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Harvick now favored to win NASCAR Cup Series following Atlanta triumph

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June 8th, 2020

There was a four-way tie for NASCAR Cup Series championship favoritism going into the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, but Kevin Harvick broke it following an easy victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Harvick now sits at +500, just ahead of second-choice Chase Elliott (+550). Kyle Busch remains at +600, while Brad Keselowski jumped up slightly to +700. So, is now the time to pull the trigger on Harvick in this market, or is there someone else that’s ready to make his move at better odds? Let’s investigate below.

Nascar Cup Series Championship 2020 - Winner

Wed, June 10 2020, 11:20 PM

Kevin Harvick

+500

Chase Elliott

+550

Kyle Busch

+600

Brad Keselowski

+700

Martin Truex Jr.

+800

Joey Logano

+800

Denny Hamlin

+1000

Jimmie Johnson

+1400

Alex Bowman

+1500

Ryan Blaney

+1800

Kurt Busch

+2000

Erik Jones

+2500

William Byron

+3500

Clint Bowyer

+4000

Field

+6000

Aric Almirola

+6000

Matt DiBenedetto

+6000

Ryan Newman

+8000

Austin Dillon

+8000

Christopher Bell

+8000

Tyler Reddick

+10000

Cole Custer

+12500

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

+17500

Chris Buescher

+20000

Ryan Preece

+60000

Ty Dillon

+75000

Bubba Wallace

+75000

Michael McDowell

+75000

John Hunter Nemechek

+75000

Harvick has struggled at Martinsville

NASCAR has two races scheduled this week – Wednesday at Martinsville and Sunday at Homestead-Miami. And while Harvick has done well at the latter, finishing Top 5 in his last six races with a victory in 2014, he hasn’t fared nearly as well at "The Paperclip."

"The Closer" has one win in 37 starts at Martinsville in the NASCAR Cup Series. He’s also failed to lead a lap in each of his last four races there. If Harvick struggles at this oval once more, his odds are bound to bump up a touch.

Truex is poised for a breakout performance

The best bet in this market may be a driver who hasn’t budged from his +800 odds in the last two weeks – Martin Truex Jr.

The 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion has done very well at both Martinsville and Homestead-Miami in recent races. He dominated last fall’s event at "The Paperclip", leading 464 of 500 laps in victory. Truex placed Top 5 in four of his last five visits to the Virginia speedway. At Homestead-Miami, Truex has a win and two runner-up results in his last three outings, compiling 201 laps led.

Truex has hit the Top 10 in five of the first six races since NASCAR returned on May 17. He posted his best finish in that stretch on Sunday, taking third at Atlanta, where he led 65 laps.


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