Since the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season started, we knew that the season would come down to Daytona International Speedway, but no one could have foreseen that by the 26th round, only one more ticket for the playoffs would remain on the table.
With 15 drivers already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, there is only one more ticket left, and the only way to grab it is by winning the Coke Zero Sugar 400. The stakes are high, and we have a perfect track to make the final race of the season a memorable one, but who will come out on top, and who is the best bet for the weekend race?
MyBookie brings you a free NASCAR Cup Series betting preview and prediction for the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400. In today’s NASCAR betting preview, we take a look at the main favorites to win the final race of the season and which underdogs you should consider betting on NASCAR Betting Odds.
NASCAR Betting Preview – Coke Zero Sugar 400
Drivers To Watch Out For
- When: Saturday, August 29
- Where: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Denny Hamlin is the betting favorite for this weekend race, and it’s not hard to see why. He was also expected to win the 2021 Daytona 500 and the 2021 Geico 500 but placed fifth and 32nd, respectively.
Despite his poor showings, the reasons behind the low odds on Hamlin are clear – he has won the 2019 and 2020 Daytona 500s and the second 2020 Talladega race. Before his crash on the first Talladega race, Hamlin has had a six-race, top-five streak.
Across his last 18 starts (since 2017), Hamlin has managed three wins, three top-three finishes, and nine top-fives. That might not seem like a lot; however, no other NASCAR driver has more than six top-fives during the same stretch.
Kevin Harvick failed to deliver last week at Michigan, which was quite shocking considering he has been the dominant driver on the track over the past several years. Regardless, the slip-up shouldn’t affect him too much as he looks ahead to the weekend race.
Harvick might have struggled on most course types this year, but he has earned a fourth-place finish in both the Daytona 500 and the first Talladega race, which should serve as a solid form guide for the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400.
Still, you have to acknowledge that Harvick might be a risky bet. In the ten races on this track (before that streak), he has only one other top-5 finish and two top-10s. He has also finished 14th in his last two starts in Indiana and Michigan, which isn’t optimal.
Nevertheless, Harvick has delivered on this track before and is a solid longshot bet at +1600.
Christopher Bell might seem like a surprise pick at +2000; however, he is an excellent longshot bet for the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 and the man to watch for those looking for a generous payday this weekend.
The 26-year-old moved to Joe Gibbs Racing, where he took over the no.20 car from Tony Stewart. Shortly after joining the new crew, Bell won at Daytona at the 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 and has recorded ten top-10 finishes on the season, including three top-fives.
Bell has also led 32 laps at the Daytona 500 and has performed well at Talladega this season, so you can be sure that he knows what it takes to take his Toyota car to the front this Saturday.