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2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR Odds, Preview, and Prediction

By Hank Blaine

The most famous track on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit is Daytona, but arguably No. 2 is the series’ one annual trip to the Brickyard, otherwise known as Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard is Sunday with Chase Elliott as the +200 favorite. Be sure to check out for NASCAR betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook.

2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Race Info

  • When: Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7:00 pm ET
  • Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • TV: NBC Sports Network
  • Radio: MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Live Stream: NBCSports.com

2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Recap

Last year, NASCAR switched the date of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 from the United States’ Independence Day on July 4 to the last Saturday of August. The date switch worked out so well that NASCAR decided to keep it for this year.

Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron, currently seventh on the NASCAR Cup Standings, grabbed the checkered flag in last year’s race. Chase Elliott, another Hendrick driver, finished second while Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. finished third and fourth.

Last Race, 2021 Firekeeper’s Casino 400 Recap

Ryan Blaney took the checkered flag in last week’s race, the Firekeeper’s Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Blaney started third, maintained a decent position throughout, and led 8 laps to grab the victory. Kyle Larson, first-place on the NASCAR Standings, started from the pole position. Larson led 70 laps on his way to a third-place finish. Second-place went to Byron. The Hendrick driver started eighteenth and led 18 laps. Kurt Busch finished fourth while Denny Hamlin finished fifth.

2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Picks

Denny Hamlin opened as a +750 favorite. Hamlin’s average finish over all races at Daytona is 11. He has scored five Top 10 finishes and a couple of victories in his last 7 attempts. Hamlin is the name driver among the Top 10 average order of finish at Daytona, which is why he’s the chalk. Denny should be tough to beat. He hasn’t won a race this year, though, which makes him a vulnerable favorite.

Among the top choices based on odds, William Byron looks like a decent play. Byron finished second at Michigan. Three races ago, he finished sixth at Watkins Glen. His average finish at Daytona, 20.71, doesn’t impress, but Hendrick knows Byron must race well on Saturday to solidify a position in the Top 16.

Kyle Larson has dominated this season with 5 wins from 25 races. He hasn’t finished worse than third in the last three events. If Larson finished worst than third on Saturday, it would be a surprise. Larson has a shot to win. So if you’re icy on Byron, Larson’s not a bad play to win another.

The chalk, Denny Hamlin, should finish no worse than third. Hamlin hasn’t won a race this year, and that makes him a tough driver to put on top, but he has thirteen Top 5 finishes. Also, Hamlin must race well to ensure he makes it to the NASCAR Cup Playoffs. Right now, Denny sits in fourteenth place on the NASCAR Cup Standings.

First: William Byron

Second: Kyle Larson

Third: Denny Hamlin

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