NASCAR: Daytona 500

The 2020 NASCAR schedule concludes the regular season on Saturday as the 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 takes the green flag at 7:30 p.m. ET. It's the third visit to Daytona on the adjusted schedule this season, and the second race on the iconic tri-oval after the track also hosted one event on the road course. Drivers in the 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 starting lineup with a lot on the line in terms of playoff implications include Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon. All are on the bubble of making the 16-driver cut.

The 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 odds from William Hill list Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin as the co-favorites at 9-1. They'll try to hold off other 2020 NASCAR at Daytona contenders such as Brad Keselowski (10-1), Chase Elliott (10-1) and Kevin Harvick (12-1). Before locking in any 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 picks for Saturday, be sure to see the latest 2020 NASCAR at Daytona predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven model at SportsLine

Developed by daily Fantasy pro and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, this proprietary NASCAR prediction model simulates every race 10,000 times, taking into account factors such as track history and recent results.

The model began the 2020 NASCAR season by picking Denny Hamlin to win his second consecutive Daytona 500 at 10-1. It got off to a hot start on its NASCAR picks following the coronavirus hiatus as well, calling seven of the top 10 drivers at both Darlington races. Using the model, McClure also recommended an outright play on winner Brad Keselowski at 13-1 as one of his best bets at Bristol in May. 

The model also called Kevin Harvick's win at Atlanta and nailed a whopping nine top-10 finishers in that race. McClure also used the model to lock in an outright bet on Hamlin winning at 10-1 at Miami. At The Brickyard, the model called Harvick's fourth victory of the season, and also identified four top-five drivers in the All-Star Race at Bristol. At the Daytona road course, the model called Chase Elliott's win and nailed three of the top four drivers. Anybody who has follow the model has seen huge returns. 

Now, the model simulated the NASCAR at Daytona race on Saturday, Aug. 29, 10,000 times. Head here to see the complete projected leaderboard.

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The model is high on Kurt Busch, even though he's a big 17-1 long shot in the latest NASCAR at Daytona odds from William Hill. He's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. The elder Busch brother sits in 10th in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series standings, just 19 points behind brother Kyle Busch for ninth.

Kurt Busch is still looking for his first win this season, but he's piled up points thanks to four top-five finishes and a whopping 14 top-10 runs. Accidents have plagued him at this track in recent years. But when he's avoided them, he's put together some impressive races. He finished 10th in the summer Daytona race last year, and he has 13 total top-five finishes at this track, highlighted by a win in the 2017 Daytona 500. Despite that success, he's still going off with longer odds this week, making him a strong choice for 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 bets. 

And a massive shocker: Ryan Blaney, one of the Vegas co-favorites at 9-1, stumbles big-time and doesn't even crack the top five. Blaney has a proven superspeedway setup after winning at Talladega earlier this year and finishing second at The Great American Race, but he's been struggling lately, while his overall track history at Daytona International Speedway isn't strong.

Blaney has just one top-10 finish in his last seven starts and owns just three top-10s in 10 career starts at Daytona. In fact, Blaney has finished outside the top 25 on five occasions at the sport's most iconic venue. There are far better values in this loaded 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400 starting lineup.

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The model is also targeting three other drivers with 2020 NASCAR at Daytona odds of 14-1 or longer to make a serious run at the checkered flag. Anyone who backs these drivers could hit it big. You can only see who they are here.

So who wins Saturday's 2020 Coke Zero Sugar 400? And which long shot stuns NASCAR? Check out the latest odds below and then visit SportsLine now to see the full projected 2020 NASCAR at Daytona leaderboard, all from the model that has crushed its NASCAR picks and nailed the Daytona 500.

2020 NASCAR at Daytona odds (via William Hill)

Joey Logano 9-1
Ryan Blaney 9-1
Denny Hamin 9-1
Brad Keselowski 10-1
Chase Elliott 10-1
Kevin Harvick 12-1
Kyle Busch 14-1
Jimmie Johnson 17-1
Kurt Busch 17-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17-1
Aric Almirola 17-1
Martin Truex Jr. 18-1
Clint Bowyer 25-1
Alex Bowman 25-1
Erik Jones 30-1
Austin Dillon 30-1
Matt DiBenedetto 30-1
William Byron 30-1
Tyler Reddick 30-1
Bubba Wallace 35-1
Cole Custer 50-1
Chris Buescher 50-1
Christopher Bell 50-1
Ryan Newman 50-1
Matt Kenseth 60-1
Michael McDowell 75-1
John Hunter Nemechek 75-1
Ross Chastain 100-1
Ryan Preece 125-1
Corey Lajoie 150-1
Daniel Suarez 150-1
Brendan Gaughan 150-1
Ty Dillon 150-1
Brennan Poole 300-1
James Davison 500-1
Josh Bilicki 500-1
Timmy Hill 500-1
Quin Houff 500-1
JJ Yeley 500-1
Joey Gase 500-1