NASCAR Betting: Toyota 500 Odds Preview

Kevin Harvick claimed the checkered flag in NASCAR’s return at Darlington Raceway over the weekend, and he’s favored to win again when the Cup Series returns to Darlington on Wednesday night for the Toyota 500.

At Bovada Sportsbook, Harvick is a +375 favorite to win the Toyota 500. His win on Sunday was his second career victory at Darlington. He previously won the Southern 500 in 2014. It was also Harvick’s first win of the 2020 season, besting the second-place finish he had in Phoenix.

Following Harvick on the Toyota 500 odds list at Bovada are a trio of drivers, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, all at +750.

Keselowski led 80 laps in Sunday’s race

Keselowski finished well back in 13th place on Sunday despite leading the race for 80 laps. He’s still looking for his first win of the season, having cracked the top five only once so far. He does have a win at Darlington in his career that he posted in the Southern 500 in 2018.

Hamlin began the NASCAR season with a win in the Daytona 500. In the four races since, his best finish was Sunday’s fifth place at Darlington. Hamlin has visited victory lane at Darlington twice before, with wins in the Southern 500 in 2010 and 2017.

Busch had a disappointing day on Sunday with a 26th-place finish. Prior to that he had posted back-to-back top-three finishes. He has won at Darlington before, but it’s been awhile, with that lone win coming way back in 2008.

Jones could be value pick at Darlington

Rounding out the top five on the odds list at Bovada is Alex Bowman at +800, while the rest of the top 10 includes Martin Truex Jr. (+850), Joey Logano (+950), Chase Elliott (+1000), Kurt Busch (+1400) and Jimmie Johnson (+1800). From that long list of drivers, Truex and Johnson have won at Darlington before.

Two other drivers in Wednesday’s group have also posted wins at Darlington: Erik Jones (+2200), who won last year’s Southern 500, and Matt Kenseth (+3000). If you’re looking for a value pick, Jones could be worth a few bucks. Not only did he win at Darlington last year, but in his career at Darlington he’s never finished worse than eighth.