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NASCAR 2020 Drydene 311 Odds and Picks

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Which driver is going to conquer the Monster Mile this weekend? Photo by Michieliosios (Wikimedia).
  • The 2020 Drydene 311 will take place on Sunday, August 23 (4:00 pm ET) at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Florida
  • Kevin Harvick will have the pole position while Denny Hamlin will start second and Martin Truex Jr third
  • Read on for a full breakdown of the odds and best bets for the race

This Sunday, August 23, NASCAR is heading to Dover International Speedway, which is also known as the Monster Mile. The drivers will be competing in the Drydene 311 with the race getting started at 4:00 PM ET. Chase Elliott got the win on the Daytona Road course last week and he might be a good bet to show well this weekend again.

2020 Drydene 311 Odds

Driver Odds at DraftKings
Kevin Harvick +350
Martin Truex Jr +400
Chase Elliott +550
Denny Hamlin +550
Kyle Busch +1200
Brad Keselowski +1200
Ryan Blaney +1400
Joey Logano +1500
Aric Almirola +2000
Jimmie Johnson +2000
Alex Bowman +2500
Kurt Busch +3300

Odds as of August 19.

Truex Jr. Is a Top Choice at Dover

From the group of favorites, I’ll be looking at Martin Truex Jr. to show well this week. Betting him outright might be unwise, though. Maybe it’s time we specifically bet on him to finish third. Truex Jr. has finished exactly third in five straight races and even started third last week at the Daytona Road Course.

Truex Jr. has done really well at Dover, finishing second and first in his last two starts. Since 2014 (12 races), his worst finish is 15th and he’s placed in the top 11 in all but one of those starts. He has been in the top five in six of his last seven with two wins. He looks like a strong option here.

Elliott Should Be in Contention

Elliott has only made eight starts at Dover International Speedway but the results have been strong. An engine issue led to a 38th-place result last season but, outside of that, he’s never finished worse than 12th. Even that 12th is an outlier as he’s been in the top five – with one win – in six of his starts at Dover.

Elliott is on a roll these days. He’s coming off a win on the Daytona Road course, which was his second win in his last seven starts. He has placed in the top-10 spots in four straight while leading at least nine laps in three of those. I’ll be looking for him to continue that stretch of good racing on Sunday.

Past Five Winners at Drydene 311

Year Driver
2019 Kyle Larson
2018 Chase Elliott
2017 Kyle Busch
2016 Martin Truex Jr.
2015 Kevin Harvick

Clint Bowyer for a Top 10?

This is admittedly a bit of a dicey play as Bowyer has not been very good of late. Since placing second at the All-Star Open, he has finished 11th or worse in five of his last six starts. The good news is his best finish in that stretch was last week, when he  finished sixth at Daytona. Maybe he can carry that momentum over to Sunday.

Bowyer has placed in the top ten in four of his last five at Dover with a runner-up and a sixth-place result. Taking a look further out, Bowyer has placed in the Top 10 in 13 of his last 18 on this track. I’m willing to take a flier that he does so again on Saturday.

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