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2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Pocono 400 Odds & Picks

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Is Kyle Busch the best bet to win this week at Pocono Raceway? Photo by tequilamike (flickr) [CC License].
  • The Pocono 400 is scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. EST
  • The race will be held at Pocono Raceway in Longpond, Pennsylvania
  • Martin Truex Jr. won at Charlotte last week and has now won three of the last six races

The NASCAR series shifts to Pennsylvania for the Pocono 400 this Sunday, which will take place at Pocono Raceway. The race will get underway at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Martin Truex Jr. enters the race on a roll as he won last week and has now taken the checkered flag in three of the last six races. Is he the best bet here?

Pocono 400 Odds

Driver Pocono 400 Odds at MyBookie
Kyle Busch +320
Kevin Harvick +450
Martin Truex Jr. +500
Brad Keselowski +650
Joey Logano +900
Chase Elliott +1000
Denny Hamlin +1200
Kurt Busch +2000
Ryan Blaney +2000
Kyle Larson +2200
Clint Bowyer +2200
Alex Bowman +2500
Erik Jones +2500
Jimmie Johnson +2800
Daniel Suarez +4000

*Odds taken 05/29/19

Backing Busch

After a red-hot start to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Busch has completely slowed down of late with zero wins since taking Bristol on April 7th. However, Busch has shown signs of life coming off back-to-back third-place finishes in Charlotte. This is a track where he has a good history too, so it could be worth getting back on board.

He’s won two of the last three races at Pocono. On top of that, he led for 100 laps in the race right before that little stretch. He’s the top driver heading into this race, so we’ll add him to our list as the top betting option for the week.

Hop on Harvick

Harvick is still looking for his first win of the year but this could be the week that drought comes to an end. After all, Harvick has placed fourth or better in each of his last five starts at this track. He also has four runner-up finishes here since 2014.

I’d still rather a top 10 for him than an outright win as it’s just one of three tracks where he’s never won. It’s a bit misleading though given his recent track record. Looking further back, he’s been in the top 4 in seven of his last nine starts here. He’s been close and looks like a great bet for top 10 or top 5 props.

Bet on Blaney?

Blaney isn’t someone I’m expecting to win but he is a strong value pick to finish in the top 10 and a dark horse to possibly win outright in my eyes. The Penske Championship Racing driver won this event two years ago in 2017 and he has posted an average finish of 5.6 in his three appearances at this track.

While he is still looking for his first win of the season, there are some recent positives. He led laps last week for the first time in five races and it was the first time in nine starts where he finished better than his starting position. He hasn’t finished in the top 10 since Bristol, so you’ll get decent odds if he can pull it off.

Avoid Hemric

Some people are taking a flier on Hemric this week as a long shot but I have no interest in that. Yes, he’s done well in practice for most of the season. Last week, he had the third-best 10-lap average in practice. However, he can’t seem to put it together during the actual races.

Last week, he ran into a wall and finished 21st. Prior to that, he finished 18th, 18th and 25th. Sure, he’s had some good starting positions like 10th last week and first at the Monster Energy Open, but he’s still only produced one top 10 on the year. I’ll pass on him this week.

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