NASCAR will give us two chances to win some cash this weekend. The Cup Series will compete at Pocono Saturday at 3 p.m. ET and then they will line up the cars again Sunday for another race. The race Sunday will be at 3:30 p.m. ET. Both races are on NBCSN.
Picking the winner for the Cup Series been very easy over the last month. Simply select Kyle Larson as the race winner and you were able to return to the pay window to receive your cash. The problem is that the cash you received was not a lot because the odds for Larson do not pay much. I expect the same this week. Larson starts on the pole and he has a great chance to completely dominate this race. I will try to find some value with some other drivers though.
DraftKings Odds for Organics CBT 325
* The odds could change between the time of this article and the time you place your bet
** The first number is the amount of money based on the second number (the amount of the wager). So if you bet $1 on Kyle Larson you will win $2.
Here are my “Best Bets” for the race at Pocono…
Denny Hamlin (8-1): Denny Hamlin is the best driver in the field at Pocono. He has 6 wins at the Tricky Triangle and he has finished the last 5 races at the track in the top-10. Hamlin finished 1st and 2nd in the double-header at Pocono last year. He also led 59 laps. Hamlin is looking for his first win in 2021. It could happen Saturday.
Kevin Harvick (9-1): Kevin Harvick has been just as good as Denny Hamlin at Pocono. Harvick also finished 1st and 2nd in the double-header at Pocono last year. Harvick has finished 7 of his last 9 races at the Tricky Triangle in the top-four. I feel more confident in this pick since Stewart-Hass Racing looked good last week at Nashville. Harvick won 9 races last year. He will have a good chance to get his first win of the 2021 season Saturday.
William Byron (10-1): The race Saturday should come down to battle between the No. 5 and No. 24 cars. William Byron has been really good at Pocono in his career. He has 6 starts in the Cup Series at the Tricky Triangle and his average finishing position is 9th. Byron never had the speed he has this year. His odds are just good enough to have me interested this week. I will probably bet Byron in both races.
Brad Keselowski (14-1): Brad Keselowski has been one of the most consistent drivers at Pocono. He has finished 9 of his last 11 races at the Tricky Triangle in the top-10. He had an accident while leading the race in 2018, but if your take away that race, Keselowski would have a 5.2 average finishing position at Pocono since 2014. Keselowski has a habit of finding Victory Lane when no one is expecting it. This could be one of those races.
Long-Shot Special: My Long-Shot Special this week is Christopher Bell (40-1). Christopher Bell has a good chance to run well Saturday. He started 36th and finished 4th at Pocono last year and that was in a Leavin Family Racing car. He came back the next day and was running 11th when he had a flat tire. Bell should be much better in the No. 20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing. Erik Jones finished 3rd, 38th (flat tire), 2nd, 3rd and 5th in the No. 20 car at Pocono. Some people say Pocono races like a road course. Well, Bell has one win on a road course this season. I am hoping he can find his way to Victory Lane again Saturday.
Good luck this week!
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