Bet Sunday NASCAR! Can Kevin Harvick repeat and left-turn two? The Eckel 3 + 1 (after picking 2-3-5-6 Saturday) handicap the Pocono 350
Pocono 350, Pocono Raceway, 4 p.m. TV FS1
Kevin Harvick, who had finished second four times at Pocono Raceway, finally got to Victory Lane Saturday in the Pocono Organics 325. Now can he do it again Sunday in the Pocono 350?
Harvick, the overall points leader, will look for his fourth win of the season when NASCAR goes back at it at Pocono for the second straight day. It’s the first time in the Cup Series history that two races will be held at the same track on consecutive days.
If you bet Harvick Saturday you got odds of 13-2. Sunday he checks in as the favorite at 9-2. The odds are courtesy of parxcasino.com.
In Saturday’s race Harvick held off second-place finisher Denny Hamlin, who was looking for his sixth Pocono win and was the top choice of The Eckel 4. Aric Amirola, a 66-1 long shot mentioned by The 4, finished third. It was Almirola’s second consecutive third-place finish. Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., the other picks of the “experts’’, finished fifth and sixth respectively.
So while we overlooked Harvick (never a smart thing) we did go 2-3-5-6, which isn’t terrible.
Here are Sunday’s selections from the group that as always includes Scott “Tobacco Road’’ Baker, Mike “Left Turn’’ Sweeney and newcomer Barry “Dr. NASCAR’’ Davis.
Denny Hamlin (5-1): Three of the four have Hamlin among their picks, with the Dr. putting him on top. He had a legit chance to win Saturday and could come back and get his sixth Pocono win and fourth 2020 win Sunday.
Martin Truex (9-1): The New Jersey native had some mechanical issues, but still finished sixth. He should be right in the mix again Sunday.
Joey Logano (14-1): Logano won the first stage Saturday and then fell back and finished 36th after a flat left front tire with seven laps to go doomed him. “Left Turn’’ thinks he bounces back today. Those odds are pretty good.
Kyle Busch (11-2): So during the race “Tobacco Road’’ texts me that he’s finished with Busch. He wasn’t. And you have to think it’s only a matter of time before he gets to Victory Lane. Right?
Ryan Blaney (12-1): Blaney, who won here in 2017, finished 12th Saturday. Both “Tobacco Road’’ and “Left Turn’’ like his chances to be in the money Sunday.