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NASCAR 2020 Cook Out Southern 500 Odds and Picks

Kevin Harvick on the track.
Kevin Harvick is co-favored with Denny Hamlin to win Sunday's race at +300. Photo by Freewheeling Daredevil (Wikimedia).
  • The 2020 Cook Out Southern 500 race will take place on Sunday, September 6th (6:00 pm ET) at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, Florida
  • Erik Jones won this race last year and has never finished worse than eighth
  • Read on below to find out which drivers are a good bet for this Sunday’s race

The NASCAR drivers have had nearly eight full days off since last Saturday’s race in Daytona where Will Byron surprised the field with a win. This Sunday, the drivers head to Darlington Raceway for the Cook Out Southern 500, which will get started at 6:00 pm ET. Who is a good bet to claim the checkered flag this week? Let’s take a closer look at the odds.

2020 Cook Out Southern 500 Odds

Driver Odds at DraftKings
Denny Hamlin +300
Kevin Harvick +300
Martin Truex Jr +800
Chase Elliott +1000
Kyle Busch +1100
Brad Keselowski +1100
Joey Logano +1600
Erik Jones +2000
Kurt Busch +2500
Aric Almirola +2800
Alex Bowman +2800
Jimmie Johnson +2500

Odds as of September 3

Harvick Delivers at Darlington

Darlington Raceway has been pretty kind to Kevin Harvick of late. While he had some rough patches when he was with Richard Childress Racing, it’s been smooth sailing with Stewart-Haas. Over his last nine starts at Darlington, Harvick had two wins, eight results in the top five and has not placed worse than ninth.

Harvick is coming off a 20th-place finish, which is his worst outing since June, but Daytona is always a tricky track. If you remove that and the Daytona Road Course off his record, he’s won three of his last four starts and placed in the top five spots in his last 12.

Jones Likes Racing at Darlington

Erik Jones has only made six career starts at Darlington Raceway but when you consider that he’s never finished worse than eighth – including one win – he appears to be a good bet either for outrights or Top 10 props. His track history here in terms of finishes is fifth, eighth, first, eighth and fifth.

I’d be more inclined for a Top 10 prop here with him just because he hasn’t been racing particularly well of late. He finished 35th last week at Daytona and hasn’t finished better than 11th in seven straight outings. Given that stretch, I’m thinking that a Top 10 is more reasonable than an outright win.

Past Five Winners at Cook Out Southern 500

Year Driver
2020 Erik Jones
2019 Brad Keselowski
2018 Denny Hamlin
2017 Martin Truex Jr.
2016 Carl Edwards

Keselowski, Kurt Busch Good Options For Top 10’s

I debated between both of these two for the last section but realistically, you can go with either one. Kurt Busch has finished in the top seven sports in four of his last five here. As for Keselowski, he has placed in the top nine slots in five of his last seven, which includes a win in 2018.

Busch has no momentum right now, which is he’s at +2500 to win outright. It’s also why I’d slightly lean to Keselowski. Busch placed 34th last week at Daytona and hasn’t placed better than 10th since the Kansas race in July. As for Keselowski, he has three straight Top 10 results and has been in that range in 10 of his last 12 starts overall.

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