Monster Energy Series Ford EcoBoost 400 Race Pick - Betting Lines
Joey Logano took the checkered flag at Martinsville to secure his spot in Sunday's championship race, and Kyle Busch punched his ticket into the four-driver field with last Sunday's victory at Phoenix. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. qualified on total points to round out the top four drivers in the standings.
The following is a look at 5Dimes betting odds for the final four drivers to win this Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 as well as NASCAR’s 2018 Cup Series title.
Ford EcoBoost 400 Race Favorites
Kevin Harvick: Odds to Win Race +300 Odds to Win Title +225
Harvick had to sweat things out at Phoenix last Sunday after a car infraction in his victory the week before at Texas stripped the No. 4 Ford’s free pass into the title race. He raced well enough to qualify on points with a fifth-place finish in last Sunday’s race. This team is no stranger to racing for a title after winning it all in 2014. Harvick finished second to Kyle Busch the following season before slipping to eighth in the final point standings in 2016. With another strong effort last season, he ended up third on the list with a fourth-place finish at Homestead-Miami.
Kyle Busch: Odds to Win Race +300 Odds to Win Title +225
Busch is another driver that can handle the pressure of trying to win a racing title in one last all-or-nothing effort. The No. 18 Toyota followed up its 2015 Cup Series title with a third-place finish in the final point standings behind Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano the following year. In the final race of the season last year, he came up just short to finish second on the list. He has been one of the most consistent title contenders over the past few seasons, and you know that he will keep himself right in the mix on Sunday. Last week’s win at Phoenix also adds some value to his odds to place first this time around.
Martin Truex Jr.: Odds to Win Race +630 Odds to Win Title: +275
Truex was a decent driver in his first 10 seasons racing full time at NASCAR’s highest level, but he started to come into his own in 2016 with four Cup Series victories on his way to an 11th-place finish in the final standings. It all came together last season with four victories in the regular season followed by four playoff wins including the final one at Homestead-Miami to claim the 2017 title. This year’s playoff run to this final race was not as nearly impressive as last year's, but Truex has his No. 78 Toyota right where it needs to be for a successful title defense.
Joey Logano: Odds to Win Race +1100 Odds to Win Title: +350
As the odd man out when it comes to winning a Cup Series title as well as his much longer odds to win on Sunday, Logano has to be racing with a chip on his shoulder behind the wheel of his No. 22 Ford. He came oh so close to winning his first career racing title in 2016 with the second-place finish behind Johnson before missing the playoff altogether last season. There is still some decent value in both his odds to win this race and the 2018 title, but everything will have to fall his way on Sunday to get it done.
Ford EcoBoost 400 Race Prediction 11/19/2018
The top three Cup Series drivers all season long were able to put themselves in position to add another racing title to their resume with equally impressive results over the first 35 point races on the schedule. That being said, I am taking the added value in Martin Truex Jr’s odds to repeat as champion.