The NASCAR Cup Series zooms into Pennsylvania this week with five races in three days at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond.
The action begins Friday with the 68th ARCA Menards Series race taking over the track at 6 p.m.
Then, on Saturday and Sunday, there will be back-to-back NASCAR-sanctioned doubleheaders. Saturday’s racing starts with the the Camping World Truck Series Race at noon.
Up next is the Poconos 325 at 3 p.m. Saturday, which will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network. Kevin Harvick won at the Pocono Raceway last year, but is fifth on the board at DraftKings Sportsbook PA heading into the race.
DK favorite Larson hopes to continue his hot streak in the Poconos
Kyle Larson is the DraftKings favorite at +225. Larson has been red-hot on the racing circuit recently. The Hendrick Motorsports driver won the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, his fourth-straight weekend with a Cup Series win. In addition to that, he also won two dirt track races in Ohio this past week.
“All of the racing helps for everything I do,” Larson said in an AP article at ESPN. “I win a Cup race and it helps me for dirt racing. I think just racing a lot — I’m in racing situations more than anybody else in the world, really — but especially in Cup and I think that helps me stay sharp, it helps me be aggressive and understand what things are doing and tracks changing.”
Larson will continue his busy schedule this week with dirt races Monday and Tuesday in South Dakota before heading to Pennsylvania.
Behind Larson, there is a sizable gap in futures odds. Denny Hamlin is second at +700. Kyle Busch is +800, followed by Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and William Byron, who are all +900.
Hamlin, Busch, and Truex have all won at the Poconos track within the last five years, so they should have plenty of confidence heading into this weekend’s races.
Medium to long shots in Poconos Race 1 NASCAR Cup Series odds
The next drivers in Poconos Race 1 futures at DraftKings are as follows:
- Chase Elliott: +1000
- Brad Keselowski: +1200
- Ryan Blaney: +1400
- Joey Logano: +1600
- Alex Bowman: +2000
- Aric Almirola: +5000
- Christopher Bell: +5000
- Kurt Busch: +5000
- Tyler Reddick: +5000
Pricing is also available on a number of other drivers who could provide big-time returns if they can pull off a racing upset.
The best Pennsylvania sportsbooks should also have a number of other wagering options posted soon, including group betting, top 5/10 finishes, and prop bets as well. Odds for Sunday’s race – the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 – will be available shortly after Saturday’s race is completed.
DraftKings’ free NASCAR pool contest
DraftKings is the primary partner of the No. 23 Camry at the NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono Raceway. To celebrate “riding shotgun” DraftKings sportsbook is running a $1K free-to-play pool contest. In addition to cash prizes, the winner will get a crew jersey signed by 23Xl driver Bubba Wallace.
Daily fantasy contests promise six-figure payouts
Sunday’s action starts with an XFinity Series race, the Pocono Green 225 at noon. The Cup Series race will begin at 3:30 p.m. with television coverage provided by NBC Sports. For the full schedule of racing or for tickets, visit the Pocono Raceway page.
And if you’d like to add even more excitement to the weekend, DraftKings already has daily fantasy contests posted for the Cup races.
Saturday’s DK Engineer contest features a $200,000 prize pool and a first-place payout of $50,000 for an entry fee of $15. On Sunday, the Primary Day contest has a $350,000 pool with a top prize of $100,000 for an entry fee of $23.11
It all adds up a huge weekend of racing, with five events in three days, beginning on Friday.
The engines will start soon.
So buckle up.
Lead image credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum