Following Denny Hamlin's win last weekend at the AdventHealth 400, we now look ahead to the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on Sunday. For the second week in a row, Kyle Larson heads in as the favorite to win with +400 odds, followed by Martin Truex Jr (+650), Hamlin (+700), and Tyler Reddick (+950). Ross Chastain, who is currently the points leader, sits at +1200. The green flag is scheduled to drop at 3 PM ET. Keep reading for the Goodyear 400 picks.
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Goodyear 400 Odds
|Martin Truex Jr||+650||+700||+700|
Goodyear 400 has 293 laps in total, with 90 in stage 1, 95 in stage 2, and 108 in stage 3. The race consists of just over 400 miles. Joey Logano is the reigning champion, while Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin won the two years prior to that. This race at Darlington was discontinued from 2005 to 2019 but returned in 2020.
Kyle Larson (+400)
Larson wasn't exactly great at Darlington last season, finishing in 36th and 12th. But, he'd had success here before with several runner-up performances and a couple of top-five finishes as well. Larson already has two wins and two second-place finishes in 2023, having just failed to beat out Hamlin for top spot last weekend. On similar tracks to Darlington, Larson tends to drive well, too.
Martin Truex Jr (+650)
Truex didn't finish either race at Darlington in 2022 after running into car issues. That being said, he's in solid form at the moment. Truex was an eighth-place finish at Kansas while winning Dover two weeks ago. Truex is a seasoned veteran who is capable of coming up with a big performance at any given moment. Perhaps Sunday is his time to grab another victory?
Denny Hamlin (+700)
How can you not discuss last week's winner? Hamlin is a four-time winner at Darlington, which means he is typically great on this track. Also, he has five top-five finishes there in his last seven visits to South Carolina. As for current form, Hamlin is thriving. He's finished within the top-five three times in the last four weeks. There's a good chance he can stay hot and be in contention Sunday.
Ross Chastain (+1200)
Chastain is currently atop the Cup Series standings with 404 points, sitting 31 points ahead of Christopher Bell. He finished in fifth last week at Kansas and then second at Dover. Hamlin has five top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes. As for Darlington, he was 30th and 20th last year. Not exactly great. However, you can't ignore a guy who is driving this well. Could be worth a shot!
Christopher Bell (+1000)
Bell is second in the table and has four top-10 finishes in his last six races. But, he did finish in 36th at Kansas. As for Darlington, Bell was fifth and sixth last season. There's a track record of success for Bell in South Carolina. You'd also have to believe he'll bounce back after such a brutal performance at the AdventHealth 400.
Goodyear 400 Picks
Kyle Larson has come so close to winning at Darlington before. Something tells me it's his time to finally conquer this race. Take the favorite.