NASCAR at Watkins Glen 2018 odds and picks: Advanced model locks in surprising predictions for GoBowling at The Glen

After launching at 3-1, Kyle Busch is the 3-2 preferred for NASCAR in Watkins Glen 2018, which runs Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. It is the second road course race of the season and Denny Hamlin, recorded at 10-1 NASCAR at Watkins Glen odds, won the pole on Saturday. Busch leads all active drivers with four road wins, including two at Watkins Glen, but his final win in The Glen was back in 2013. Martin Truex Jr. won GoBowling at The Glen this past year and is listed at 4-1 odds. Prior to making any 2018 NASCAR in Watkins Glen picks, you need to find out what SportsLine’s advanced computer version must say.

The model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has an established track record in a number of sports. It also forces McClure’s DFS projections, which have led him to more than $1 million in career winnings.

McClure, who has a mechanical engineering degree, grew up around race tracks. Significant racing events like this have been in his blood, and his model was beating its 2018 NASCAR picks.

The model has made several enormous calls this year, nailing the 1-2 finish for Busch and Harvick at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 also as Harvick’s win in the KC Masterpiece 400. In addition, it pinpointed five of the top 10 in Bristol and two of the top five at Daytona, simply to name a few. Anyone following its picks this season is way, way up.

Now that the 2018 NASCAR at Watkins Glen field is locked, SportsLine simulated the occasion 10,000 times and the results were so unexpected.

One sudden pick from the version for GoBowling at The Glen 2018: Chase Elliott, getting the third-best NASCAR in Watkins Glen chances to win at 6-1, does not sniff the best 10. He’s a driver to prevent on Sunday despite his stellar starting place of third.

Elliott is still in search of his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series triumph. He has cracked the top 10 in four of his last seven starts, but was just 19th in Chicago and 34th in Daytona a month. Last year at Watkins Glen, Elliott again started near the top in fourth, but finished a disappointing 13th. He clocked the fastest speed (124.520 mph) in the final practices for GoBowling at The Glen 2018, but the model says he is a popular to fade.

Another shocker: Truex Jr., obtaining the second-best chances at 4-1, does not even finish in the top five.

He has had lots of success on street tracks, such as winning last year. But he’s a risky pick at these odds because he has an average finish position of 12th at Watkins Glen in his career, and it has completed 10th or worse in three of his past six races here. There are better values out there in this Go Bowling at The Glen field.

Rather, the version is targeting two enormous underdogs with odds longer than 30-1 who are poised to make a serious run at the checkered flag, such as a monster long haul. Anyone who bets on such underdogs could strike it rich.

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