The second stage of the 2019 NASCAR postseason continues on the fast track at Talladega today with the running of the 1000Bulbs.com 500. Here’s three drivers we like to contend for the victory.
According to the latest oddsmakers, Joey Logano is the favorite to win, as he has 7/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Brad Keselowski (10/1), Chase Elliott (10/1) and Denny Hamlin (12/1). The 1000Bulbs.com 500 is set to take place today at 2PM ET from Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama
52101 Joey Logano 7/1
Joey Logano finds himself on the outside looking in for the third stage right now, as he sits just on the edge in ninth place. Logano needs a strong run today and Talladega has been a good track for him. He is a three-time winner here and has an average finish of 16.4 over 21 races. Logano has finished 10th or worse in three straight and in eight of his last 10 races. He needs a spark and I think it can come today.
52103 Chase Elliott 10/1
Elliott is coming off a rough showing last weekend, but he did win the fall race at Talladega and comes into the track with some decent numbers. His driver rating at the track is 93.4, which ranks tops in today’s field. He currently sits 11th in the standings, so he needs a strong run today to push himself into the top 8 and improve his chances to advance to the third stage after next week’s race. Like anyone, he will need to stay away from the big wreck today. If he can, he should be amongst the top drivers.
52114 William Byron 20/1
If you really are looking for a longshot, Byron is a good play today. His numbers at Talladega aren’t great, but he is a young driver that has shown improvement throughout the year and I expect today to be his best finish at the track yet. He’s currently eighth in the point standings, so he’s in need of a good run today to keep a talented pack in 9-12th place behind him. Byron may be too young to know any better that he’s not supposed to be in the championship mix, so I expect him to be aggressive and make a run at the win. With such long odds, he could provide a huge payoff.