For the final time, the NASCAR Cup circuit visits its flagship trail about the greatest holiday of the summer time. The 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400, the longtime Fourth of July week tradition formerly called the Firecracker 400, ends a 40-year run as the second Daytona race moves into August beginning in 2020. The green flag falls at 7:30 p.m. ET for under-the-lights racing from Daytona International Speedway. Just five drivers have won the Daytona 500 and then gone on to win this race the same year. Denny Hamlin will look to buck the trend, having won this season’s Daytona 500 in February. With new engine packs in place for 2019, Saturday’s race has nine drivers at 14-1 or lower 2019 NASCAR in Daytona chances. The newest from Vegas has Joey Logano, the NASCAR Cup points leader, and Brad Keselowski, the 2016 winner of the race, leading the field at 8-1 Coke Zero Sugar 400 chances. Four more drivers are right behind them in 10-1, including Kyle Busch, who’s No. 2 in the NASCAR Cup standings and tied for most successes. With so many variables in play, you are going to want to find the latest NASCAR predictions from handicapper Micah Roberts, the mythical Vegas bookmaker who initiated wagering on racing, before laying any Coke Zero Sugar 400 selections of your own.
Those people who have wagered $100 on Roberts’ selections for each of the 22 NASCAR races in 2019 are already up $1,500. It began with the very first race, as Roberts went with Jimmie Johnson as a hefty 25-1 longshot in the season-opening Advance Auto Parts Clash. The end result: Johnson endured a massive crash and proceeded to acquire the rain-shortened race as Roberts’ followers raked it . At the TicketGuardian 500, Roberts nailed Busch in 4-1 odds over the heavily favored Harvick, and at Dover he got Truex at 8-1 odds. Truex won the race despite beginning at the back of the area.
Roberts’ best 20 NASCAR leaderboard was on top of it, too. For the TicketGuardian 500 he nailed an eye-popping eight of the top 10. At the Car Club 400, he obtained nine of the top 10 correct.
Roberts entered the 2019 NASCAR season after finishing big-time in the black at 2018, with $1,750 in profit for $100 players. His biggest wins came after he went against the grain, shooting Keselowski in 12-1 to win the South Point 400 in Las Vegas in the opening race of the NASCAR playoffs and going with Logano, additionally 12-1, to shoot the very first Data 500 in Martinsville. He also pinpointed four of Harvick’s nine series victories and three of Busch’s nine wins. Anyone who’s following his picks is up enormous year in, year out.
Now, Roberts has examined Saturday’s 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400 area at Daytona. His winning selection and leaderboard can be found only at SportsLine.
1 shocker: Roberts is evaporating Kyle Busch, who’s next in the Cup points standings, tied for most victories with four, and one of the best Vegas favorites on Saturday. In fact, Roberts says Busch doesn’t even crack the top 10.
«Busch led three times to four laps at Talladega, a similar track, but seemed to have left in the dust from the Chevys teaming him against him. His 10th place finish was the greatest one among Toyota drivers,» Roberts told SportsLine. «He was runner-up at the Daytona 500 and his lone win there came from the 2008 July race.»
Another surprise: Roberts is all over Alex Bowman, a long shot 18-1 NASCAR in Daytona chances. Bowman is coming off an impressive victory last week at Chicagoland Speedway as a 30-1 underdog. Even though his NASCAR odds to win this week have dropped, Roberts believes there’s still powerful value in Bowman, a true contender to win back-to-back races.

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