Coke Zero 400 Picks

If you missed the fireworks at Daytona last night don’t worry, there will be plenty more tonight – and we don’t mean in the sky.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series celebrates the nation’s independence with an old race that has a new name. Our writers and handicappers got together to give you their three best bets for who they think are the odds to win favorites for tonight’s 2008 Coke Zero 400.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Driver page | Best odds 5/1 SBG, Bodog & Sportsbook.com

If there is any doubt about who most people believe will win the Coke Zero 400 this Saturday we challenge you to try to buy a Dale Earnhardt. Jr. t-shirt or bumper sticker anywhere within 50 miles of Daytona Beach, Florida.

We know it, you know it and the sports books know it. So why is Earnhardt Jr. not the favorite?

Just because you are the most popular driver doesn’t mean you are the favorite driver in the eyes of oddsmakers. Earnhardt Jr. starts up front yes and he has had success at Daytona, but the fact remains he is still in a slump despite winning at Michigan earlier this year.

But he still is a strong contender for the Coke 400 victory and he did win the Bud Shootout earlier this year so if someone wants to give us $500 for $100 if he can pull it off we’ll take it.

Tony Stewart – Driver page | Best odds 4/1 SBG, Bodog & Sportsbook.com

Stewart is currently listed as the Coke Zero 400 odds to win favorite at most of the online and Las Vegas sportsbooks Saturday afternoon. His short odds are well deserved. Stewart has had a lot of success at Daytona and the Toyota’s are making some great horsepower.

The two things Tony Stewart needs to win the Coke Zero 400 are durability and luck. If his car can hold up and he can avoid aggressive drivers in the closing laps, Stewart will go the way the oddsmakers want and make for a modest payout and avoid another disaster like the one that happened last week with Kurt Busch paying 30/1 when the race at New Hampshire ended under caution.

Kyle Busch – Driver page | Best odds 5/1 SBG & Sportsbook.com

It’s clear that Kyle Busch has oddsmakers and bettors confused. You just never know what you are going to get with the betting line on this kid because he is so wild. He has amazing talent and he is in powerful equipment but at times he certainly shows his youth.

Despite Busch’s inconsistent personality we like his chances. One thing Busch can pull it together for is big market wins. Even though he was involved in an incident last week at New Hampshire with Juan Monyota – under the lights, in Daytona, on 4th of July weekend isn’t New Hampshire.

Look for Busch to have a strong car all night and run upfront in the final laps to challenge for the win.

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