- 2020 Big Machine Hand Sanitizer gets underway on Sunday, July 5, 4:00 PM ET
- Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick neck-and-neck in sportsbooks’ eyes
- Kyle Busch has won two back-to-back races in 2015 and 2016, but isn’t expected to cross the finishing line first this year
Following Pocono Raceway, NASCAR is returning with Speedway, Indiana for the Big machine Hand Sanitizer 400, a race that carries what is perhaps the best name an event could have in the current global circumstances. Yet, drivers are interested not so much in puns as they are in winning the Indianapolis Motor Speedway taking place on Sunday, July 5, at 4:00 PM ET.
The 160-lap race will be one of the longest in the circuit and bring together a number of established racers, not least Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch who are all tied for the first place, with Busch falling behind just a wee bit behind the other two.
Odds to Win 2020 Big Machine Hand Sanitizer
|Martin Truex Jr.||+1300|
Who Will Win? Hamlin vs Harvick
With Kevin Harvick (+450) clocking several good weekends, albeit not too good, Harvick is one of the two most likely contenders to win the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer. Sure, his last a dozen or so showings were a bit of a rough patch. Yet, he has made up for it by winning Pocono on Saturday and then progressing to second place on Sunday.
It was a weekend that he will remember fondly. Now, heading for Indianapolis again, right after these empowering victories, we have every reason to believe Harvick is in an exceptional position to win big.
He already has in fact. Harvick drove through the finishing line first in 2019, securing the title, and overall, his showing has been solid here. He made Top 10 on the racetrack in his last six showings, showing great consistency. Some wonder if Hamlin and Harvick have any competition at all.
Hamlin Good to Go?
Now, Denny Hamlin’s (+450) overall performance has been great this season and despite the setback brought on by the novel coronavirus, the racer has done a great job of returning to the racetrack.
The drawback here is that Indianapolis isn’t an event he has managed to win in the past, opening some reasons for doubt. He did win the Sunday Pocono 350, however, edging out Harvick in the final lap.
Yet, repeating the same scenario in a different track is always down to the luck of the draw. Hamlin remains a good pick, but we definitely give Harvick the upper hand in this race.
What About Busch?
Kyle Busch (+600) is a great choice as well given his previous performance in Indianapolis. The man won back-to-back in 2015 and 2016. His recent performance has been decent and he already managed to win a race this year. Yet he has had some internal strife in his team to sort out as well, and the question is, can he race to the top again?
Busch is a good pick insofar as he comes third in the sportsbooks’ recent pricing, which means that he will be another neck-and-neck contender. Yet, in our own experience betting on NASCAR, such slight margins don’t often pay too well. If we had to choose, we’d probably bet on Brad Keselowski instead or even Joey Logano both priced at (+750.)