Nascar Odds, Picks, & Predictions for Illinois: Will Kyle Busch be smiling after the Enjoy Illinois 300?

Kyle Busch introduction at the Coca-Cola 600

In this season of firsts, Nascar adds another as it heads to World Wide Technology Raceway, better known as Gateway for the first Cup Series race at the track. The green flag drops for the Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter this Sunday, June 5th at 3:30 pm et. Before revealing my betting card for this Sunday’s race, let’s do a quick recap of what wound up being the most exciting event of Nascar’s season to date. 

Holy crap that was long but extremely exciting. The Coca-Cola 600 was the longest race in Nascar history at 619.5 miles long, and it took two overtimes to finish the race. Early issues meant almost nothing as this race included four stages and drivers were able to recover from problems with the many cautions that transpired. Kyle Larson’s day epitomized this as he had multiple problems on pit row, his car caught on fire, and he still found his way to the front really late.

Like the race itself, our Coca-Cola 600 betting card ran into some issues early as while running inside the top 10, Austin Cindric lost a tire and had to retire after only 145 laps. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ran inside the top 10 and ahead of Austin Dillon the entire race until the first restart. It’s here where Dillon, on four fresh tires, made his move for the win but wound up losing control and crashing, finishing 22nd to Stenhouse’s 7th. We hit our best bet of Christopher Bell to top 10 as he finished 5th. And best of all, Denny Hamlin held off teammate Kyle Busch on the last overtime restart and cashed our outright of +950! It was a 3-1 card in Charlotte so let’s hope the winning continues this week with my Enjoy Illinois 300 betting card. 

Coca-Cola 600 Betting RecapResult
Austin Cindric Top 10 +155L
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -112 Over Austin DillonW
Outright: Denny Hamlin +950W
Best Bet: Christopher Bell Top 10 -135W

Enjoy Illinois 300 Odds, Picks, Predictions

Top 10 Finish: Kevin Harvick -105 (1u to win .95u)

  • Finished Top 10 in all 13 combined Phoenix and New Hampshire races since the beginning of 2018
  • 6th or better in eight of his last ten & in four straight New Hampshire races
  • 18 consecutive Top 10’s in Phoenix
  • Only ONE finish worse than 13th over the last 25 & NINE career wins in the desert
  • Finished Top 10 in four of the last five races heading into Sunday
  • Outside of his two DNF’s at Daytona & Bristol Dirt, his average finish on the year is 9.5 

Driver Matchup: Joey Logano -110 Over Alex Bowman (2u to win 1.82u)

  • Bowman has ONE finish worse than 14th over the last twelve races
  • Logano only has six finishes 14th or better over this stretch
  • Bowman finished 14 and Logano 8th at Phoenix earlier this season
  • Logano’s worst finish in the deserts over the last seven races there is 11th with Bowman’s best being 13th
  • Last five races in New Hampshire, Bowman has ONE finish inside the T10 while Logano has done so every race 

Outright: Kyle Busch +800 (1u to win 8u)

  • Only two finishes worse than 7th in Phoenix over the last 10 races there
  • 2 Wins and a low finish of 12th in the last seven races at New Hampshire minus the three races he crashed out
  • Outside of Cota, & his crashes at Atlanta and Darlington, his average finish is around 5th at the other 11 tracks
  • Finished 7th or better in two straight and six of the last seven races
  • Led 18 or more laps in the last four races heading into Sunday
  • Finished Top 3 in four of the last six races

Enjoy Illinois 300 Best Bet: Kyle Busch Top 10 -190 (3u to win 1.58u)

  • As said above, Only ONE finish outside the top 10 minus COTA (road course) & races he’s crashed out (Atlanta & Darlington)
  • Avg finish of 6.6 at Phoenix in the last 10 races there
  • 5th in the last seven trips to New Hampshire excluding crashes
  • Top 10’s on race favorites are NEVER this low so take advantage this week.

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Featured Image credit: Buda Mendes/Getty Images


Brian Twining

Sports, of all kind, have been a huge part of my life and daily routine for as long as I can remember. My favorite sports to watch are College Basketball, College Football, the NFL, MLB, Nascar, & the FIFA World Cup. My favorite sports to bet on are the NFL, Nascar, College Hoops, and College Football.

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