It’s time for one of the most unpredictable races in the Cup Series.
Talladega hosts the fifth round of the 2019 playoffs.
When it comes to betting, superspeedways are always tricky to get right.
A single crash can easily wipe out most of the potential winners.
Different strategies, drafting and cautions only add to the uncertainty.
If you don’t feel too confident about picking a winner, there is always the option to pick drivers for the top 3, top 5 or top 10.
Here are five picks worth considering for this weekend’s race.
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
Byron is still chasing after his first career win in the Cup Series.
He has shown some promising pace in the most recent races, although not good enough to perhaps contend for wins.
That being said, he has been a consistent top 5 and top 10 threat.
While he has yet to score a top 20 finish at Talladega, this could very well change this weekend.
Byron scored the pole position for this year’s Daytona 500 and finished second in the rain-shortened July race.
With his superspeedway form improving, the Hendrick Motorsports driver could be a good pick for the top 5.
DiBenedetto has secured his seat for 2020, signing with Wood Brothers.
The 2019 sensation is looking for a chance to go out of Leavine Family Racing on a high.
The fan favorite driver led the most laps in this year’s Daytona 500 but crashed out towards the end.
His form at Talladega hasn’t been as good as DiBenedetto has two 18th place finishes as his best results.
But the Joe Gibbs satellite operation has shown that it could deliver an upset.
While a win isn’t likely, DiBenedetto looks like the classic potential superspeedway underdog who could sneak into a top 5 finish.
Another good underdog pick for the weekend, Preece has impressed at superspeedways this year.
The Modifieds star scored an eighth-place finish in the Daytona 500 to open the season.
Preece then survived the carnage at Talladega to score a career-best third place, having also started from third.
JTG Daugherty runs with a Hendrick-prepared engine, which also adds to the potential of an upset.
While repeating the top 3 finish will be difficult, Preece could be an interesting pick for the top 10 or even a top 5 result.
Stenhouse is set to leave Roush Fenway Racing after spending 11 years with the organization.
Still, without a seat for 2020, he has six more chances to impress this season.
Stenhouse’s first career win in the Cup Series came at Talladega in 2017.
He added a second victory later that year at Daytona.
Seven of his 15 top 5 finishes in the Cup Series came at superspeedways.
Stenhouse has two top 5 results in four starts at ‘Dega since his victory.
The two-time Xfinity Series champion has the potential to repeat his result from last year, a season-best third place.
A late caution denied a potential win for Bowman in April at Talladega.
He still scored a very solid second-place finish behind teammate Chase Elliott.
These three tracks, coincidentally, are all part of the Round of 12.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver scored a third-place at Dover in this round’s opener.
Bowman also scored a clutch second place at Charlotte in order to escape an early elimination.
With plenty of momentum, #88 looks like a very promising pick for a top 3 finish.
The odds for the 100Bulbs.com 500 are provided by DraftKings.
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