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NASCAR 2020 Go Bowling 235 Odds and Picks

David Golokhov

by David Golokhov in Racing

Updated Aug 14, 2020 · 9:55 AM PDT

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The NASCAR series shifts to Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, but not the oval. Photo by ImperialAssassin (Wikimedia).
  • The 2020 Go Bowling 235 will take place on Sunday, August 16th, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, 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

NASCAR is heading to Daytona International Speedway this Sunday for the Go Bowling 235. The race will take place on August 16th at 3:00 PM ET.  Take note that this is a road course, not an oval. Traditionally, this race is held at Watkins Glen but is being hosted at Daytona due to government restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The odds to win currently see a tie at the top between Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr.

2020 Go Bowling 235 Odds

Driver Odds at DraftKings
Chase Elliott +400
Martin Truex Jr +400
Kyle Busch +650
Kevin Harvick +700
Denny Hamlin +800
Ryan Blaney +800
Brad Keselowski +1400
Joey Logano +1600
Clint Bowyer +2000
Kurt Busch +2000
Alex Bowman +3300
Matt DiBenedetto +3300

Odds as of August 12.

Time to Trust Truex?

Martin Truex Jr hasn’t done much winning this year. After winning a whopping seven races last season, he’s collected just one checkered flag this year. However, he’s been driving really well of late, including four straight third-place finishes and six top tens in his last seven outings.

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Truex has thrived on road courses, finishing seventh, second, and first in his last three starts. Taking a look further back, he had three wins and two runners-up in his last seven road course outings. It’s hard to deny that success.

He’s also led at least one lap in each of his last eight road course races, so that’s a good sign. He should do well here.

Kurt Busch Has Been Consistent on Road Courses

If you’re looking for one under-the-radar driver who might be a good option for head-to-head, group or top-ten props, Kurt Busch could be your guy. He’s at +1600 to win the race outright and, while I’m not expecting that – he’s never won at The Glen – he should have a good showing.


Over his last seven starts at The Glen, Busch has placed no worse than 11th, which includes 10th, ninth, and sixth over the last three years. Of all of the races on road courses since 2017, Kurt Busch’s average driver finish is seventh-best. He’s been in the top-ten in 12 of his last 15 road course races. I’m expecting a good showing from him here.

Past Five Winners at Go Bowling At The Glen 235

Year Driver
2019 Chase Elliott
2018 Chase Elliott
2017 Martin Truex Jr.
2016 Denny Hamlin
2015 Joey Logano

Jones for a Top 10?

Erik Jones hasn’t been great of late as his last three results are 27th, 11th and 24th. However, two of those outings were at Michigan, which is not a place where he’s really had much success. He’s only once finished better than 11th.

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I’m expecting more from him this week as he does pretty well on road tracks. The Charlotte Roval has thrown him for a loop (finished 40th and 30th in his last two starts) but even including that, he has five top tens in his last seven on road courses. I’m not expecting a win from him but a top-ten result seems like a decent flier.

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