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NASCAR 2023 Picks: GEICO 500 Predictions, Preview, and Odds (Apr 23)

By · April 18, 2023
  • Second Crown Jewel race of the season is staged at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend
  • Ross Chastain won the GEICO 500 for the first time last season

The second Crown Jewel race of the 2023 NASCAR season is staged this weekend, as Talladega Superspeedway hosts the GEICO 500. Revered as one of the fastest NASCAR races on the calendar, this race will be an unmissable event in yet another thrilling campaign of the NASCAR Cup Series.


Schedule and How To Watch

  • When: Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama   
  • How To Watch: FOX

GEICO 500 Odds

DriverOdds
Ryan Blaney+1200
Joey Logano+1200
William Byron+1300
Chase Elliott+1300
Denny Hamlin+1400
Brad Keselowski+1600
Kyle Larson+1600
Christopher Bell+1800

Latest odds for the GEICO 500 taken from an offshore sportsbook.


Event Preview

Excitement levels are always high ahead of the Crown Jewel races on the NASCAR calendar, and that will be no different this year. The GEICO 500 will see drivers compete a total race distance of 500 miles, with the first two stages both being made up of 60 laps apiece. The final stage will see the remaining 68 laps complete.

Brad Keselowski is among the leading contenders for a first race win this season. He has an excellent record in this event, as he is tied for the most victories alongside Jeff Gordon, with both drivers recording four victories. However, Ross Chastain is the defending champion, having claimed a dominant success at Talladega Superspeedway 12 months ago.

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Kyle Larson will come into the race this weekend in good form, as he landed a second race win in three starts in the NOCO 400 last weekend. That success means that he now sits fourth in the overall standings. Christopher Bell remains top of the standings, despite only finishing 16th in the race last weekend.

Martin Truex Jr could be a driver worth keeping an eye on this weekend, as he has been incredibly consistent throughout the season to this point. He finished third last weekend, which was his sixth top-15 finish of the campaign.


NASCAR 2023: GEICO 500 Predictions

This will be an exciting edition of the GEICO 500 this weekend, and cases can be made for a number of the drivers involved. However, we will take a chance on Truex Jr, as his performances have really caught the eye over the opening months of the season.

Free Pick:

Alex Dudley
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