2018 Hollywood Casino 400 Odds & Preview

2018 Hollywood Casino 400 Odds & Preview

Written by on October 18, 2018

If you’re a NASCAR fan and auto racing betting enthusiast and you love ‘drama’ then you should know that you’re going to get plenty of both, exciting race car action – and drama – when the 2018 Hollywood Casino 400 goes down live from Kansas Speedway on Sunday.

2018 Hollywood Casino 400 Odds & Preview

You see, with 12 drivers still in the playoff chase, the 2018 NASCAR steamrolling towards its annual playoffs, four more drivers will be cut from championship contention this weekend. Sunday’s race will be the ninth race this season on a 1.5-mile track and second visit to Kansas. Only two drivers, Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola are guaranteed to advance by winning the first two races in the second round at Dover and Talladega the last two weeks while Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have almost enough points to advance without needing much effort on Sunday. That means that Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, and Alex Bowman are basically in win or go home situations. Keselowski is 18 points behind Martin Truex Jr. for the last playoff spot. “We’ve obviously not had the round we wanted, but we had some similar issues in this round last year,” said Kyle Busch. “If we didn’t have those bonus points, this weekend might look a lot different heading into the race. So I’m thankful that the system is in place that rewards the good runs we had during the regular season. We’ll just have to do what we’ve been doing all year and see where that puts us, and if we have a shot to go for the win, then we’ll obviously try to do that, as well, like we do every week with our M&M’S Halloween scheme.” Busch and Harvick have dominated the 2018 NASCAR season with seven wins apiece. Harvick and Busch both have an identical three wins on 1.5-mile tracks this season including Harvick’s win at Kansas on May 12. Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin are just looking to get their first win of the season to see their win streaks stay active. Both have won at least one race a season since their rookie years. With that said, you can expect some seriously aggressive driving from a bunch of guys that know anything less than a victory is either going to knock them out of playoff contention or put them close to it. “The way we ran at Las Vegas last month was really encouraging,” said three-time Kansas winner Jimmie Johnson. “We had a top-five car until we cut a tire down. I’m encouraged about the progress on the No. 48 team and am looking forward to Kansas.” While Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch dominated on 1.5-mile tracks early this season, neither is my pick to win the Hollywood 400 and one of the two aren’t in my picks to finish in the top five.

Odds to Win 2018 Hollywood 400

  • Kevin Harvick +270
  • Kyle Larson +375
  • Martin Truex Jr +475
  • Kyle Busch +880
  • Brad Keselowski +880
  • Ryan Blaney +1100
  • Joey Logano +1650
  • Chase Elliott +1950
  • Erik Jones +2750
  • Aric Almirola +3300
  • Jimmie Johnson +4500
  • Denny Hamlin +4500
  • Austin Dillon +9000
  • Alex Bowman +9000
  • Daniel Suarez +9000
  • Paul Menard +11000
  • Ryan Newman +22000
  • Jamie McMurray +22000
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr +33000
  • William Byron +33000
  • Trevor Bayne +110000
  • AJ Allmendinger +110000
  • Chris Buescher +110000
  • Michael McDowell +220000
  • Regan Smith +220000
  • Ty Dillon +220000
  • Darrell Wallace Jr +220000

2018 Holly Casino 400 Prediction

  • #2 Brad Keselowski (8/1)
  • #78 Martin Truex Jr. (9/2)
  • #4 Kevin Harvick (5/2)
  • #22 Joey Logano (15/1)
  • #42 Kyle Larson (7/2)
I’m going with Brad Keselowski to get the win, seeing as how he’s driving really well right now with three consecutive wins the first three weeks of September and a win here back in 2011. Keselowski has nine Top 5 finishes this season. I’m going with 2017 NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. as my No. 2 pick, seeing as how he’s mastered driving on 1.5-mile tracks as well, if not better, than everyone else. Truex Jr., who sits in seventh place in the NASCAR standings, has four wins this season ans he won both races at Kansas last year. I like Kevin Harvick as my No. 3 pick to win in Kansas, seeing as how he just won here in May and also in the fall of 2016 and fall of 2013. Again, he’s tied for the lead this season with seven victories, but he’s also got an insane 20 Top 5 finishes. I’m going with Joey Logano as my fourth pick to win this event seeing as how he won this same race in both, 2014 and 2015. Sure, Logano has just one win this season, but he does have 10 Top 5 finishes and again, some history of success here. Last but not least, I’m going with Kevin Larson out of sheer desperation. Larson might not have a win this season, but he’s in 11th place in the standings and he needs a win here in order to reach the third round. With nine Top 5 finishes this season, I think he’ll have a chance.  
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