2019 Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway - Predictions and Odds
The first half of the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series is almost done.
Chicago also adds another interesting element.
This weekend’s round means that only ten races remain before the field is set for the playoffs.
Much like 2018, this year hasn’t seen a lot of variety when it comes to race winners.
Only six different drivers have made trips to victory lane.
In other words, a win now means a spot in the postseason.
Here are the best picks for this weekend’s round.
How to Watch
What: Camping World 400
Where: Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL
When: Sunday, June 30th at 3:00 PM EST
How: NBCSN (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Favorites to Win the 2019 Camping World 400
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. is the early favorite this time around.
The 2017 champion is arguably the fastest driver at the moment.
Truex had a rough start in 2019 following his move to Joe Gibbs Racing.
But now he is definitely back on form.
He is fresh off a series-leading fourth win last weekend, his third career victory at Sonoma.
Truex is second in the all-time winners list at Chicago with two triumphs.
He made back-to-back trips to victory lane in 2016 and 2017.
The 2017 champion is now fifth in points with four wins, seven top 5 and ten top 10 in 16 races.
Defending race winner Kyle Busch is also a two-time winner at Chicago.
Busch came on top of a wild final lap, punting off Kyle Larson and holding off brother Kurt Busch.
The result ended a decade-long drought at the track.
The 2015 champion has only missed out on the top 10 once in the last seven races at Chicagoland.
He is also a four-time pole winner there, the most out of any track for him.
Busch started from the pole in three of the last five races at the Illinois track.
Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing’s dominance at the track is also another important factor.
Since the Gen 6’s introduction, the team has won all but one race at Chicago.
Busch is second in points with four wins, ten top 5 and 15 top 10 finishes in 16 starts.
Brad Keselowski is the only non-Toyota driver to have won at Chicagoland Speedway since 2013.
Chicago is, statistically, his best track.
Keselowski has a career average finish of 9.2 in nine starts, the best in the track’s history.
He is also a two-time winner there, having done so in 2012 and 2014.
The 2012 champion is fifth in points with three wins, six top 5 and eight top 10 finishes in 16 starts.
Outside Picks for the 2019 Camping World 300
Kevin Harvick is still looking for his first win of 2019.
Despite being incredibly consistent this year, this is now his worst start to a season with Stewart-Haas.
While Harvick is also a two-time winner at Chicago, it’s been quite some time since his last triumph there.
He made back-to-back trips to victory lane in 2001 and 2002, the first two races in the track’s history.
Harvick is the all-time leader in top 5s at Chicago, with ten in 18 starts.
The Stewart-Haas driver finished third in the last two races at the track.
The recent drought, however, has made the 2014 champion into a less reliable pick.
Harvick is currently third in points with five top 5 and 11 top 10 finishes in 16 races.
Denny Hamlin’s form at Chicago has seen a significant improvement in recent years.
He has five straight top 10 finishes after only scoring two in his first eight starts at the track.
Hamlin won the race in 2015, which was also his first top 5 at Chicago.
The Joe Gibbs driver got off to a great start in 2019, winning the Daytona 500.
But #11 has seen a significant drop in performance in recent races.
Hamlin had a worst finish of 11 in the first nine races of the season.
He has only scored one top 5 and two top 10 finishes since then.
With two wins, seven top 5 and ten top 10 results in 16 races, Hamlin is sixth in points.
A driver that could be a surprise winner this weekend is Aric Almirola.
The Stewart-Haas racer led the most laps last year and won the first stage, but finished down in 25th.
He has been solid this season and is the second-best among Stewart-Haas drivers in the standings.
Almirola is currently 11th in points with one top 5 and nine top 10 finishes in 16 starts.
He had seven consecutive top 10 results in the first eight races, but has only scored two since then.
2019 Camping World 400 Odds
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|Driver||Camping World 400 Winner||Link|
|Busch, Kyle||+325||Bet Now|
|Harvick, Kevin||+450||Bet Now|
|Truex Jr. Martin||+600||Bet Now|
|Keselowski, Brad||+750||Bet Now|
|Logano, Joey||+750||Bet Now|
|Eliott, Chase||+900||Bet Now|
|Larson, Kyle||+1100||Bet Now|
|Bowyer, Clint||+1700||Bet Now|
|Hamlin, Denny||+1700||Bet Now|
|Blaney, Ryan||+2000||Bet Now|
|Busch, Kurt||+2000||Bet Now|
|Johnson, Jimmie||+2500||Bet Now|
|Jones, Erik||+2500||Bet Now|
|Almirola, Aric||+3000||Bet Now|
|Bowman, Alex||+3000||Bet Now|
|Suarez, Daniel||+4000||Bet Now|
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