Chevrolet Could Make it Three in a Row: 1000Bulbs.com 500 Predictions and Odds
Toyota looked unbeatable in the first two playoff races.
The second one came with a 1-2-3-4 on the track for Joe Gibbs Racing.
While Chevy scored a one-two in round 3, it faced some tough competition from the Toyotas at Dover.
Ford has yet to win a race this postseason, but the Mustangs haven’t looked bad either.
Superspeedways, however, have been Chevrolet’s hunting ground this season.
The Bowtie cars scored pole-positions for the Daytona 500 and the May race at Talladega.
Chevy scored 1-2-3 finishes at ‘Dega and in the July Daytona 400-mile race.
As the series heads over to Talladega again this weekend, Chevrolet will try to make it three in a row during the playoffs.
How to Watch
What: 1000Bulbs.com 500
Where: Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL
When: Sunday, October 13th at 2:00 PM EST
How: NBC (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Why Chevrolet Is the Best Pick for Talladega
Chevrolet’s record at superspeedways in 2019 speaks for itself.
Despite struggling for most of the season, the Camaros were able to perform well at both Daytona and Talladega.
While the Chevys have run into some difficulties at downforce-dependant tracks, the Camaros have been strong at superspeedways.
Chevrolet’s engines have delivered at the high-speed tracks, as its qualifying record shows.
Most important, however, is that this speed has translated well into the races.
Earlier this year at ‘Dega, the Bowtie’s cars led a combined 74 of 188 laps.
Eventual winner Chase Elliott led a race-high 45 laps.
It’s not completely out of the question to expect a similar showing this weekend.
Carrying momentum from back-to-back wins, Chevrolet arrives at Talladega as the favorite.
Picking the Top Driver for Each Manufacturer
Chevrolet has a good number of options.
Chase Elliott is the favorite, having won at Talladega earlier this year.
His problems at Dover also means that #9 will need a strong result to bounce back.
Teammate Alex Bowman, who finished second in April, also could be a solid pick to lead the Camaros.
Bowman is coming off back-to-back top 3 finishes at Charlotte and Dover.
Team Penske has been the leading Ford squad at Talladega.
Despite having five wins to Logano’s three, Keselowski has been hit or miss at ‘Dega.
He has a best finish of 13th in three starts since his most recent win at the track.
Logano, meanwhile, has four consecutive top 5 finishes, making him a safer pick as the leading Ford.
It’s also worth keeping an eye on Stewart-Haas, which dominated last year’s race.
Almirola is the defending race winner and led 27 laps in the April race.
Picking the top Toyota, meanwhile, could be a bit trickier.
Denny Hamlin was the last driver to win at ‘Dega for the manufacturer, five years ago.
It’s no coincidence that #11 also holds the highest average finish among Toyota drivers in the last five races.
Should history repeat itself, Hamlin is the top candidate to cross the finish line as the best placed Toyota.
2019 1000Bulbs.com 500 Manufacturers Odds
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