Kevin Harvick leading Hamlin on NASCAR Indianapolis odds

Kevin Harvick does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

Kevin Harvick will be aiming to pad his lead atop the NASCAR Cup Series standings when he hits the track in Indianapolis on Sunday for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 as a narrow +400 betting favourite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Harvick travels to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday afternoon’s race following a successful weekend at Pocono Raceway that featured his third victory of the season in last Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325. The 44-year-old followed up with a second-place performance 24 hours later in Sunday’s running of the Pocono 350, and now sports a 52-point lead atop the standings with just 11 regular-season events remaining in the 2020 campaign.

Harvick returns to Indianapolis aiming to record a third career victory in the race formerly known as the Brickyard 400. Harvick earned the win in last year’s edition of this race, and has finished no worse than eighth in his past six appearances overall. However, as was the case last weekend, Harvick is likely to face a stiff challenge from Denny Hamlin, who closely trails as a +475 second favourite on the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 odds.

Hamlin is also coming off a strong weekend at Pocono, edging out Harvick to claim victory in Sunday’s Pocono 350 after finishing second on Saturday afternoon. The 39-year-old has enjoyed an impressive all-round campaign, opening 2020 with a win at the Daytona 500, and adding three subsequent victories since NASCAR resumed racing following a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite that success, Hamlin continues to lag 75 points back of Harvick in the series standings, and joins Chase Elliott as a +600 co-second favourite on the odds to win this year’s NASCAR Cup title.

Further down the NASCAR Indianapolis odds at online sports betting sites, Kyle Busch sits third at +500, ahead of Joey Logano at +800. The winner of this race in 2018, Brad Keselowski, follows at +900, while Elliott is joined by Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney at +1000.

Busch’s struggles to maintain consistency continued at Pocono, where he followed up a solid fifth-place performance on Saturday by finishing a distant 38th in Sunday’s race. Overall, Busch has failed to finish better than 19th in three of his past five outings, but has enjoyed success at the Brickyard, where he posted back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016.

Logano is coming off a pair of dismal outings at Pocono, but hopes to build on last year’s second-place run in Indianapolis, while Ryan Blaney looks to recapture the form that has earned him six top-three finishes and one win so far this season.

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