Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. EDT
Daytona Beach, Fla.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Daytona, Florida, this week for the Coke Zero 400.
Daytona will be different from the Daytona 500 in February. The race track was cooler and had more grip in February. On Saturday, the track will be hot and
slick. The speeds may not be as fast as they were in February, but as all restrictor-plate races are, it will be an action-packed race under the lights.
The trends that develop through these races are important to follow, but the nature of plate racing leads to wrecks and a fair degree of unpredictability.
Last year the Joe Gibbs cars led the most laps early in the race but it was Jimmie Johnson that found himself in Victory Lane.
Here are my picks for Daytona.
Pick: Take Brad Keselowski (12/1)
He ended up at Victory Lane for the second time this season at Kentucky, where he was ridiculously dominant - winning the pole and leading 199 laps.
Keselowski has put together some strong finishes at Daytona, including a third-place finish in the 2014 Daytona 500. Keselowski is focused on winning
another Sprint Cup Championship and if he's not hung-over from Kentucky, he has a good chance of returning to Victory Lane this week.
: Tony Stewart (15/1)
Stewart has never won the Daytona 500, but he has four wins in the summer race. Stewart loves a hot, slick race track, and that's what he will get Saturday
night in Daytona. This will be one of Stewart's best chances to get to Victory Lane before the Chase begins.
Kurt Busch (20/1)
Busch has only finished one of the last six races at Daytona inside the top 10. He has not had much luck this season at the super speedways. He finished
21st in the Daytona 500 and 33rd at Talladega. There are better options for you to take this week.
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