Kevin Harvick again favoured as NASCAR hits Kentucky

Kevin Harvick celebrates in the winners circle after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Long Pond, Pa. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Kevin Harvick will be looking to extend his lead atop the NASCAR driver standings with a third win in his past four outings as he travels to Kentucky for this weekend’s Quaker State 400 as a +400 betting favourite for the race at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Harvick continued his recent torrid pace by taking home the checkered flag at last weekend’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 in Indianapolis. With four wins under his belt so far in 2020, Harvick now sports a commanding 85-point lead over second-place Chase Elliott in the driver standings. Not surprisingly, he also sits as an improved +350 favourite to claim this year’s NASCAR Cup title at online betting sites going into Sunday afternoon’s running of the 2020 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky.

However, Harvick has some work to do to overcome his recent middling performances at Kentucky. The 44-year-old produced a disappointing 22nd place finish at last year’s Quaker State 400, and has cracked the top five just once in nine appearances at this event.

Elsewhere on the Quaker State 400 odds, Clint Bowyer sits second at +440, just ahead of Chase Elliott, who joins Denny Hamlin and two-time race winner Kyle Busch at +550. Martin Truex Jr. follows at +650, while Brad Keselowski sits back at +775, and Joey Logano rounds out the front of the pack at +850. And further down the odds, the defending champion at this event, Kurt Busch, trails at +2000.

Bowyer sits as a strong second favourite despite failing to pick up a win on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit in over two years. The 41-year-old has endured an ordinary 2020 campaign, cracking the top ten in just five of his 16 outings, with his second-place finish at the Supermarket Heroes 500 marking his best performance of the year.

Elliott has also battled inconsistency since picking up his lone win of the season at the Alsco Uniforms 500. The 24-year-old rising star has finished among the top ten in four of his eight outings since, but also failed to crack the top 20 on three occasions during that stretch.

Conversely, both Truex and Keselowski have enjoyed steady success at Kentucky. Truex has earned a trip to victory lane in two of the past three runnings of the Quaker State 400, and Keselowski has recorded a race record three victories. But while Keselowski is coming off a steady fourth-place run at last weekend’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400, Truex ended up a distant 38th, and has finished better than 10th just once in five outings since his win at last month’s Blu-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500.

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