. Chaos looms and long shots are viable on Saturday night. As always, trust the spreadsheet, but trust your eyes too. Here are the best bets for the NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 in Daytona, which kicks off at 7pm ET on Saturday, August 27.


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Anyone can and everyone has won a plate race. Usually one of the drivers of the big team survives and wins. Even when the big boys win, the top 5 is often filled in by the center and back marks. Gamblers have two options: chasing a win or a top-5 finish from an underdog. The payouts are good and the odds are not bad.

Below is a list of the long shots with optimistic blurbs that defend their potential.

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Bubba Wallace (+1500)

His win in Talladega shouldn’t carry much weight, as it was a rain-shortened win. His four top-5 finishes at Daytona – a podium finish in the last two – make more sense as he has shown he can survive a full race and battle over the final laps.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (+2500)

He’s done it before and that’s important. Anyone can win a record race, but not everyone has won a record race. The difference is determination and the willingness to do what others don’t want to do. Ricky is not dirty, but he will do anything to win at Daytona or Talladega. Not every driver is willing to commit to this philosophy.

Brad Keselowski (+2500)

Team Penske’s equipment is better on medium and short circuits, but on the plate tracks, Keselowski’s RFK car is on par with his former employer’s cars. All the disadvantages Keselowski has suffered with his new team will disappear for a week. He is one of the best drivers ever and he needs a win on Saturday night to make the play-offs.

Austin Dillon (+3000)

It would be a surprise to see Dillon win during his terrible season. It was a surprise to see Dillon win the 2018 Daytona 500 during his terrible career.

Erik Jones (+3500)

His Summer Daytona race and preseason win came with JGR. He is no longer with JGR, but his Petty-GMS car has been competitive this season. Even when RPM was underfunded, they still brought quality cars to the record tracks.

Michael McDowell (+4000)

He won the 2021 Daytona 500 at +10000. Before a driver can finish first, he must finish first. McDowell has a top-15 finish in 11 of the last 13 Daytona races.

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Justin Haley (+10000)

Many of the Cup Series record track winners were Xfinity Series record track winners. Haley is a winner of the Xfinity and Cup Series record track. His cup win was a fluke, but a lightning-fast abbreviated race at Daytona in the summer isn’t the most random occurrence.

Ty Dillon (+10000)

Again, it looks like his career may be over. For all he knows, he could be a manager at his grandfather’s winery next year. If so, Saturday may be his last chance to win the Cup Series. Dillon manages to finish these races. He just needs to learn how to win one.

Corey Lajoie (+10000)

He’s a cold-blooded killer on the plate tracks. No one is more patient. Lajoie has a game plan and it has resulted in many near wins on the plate tracks. These chances are too long for a driver who is about to break through.

Daniel Hemric (+10000)

Kaulig Racing owns the plate tracks in the Xfinity Series. Why can’t they win a Cup Series race in Daytona? Hemric is a part-time driver who races to win, not a top-5 finish or a safe top-10.

Todd Gilliland (+15000)

Austin Cindric is a rookie and won the Daytona 500. Cindric drives for Team Penske, but Front Row Motorsports won the 2021 Daytona 500. Don’t count this rookie.

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