NASCAR 2023 Picks: NOCO 400 Predictions, Preview, and Odds (Apr 16)

By · April 11, 2023
  • NOCO 400 is staged at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia this weekend
  • William Byron won the illustrious race for the first time in 2022

Competitive action on track in NASCAR resumes this weekend, as the NOCO 400 is staged at Martinsville Speedway. This race was won by William Byron last year, which ended a two-year dominant run from Martin Truex Jr. But, can the defending champion hold onto his prestigious honor this weekend?

Schedule and How To Watch

  • When: Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Martinsville Speedway, Virginia   
  • How To Watch: FS1

NOCO 400 Odds

William Byron+600
Kyle Larson+700
Christopher Bell+800
Denny Hamlin+800
Martin Truex Jr+900
Joey Logano+1000
Ryan Blaney+1100
Kyle Busch+1200

Latest odds for the NOCO 400 taken from an offshore sportsbook.

Event Preview

The NASCAR action moves to Virginia this weekend, as Martinsville Speedway hosts the prestigious NOCO 400. This race has been staged annually since 1950, and it is one of two races that is held at the track this season. Historically, the race has been staged over 500 laps, but it was condensed to 400 laps 12 months ago.

William Byron claimed a first victory in the race last year, which ended a two-year winning run recorded by Martin Truex Jr. Byron has already enjoyed an excellent start to the new season, as he has recorded two race wins. However, he has finished outside of the top ten in each of the previous two rounds.

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Last weekend was a huge moment for Christopher Bell, as the driver moved to the top of the standings with victory in the Food City Dirt Race. That was the third time in four races that he had finished in the top five places.

Ross Chastain dropped to second in the standings after finishing only 28th in the previous race. However, he has still enjoyed four top-ten finishes in the NASCAR Cup Series campaign this year.

NASCAR 2023: NOCO 400 Predictions

It should be another thrilling race on the Cup Series schedule this weekend, and a number of drivers have excellent chances. However, we will be siding with Chastain to respond after last weekend’s disappointment.

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