The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series shifts gears from Charlotte to Pennsylvania this weekend where Kevin Harvick is favored to top the podium at the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway.
Harvick is listed at +350 at online sportsbook Sportsbook followed by Kyle Busch at +400, Martin Truex Jr. at +600, Kyle Larson at +800, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski at +1150, Erik Jones at +1500, Kurt Busch at +1750 and Joey Logano at +2250 to round out the top 10.
Busch and Harvick continue to swap roles as favorite
In 13 races this season, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have been the favorites in 12 of them (Brad Keselowski being the other one). Busch is the most recent Sportsbook on the circuit, taking the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600 with odds at +300, and currently has a comfortable lead in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings.
Harvick, on the other hand, wrecked at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend after winning the all-star race the week prior. Since the all-star race has no bearing on the standings, Harvick will try to get back to the top of the podium which has become a regular occurrence for the driver of the Ford Fusion as he leads the circuit with five first-place finishes this season. While his odds at +350 aren’t the best value, it’s worth noting that in the seven races he’s been favored this year, he’s won four of them. He’s also currently the favorite to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship.
Can Ryan Blaney get his first win of the season?
Blaney was last year’s Sportsbook of the Pocono 400 and is currently listed at +1150 to repeat as the Sportsbook. No. 12 has six top-10 finishes this season with his best outing (third place) coming at Kansas Speedway at the KC Masterpiece 400. While the odds are attractive to back Blaney, it’s worth noting that a back-to-back Sportsbook hasn’t happened in this race since Jeff Gordon did it in 1996 and 1997.
Long shots and Dark horses
The elder Busch has finished in the top five for four straight seasons at Pocono Speedway, including a checkered flag in 2016. When you consider he’s finished in the top 10 in the last four races of the season, his odds become more enticing.
But it’s Logano who may have the best value when you factor in his consistency. No. 22 is second in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings with 10 top-10 finishes in 13 races this season and is gunning for his second win this year. He also won this race in 2012 so he shouldn’t be discounted at this track with Busch and Harvick getting all the headlines.