The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway for a pair of races this weekend, starting on Saturday with the Pocono Organics 325 followed by the Pocono 350 on Sunday afternoon. And following a disappointing outing last weekend, current standings leader Kevin Harvick will take the track for the Pocono Organics 325 on Saturday as a narrow +450 favourite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Harvick continues to lead the way in the standings, and on the odds board, despite failing to finish better than 10th in three straight outings. In addition to sliding to 10th place at last weekend’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Harvick fell to a distant 28th at the Dixie Vodka 400, and finished just 15th three weeks ago at the Blu-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. The 44-year-old’s recent struggles come on the heels of an impressive start to the season that saw him tally two wins and six top-five finishes over his first 10 races.
Despite his recent disappointing results, Harvick continues to lead the way on the odds to win this year’s NASCAR Cup Series championship as +500 chalk at online betting sites. Harvick has also finished among the top five in three of his past five appearances in this race, but has failed to earn a trip to victory lane in 38 career appearances at Pocono Raceway since 2001.
Also seeking redemption this weekend following a disappointing run at Talladega, Kyle Busch closely trails Harvick as a +500 wager on the Pocono Organics 325 odds. Busch tumbled to ninth in the Cup Series standings with a 22nd-place finish in the GEICO 500, and has yet to take home the checkered flag so far this season.
However, Busch has managed to outperform Harvick since the schedule resumed last month, turning in higher finishes in five of his eight outings. The 35-year-old has also claimed victory in three of his past five appearances at Pocono, adding value to the -115 odds of him finishing ahead of Harvick in Saturday’s race.
Further down the Pocono Organics 325 odds, Denny Hamlin is third at +600, just ahead of Chase Elliott at +650, while Brad Keselowski sits deadlocked with Martin Truex Jr. at +700.
But perhaps the most intriguing betting option on this weekend’s NASCAR odds is Ryan Blaney, who joins Joey Logano at +1200. The winner of this race in 2017, Blaney is coming off his first win of the season at last weekend’s GEICO 500, and sports +350 odds to finish among the top three drivers for the sixth time in eight outings.