It was a bittersweet Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Chevrolet. The manufacturer had stage wins, high finishes, big showings from rookies, and dominated the broadcast. Basically, Chevy did everything but win the race.
William Byron spun and Chase Elliott was forced to pit despite holding the lead with two laps left and that opened the door for Brad Keselowski to score the first Coca-Cola 600 win since 2002 for Ford. Another heartbreaking moment for Elliott should be a driving force him this week as the second favorite on the betting board at DraftKings Sportsbook for the Alsco Uniforms 500.
The favorite, same as this past Sunday, is Martin Truex Jr. for Wednesday’s 8 p.m. ET start time on FS1. Truex was pretty much a non-factor last week. He finished sixth and has a great track record at Charlotte and on 1.5-mile tracks, but his car just wasn’t good enough. That has been a rare thing to say about a Joe Gibbs Racing vehicle, but neither Truex nor Kyle Busch was able to match Elliott or fellow Chevy driver Alex Bowman.
Bowman ultimately finished 19th after leading the most laps and winning the first two stages. It may work out in his favor because he’ll start on the front row with William Byron as NASCAR once again inverts the top 20 finishers in lieu of qualifying. Qualifying is not supposed to start for good until the GEICO 500 at Talladega on June 21.
DraftKings Sportsbook, which is available to bettors in Indiana, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Colorado, and New Hampshire, has a lot of different betting options for the Alsco Uniforms 500. As mentioned, Truex and Elliott are the favorites at +500 and +550, respectively, followed by Kyle Busch at +700, Alex Bowman at +750, and Sunday’s winner Brad Keselowski at +900.
Kevin Harvick is +1000, with Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano at +1100, and then Denny Hamlin at +1300 before a little bit of a drop in price to guys like Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Erik Jones, and Kurt Busch. Then the long shots start to pop up.
Chevrolet had so much speed in the Coca-Cola 600. This is a much shorter race at 500 km, so it will be 208 laps instead of the 405 laps that the longest race distance in NASCAR history had on Sunday with the overtime finish. With the speed that Chevy has shown really in every race this season, you have to start by looking at those drivers.
Elliott is the short price, but he has been a victim of happenstance this season with some really, really bad luck. For better or worse, it is hard to take him until he wins a race because the pressure will really start to mount now. That’s why Alex Bowman at +750 is the better choice among the short prices. Chevy is +140 to be the winning manufacturer, with Toyota at +175 and Ford at +205.
Jimmie Johnson’s runner-up finish was wiped off the board by a failed post-race inspection. He’ll start at the back of the pack this week and has to come all the way up from 40th in a shorter race. His +1100 price is dead wrong and he’s a fade in matchups with the bad starting position. That is about the only Chevy fade I’d be interested in this week. He’s in Group B with Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano. Of that group, Logano would be the choice at +275 after showing good speed last weekend. He’s good on bigger tracks and Charlotte generally plays pretty big.
Another option for fading Johnson is to take Logano at -115 in group matchups. Maybe nobody realizes it yet, but Johnson, again, starts 40th. Logano starts eighth because he fell back several spots after winning Stage 3 last week. As long as Logano doesn’t crash or run into a mechanical issue, he should be winning that matchup with relative ease.
After Bowman for the win, one long shot of great interest is Austin Dillon. Dillon ran very well last week in finishing 14th, but he was in the top 10 of each stage except for the final one. Dillon actually won the Coca-Cola 600 back in 2017 and has the Chevy backing for Richard Childress Racing. At +8000, we’re not talking about a big bet, but a pizza money bet with long odds.
Maybe a more attainable long shot is Tyler Reddick at +4000, but he doesn’t have the same level of experience as a rookie driver. Plus, his price isn’t really in line given all of the buzz he’s gotten recently. If you want a Chevy at something that isn’t a complete long shot price, Kurt Busch has run extremely well for Chip Ganassi Racing and is at +2200.
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