Kevin Harvick is a Considerable Favorite at Darlington Following His Win on Sunday
For the second time in four days, the kings of NASCAR will compete at Darlington Raceway. The NASCAR Cup Series will hold one more event at ‘The Lady in Black’ before moving to Charlotte this weekend for two more races. According to NASCAR, the event has been pushed up to 6:00 p.m. ET with rain in the forecast but delays could occur. Darlington, located in South Carolina, doesn't have legal online sports betting reports from sportshandle.com believe the conversation could be had in the near future.
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- When: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
- Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
- Where: Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina
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- TV: Fox Sports 1, FOX Sports Go
- Track History Numbers: RotoGrinders Data
Oddsmakers at BetMGM sportsbook have made Kevin Harvick the NASCAR Betting Odds favorite for Wednesday's race under the lights. The driver of the No. 4 car secured his 50th career victory during NASCAR’s return to action on Sunday, so he will be the top dog that every other team is looking to take down. However, he will be starting 20th in this race due to NASCAR’s decision to have the top 20 finishers from the last race start in reverse order from their finish.
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Kevin Harvick won his first race of the season this past weekend, and he is now 18 points ahead of Alex Bowman in the NASCAR Cup Series standings. He is the only driver to finish in the top ten in every race thus far this year, speaking to his level of consistency, and he led the most laps on Sunday. However, you can’t bet him at this price given that he is starting 20th. While Sunday’s event was a 400-mile race, Wednesday’s event is a shade over 500 kilometers, meaning that there will be 65 fewer laps. That makes it even more difficult to make a run from the middle of the pack.
Alex Bowman is now in second place in the season standings following his second-place finish on Sunday. Bowman secured almost as many points as Harvick from the race by finishing in the top three in both Stage One and Stage Two. He started in the No. 2 hole, but he will start 19th this week, and he may find it difficult to weave his way to the front of the pack even though he has a good car. A Top-Five finish prediction is expected by some Vegas Experts but I'm not sold on the #88 car here.
The NASCAR Betting Odds favorite to win Sunday’s race was Kyle Busch. Last year’s NASCAR Cup Series champion started in the fourth position, but he finished a lap behind in 26th place. He had finished in the top three in his last two races before the two-month hiatus, yet he has not claimed a victory this season. He sits in 14th place after disappointing performances in Daytona and Las Vegas. Busch will start 26th on Wednesday night, so it’s not worth wagering on him at this price.
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Brad Keselowski is worthy of a wager at odds of +850 at BetMGM though. Keselowski was in the top five in Stage One of Sunday’s event, and he won Stage Two over Bowman before finishing the race in 13th. This was the second straight race in which Keselowski won Stage Two, so he could really benefit from fewer laps. Additionally, that finish means he will start in the No. 8 hole on Wednesday, so he doesn’t have to cut through nearly as many contenders as the other big names.
Joey Logano is in an advantageous spot too for NASCAR bettors. Logano will be starting third in this race, and he is the kind of boom or bust driver you want when you are betting on NASCAR winners. He has finished outside the top ten in three of his five competitions, but he won in Las Vegas and Phoenix and he currently sits in third place in the standings. Logano has three top five finishes in his last six races at this track, but he has yet to win here and would love to pick up a victory.
The NASCAR Betting Odds longshot to watch is Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 car. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion didn’t finish the race on Sunday, but Johnson was the leader with one lap left in Stage One before he bumped into William Byron and then into the wall to end his day. Johnson will be starting at the back of the pack, but at 20/1 odds, he is worth the risk.