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Jimmie Johnson (8-1) has three wins at Daytona including a Coke Zero 400 victory in 2013. But he does have the highest driver rating in the field at Daytona, 95.4, and won this race in 2008. (9-2) is the clear favorite this week. He finished fourth in this race last season and in the 500. The unpredictability of restrictor plate racing usually results in wild and chaotic finishes. This is the safest bet of the week.. ” title=”NASCAR heads back to Daytona this weekend. Harvick has a driver rating of 83.4, ninth best. (15-1) missed winning the season opening Daytona 500 by mere inches after leading a race high 95 laps. While it can make choosing a winner tough, there are usually those who rise to the top and run near the front.

NASCAR heads back to Daytona this weekend. He has four wins at Daytona, all in the Coke Zero 400 races. With his third place finish in this race last year, and his 500 win though, Hamlin has proven that he has what it takes to run near the front.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt has the second best driver rating among the field, 95.4, but had he not been swept up in an accident during the season opening Daytona 500, there is little doubt he would rank higher. Don’t count out Busch Saturday night.

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After a fantastic road course race last weekend in Sonoma, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads to the opposite coast this week for Saturday nights Coke Zero 400 at the place the season began, Daytona International Speedway. ET with the green flag coming at about 7:45 p.m. His driver rating here, 78.8 is only the thirteenth best in the field, but after the dominating performances he has staged elsewhere this season, including the Daytona 500, Truex will be a man on a mission and looking for redemption.

Here are our favorites for Saturday’s seventeenth race of the year for your betting or fantasy racing leagues. His driver rating, 85.4, is seventh best and no one would be surprised to see Stewart add a fifth Saturday night.

Martin Truex Jr. He is the defending winner of this race, and is tied with Tony Stewart among active drivers here with four wins. Live coverage will be on NBC starting at 7:00 p.m. Winning the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 in the same year isn’t unprecedented, Jimmie Johnson accomplished the feat in 2013, but given the unpredictability of the racing at Daytona it is tough to do. Johnson has the sixth best driver rating in the field, 88.7, and was second in this race last season.

OTHERS: Kevin Harvick (10-1) has two wins here including a July win in 2010. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Tony Stewart (25-1) will be riding the momentum of his win at Sonoma last Sunday. He was also third in the season opening Daytona 500 and has run strong most of the year. The odds are current as of Wednesday.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway will be run on Saturday July 2. Johnson could definitely be a player Saturday night.

Denny Hamlin (10-1) won the season opening Daytona 500 with a last lap pass of Truex. Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 total) among active drivers at Daytona International Speedway.The Driver Rating is a number based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines “loop data” elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, and other stats