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Sleepers for the 2020 NASCAR Pocono Organics 325 – Can Erik Jones Surprise Us All?
The 2020 NASCAR Pocono Organics 325 gets underway at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, this Saturday, June 27.
The betting favorites for the race include defending Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott. All four will be vying to take the checkered flag in the first of two races this weekend at the “Tricky Triangle,” but I’ll be looking past these four in order to find the value bets for NASCAR’s latest race.
I’ve taken all odds below from MyBookie — one of our recommended NASCAR betting sites — so feel free to check out the full list of odds over on their website.
So, let’s get my NASCAR Pocono Organics 325 sleepers started with a guy who’s coming off a win in the last Cup Series showdown but is somehow being slept on for Pocono this Saturday.
Ryan Blaney +1100
Blaney is probably still celebrating his first win of the season, which came in the 2020 Geico 500 at Talladega on Monday.
Finishing 4th in Atlanta, 2nd at Martinsville, and 3rd at Homestead, Blaney’s form has been terrific over the past four races. A disappointing DNF at the Supermarket Heroes 500 came after back-to-back third-place finishes in Charlotte.
Needless to say, Blaney is showing the type of form that wins championships. His return of five podiums from seven races is really something. With that, if he can get a win on Saturday at the “Tricky Triangle,” he will send a serious message to the rest of the field that he means business.
Blaney is no stranger to Pocono, having earned his first-ever Cup Series win on the track in 2017. In his last four races here, he has finished 6th, 12th, 12th, and 10th.
If you’re looking for a good Pocono Organics 325 sleeper, Blaney is your man.
William Byron +1800
Byron has four top tens in the current Cup Series campaign and will be hoping to push himself further up the leaderboard at Pocono.
In his last four starts here, Byron has an average finishing position of 9.25, which includes one top-five and three top tens. The 22-year-old could be an excellent Pocono Organics 325 pick for another top-ten finish.
Byron’s best finish here was fourth in 2019, which bettered his 2018 rookie season finish of sixth. I would say there are worse drivers here than Byron.
Erik Jones +2000
Jones is coming off a fifth-place finish at Talladega on Monday, which makes it three top fives this season.
At odds of +2000, Jones is not considered a huge threat to the usual suspects higher up on the bookies’ list, but don’t count him out. He’s worth a shot as a Pocono Organics 325 value bet. Jones has three top fives from his last four races here, which includes 2nd and 3rd in July and June of 2019, respectively.
I’m tempted to throw some loose change on Jones winning this race. But a bet on a top five finish for Jones — the first driver to ever win Rookie of the Year in all three NASCAR national series — is also worth a shot at these odds.
Kurt Busch +2000
Kurt Busch might be approaching the end of his Cup Series career, but there is still plenty of fight in the old dog.
The Chip Ganassi veteran has fared pretty well at Pocono in recent times, with one win, three top fives, and three top tens in his last ten races. Busch debuted here in 2001 and has an average finishing position of 14.41 since then.
Busch registered a ninth-place finish at the GEICO 500 on Monday, which takes him to six top tens in his last seven races. On that basis alone, his odds represent decent value. And while I’m not picking him to win, he could very well finish inside the top five, or even better.
Jimmie Johnson +2500
Johnson has three wins and 11 top fives in 36 starts at Pocono. While his last win was all the way back in 2013, Johnson has four top 10s since then.
Johnson is competing in his last-ever Cup Series campaign and would love nothing more than a win here. While I don’t see that happening, the NASCAR legend could very well turn back the clock and crack the top ten, at least.
The Californian has six top tens and two top fives already this season and could do even better this Saturday. Once again, I’d be highly surprised if he won, but a top-ten finish is not beyond this guy.
That’s All From Me
If you like the look of any of my Pocono Organics 325 sleepers, you know what to do. If you’re far from impressed, check out a full list of odds by hitting the link at the top of the page. And you can also head on over to my post on the top candidates to win the Pocono Organics 325.
Either way, make sure to stock up on beers ahead of the race this Saturday. Pace yourself, of course, because the Pocono 350 is scheduled for the following day — and no one likes watching racing on a hangover, huh?