The fourteenth race in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series will go down at Long Pond, Pennsylvania with the Pocono 400 this weekend. The exciting event is scheduled to begin on Sunday, June 3rd at 2:12 p.m. EST and can be viewed on Fox Sports 1 for your afternoon racing fix. Penske Racings’ Ryan Blaney will start his Ford out in front after his qualifying efforts on Friday. Stweart/Haas standout Kevin Harvick will take off next to him when the green flag is waved to kick-off the contest.
Well, this may not be Kevin Harvick’s most dominating track but he has proven through practice and qualifying that he brought another fast racecar to this venue. In fact, Harvick has never finished out in front in a points race at Long Pond. With that being said, Kyle Busch also hadn’t won at Charlotte until last week’s dominating performance. Either way, sports bettors have to have Harvick at the top of their lists when considering where to lay their money down this weekend. Las Vegas agrees. Sin City has the veteran as a 5/2 favorite to finally capture his first win at Pocono.
Good luck getting favorable odds betting on Kyle “Rowdy” Busch this weekend. But then again, he has won four of the last seven Monster Energy Cup Series races. Still, Busch gets you three to one on your money this Sunday. Busch has never won this race in the spring but drove his way to Victory Lane last fall in the second version of this event. He also has an average finish of 6.3 so that has to be taken into consideration when your playing the racing ponies this weekend.
Penske’s Ryan Blaney has shown some speed this season but has been rather reckless over the past few races. That fact alone is why he should be considered when getting a good bang for your buck this weekend. Blaney won this exact event last season and is on the pole for this version. Add to that, in four appearances overall at the Pocono Raceway, Blaney has an average finish of 13. I’ll give him a shot to become the first driver since Jeff Gordon to win this event back-to-back years. Line-setters have Blaney as a tasty 10/1 favorite to win the 2018 Pocono 400.
Martin Truex Jr.
Consistency is the name of the game and defending Monster Energy Cup Series champion has been just that. Truex Jr. has finished second in back-to-back races and has had ended no worse than fifth in eight of his last 12 events. Truex Jr. has raced his way into the playoffs already because he won one race through the first fourteen. Look, it’s pretty simple. Truex won this race back in 2015 and finished sixth last year. In two appearances at the Pocono Raceway last year, he had an average finish of third place. Oddsmakers have the 37-year-old at 6/1 to the Pocono 400 again this spring.
Odds to win the 2018 Pocono 400
Kevin Harvick 5/2
Kyle Busch 3/1
Martin Truex Jr 6/1
Denny Hamlin 10/1
Ryan Blaney 10/1
Brad Keselowski 10/1
Kyle Larson 10/1
Joey Logano 20/1
Erik Jones 20/1
Kurt Busch 20/1
Clint Bowyer 20/1
Aric Almirola 30/1
Chase Elliott 40/1
Jimmie Johnson 50/1
Daniel Suarez 50/1
Ryan Newman 100/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr 100/1
Jamie McMurray 100/1
Paul Menard 100/1
William Byron 100/1
Alex Bowman 100/1
Austin Dillon 300/1
Matt Kenseth 300/1
Kasey Kahne 500/1
Darrell Wallace Jr 500/1
AJ Allmendinger 500/1
Chris Buescher 500/1
The Field (all other drivers) 500/1
Ty Dillon 1000/1
Michael McDowell 2000/1
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