Coke Zero Sugar 400- 8/29/20 Driver vs. Driver Matchups and Odds

Coke Zero Sugar 400- 8/29/20 Driver vs. Driver Matchups and Odds Photo by Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Coke Zero Sugar 400

8/29/2020 7:30pm EST

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The NASCAR Cup Series will conclude the regular season at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday evening in the running of the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Daytona is of course a 2.5 mile tri-oval, banked at 31 degrees in the turns. We should expect to see speeds approach 210 mph while in the draft on Saturday evening. Intense racing, big wrecks, and close finishes are yielded at Daytona, and we should see exciting race Saturday evening to conclude the regular season. I will be referencing the last 5 races at Daytona as well as the last 4 races at Talladega.

Here are a few matchups to consider for the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

Erik Jones -115 vs. William Byron -115

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Jones has been able to finish ahead of Bryon 7 times over the 10 races mentioned in the intro. Jones picked up a win in the 2018 Coke Zero Sugar 400 and has 3 top 10 finishes over the last 7 at Daytona. Byron does indeed have the better average driver rating of 79.3, but only 1 top 5 in 5 races at Daytona in his Cup career. Erik Jones is on the bubble to make the 2020 playoffs, and I think he will have a solid finish on Saturday night.

Jeff’s Pick Erik Jones -115


Austin Dillon -115 vs. Matt DiBenedetto -115

Austin and Matt have split the match up 5 and 5 over the last 10 races at Daytona and Talladega. Austin won the Daytona 500 back in 2018, and has 7 top 10 finishes in his career at Daytona. Matt has 3 top 10 finishes in 10 starts at Dayona with 3 DNFs. Austin is outside the playoff bubble by 2 spots in 18th at the moment, and needs a tremendous finish or a win to get in. I see Austin and team working some pit strategy on Saturday evening, and at the end of the final stage beating out Matt.

Jeff’s Pick Austin Dillon -115


Kurt Busch -115 vs. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -115

Stenhouse has won 6 of the last 10 at Daytona and Talladega against Kurt Busch. Kurt picked up a huge win in the 2017 Daytona 500, and Stenhouse won the July race in 2017. Over the last 4 races at Daytona, Stenhouse has been edging out Busch. Stenhouse has the 2nd best average driver rating of 91.2 over the last 7 races at Daytona, and this would be even better via a couple of top 10 finishes. I think Ricky will once again edge out Kurt at Daytona on Saturday evening.

Jeff’s Pick: Ricky Stenhouse -115

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