The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns after a one-week hiatus and heads to the West Coast for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway with three motorists sharing the top spot as the odds-on preferred to top the podium.
Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are every recorded at +450 in BetOnline followed by Clint Bowyer in +650, Kurt Busch in +850, Denny Hamlin at +1100, A.J. Allmendinger and Joey Logano in +1200, Brad Keselowski at +1600 and Ryan Blaney in +2200 to round out the top 10.
The 3 Faves all at this Championship Hunt’s thick Kevin Harvick might have the cause of wins on the season with five but he trails Kyle Busch in the Dragon Energy Cup standings. Harvick is coming from a second-place ending behind teammate Clint Bowyer in the FireKeepers Casino 400 and has not taken a checkered flag in three Cup races, which is his longest drought of the season. I would be remiss not to say that Harvick won this race.
Kyle Busch can direct the standings but he fell short of the podium in Michigan and hasn’t won at this course since 2015. No. 18 has a healthy lead in the standings by not being a crash risk for example in years past as evidenced by his top-10 finishes in two races this season.
As for Martin Truex Jr., the reigning Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup champion has yet to put his stamp on this season as he has only won two races and is coming off a middle-of-the-pack revealing in Michigan when he finished 18th.
If you need to pick between the three, proceed with Harvick given that he won this race last year and has done well as a favorite, winning five races as chalk. If you’re looking for better value, it could be worth taking a stab at another driver with adequate odds and track document at Sonoma.
Hamlin Could Be for His First Win of the Season in Line Denny Hamlin has found himself at the next tier of drivers on the Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup circuit, winning the occasional race and peaking in 2009 with nine wins. But since then, he’s regressed and hasn’t topped two wins in a year and has nine wins total from 2010 onward.
This might be the week that No. 11 breaks as he’s six top-five finishes this year and is the only driver on the circuit to finish in the top five in each of the previous couple of years at this particular track. At +1100, he may be the very best value on the board once you consider how well he’s fared in Sonoma recently.

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