Coke Zero Sugar 400 Picks & Best Bet: Prepare for chaos at Daytona   

Oh boy are we in for a show at Daytona. It’s Nascar in prime time with playoff implications and the sport’s most popular driver needing a miraculous win to get in. You simply couldn’t ask for a better and more dramatic finish to the regular season. Knowing everything on line makes betting this race even more sketchy but here we go. Check out my Coke Zero Sugar 400 picks and best bet. 

Early Coke Zero Sugar 400 Odds

Coke Zero Sugar 400 Picks

Betting these races is like playing roulette with your eyes closed. That said, there are certain drivers who are better than others at this style of racing. But with the always present threat of the “Big One”, nobody is a safe pick. For this reason I’m throwing some longer shot darts this week and won’t bore you with much, if any analysis because realistically, it means very little at this track. See my Coke Zero Sugar 400 Picks and best bet below.

Austin Cindric Outright 28-1 (DraftKings) & Top Ford +1200 (Caesars)

There haven’t been many drivers as good as Austin at Daytona recently. He opened his rookie season with a Daytona 500 victory last year. He followed that up with a 3rd place run last fall, and although they are recorded as “crashes”, finished 15th and 23rd in his other two Cup Series Daytona races.

More importantly for these wagers is the help he’ll be receiving today. His teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney are locked into the playoffs and very good if not great super speedway drivers themselves. The Penske will undoubtedly do everything possible to push Austin to a win here and get the entire garage in to the playoffs.

AJ Allmendinger Top 10 +170 (DraftKings)

AJ is an extremely accomplished super speedway racer who has really excelled at Daytona. He’s finished inside the top 10 during each of his last five Cup Series appearances here and has finished on the lead lap, very important here, in seven straight.

B.J. McLeod Top 10 +1400 (DraftKings)

McLeod has taken full advantage of the carnage during this particular race notching top 10’s in the last two regular season finales. This number allows for an extremely small wager for some fun and he’s fun to root for making this a no brainer add to my Coke Zero Sugar 400 picks.     

Coke Zero Sugar 400 Best Bet

There really isn’t such thing as a guarantee at these races so consider this my FAVORITE bet of the race.

Race to go to OT: YES -140 (Caesars)

I smashed this prop earlier in the week when it opened at -110 and I’m still betting it at this price. As mentioned in the intro, this race ends the regular season and with a win, somebody nowhere near the playoff picture could get into Nascar’s postseason. I’m fully expecting chaos which is what we’ve had at this race since it has become the cutoff event.

The Daytona night race became Nascar’s regular season finale in 2020 and although total cautions have stayed true to averages, they’re coming in bunches as of late. During these three races, there have been 3 or more yellows in the final stage each time. Two of the three went multiple laps past the scheduled amount.

Not surprisingly though, this has been the norm at Daytona over the last few years. In fact, not going to OT at Daytona is a much rarer occurrence as just two of the last seven races finished at the scheduled number of laps.

There is a different level of aggressiveness at super speedways, and with the added stress of playoff hopes it’s elevated even more. This has helped create the chaos we’ve seen at these events and I expect more of the same tonight.  

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