2021 Cook Out Southern 500 Betting Preview

02 September 2021

The next NASCAR Cup Series race heads back to South Carolina on the famous Darlington Raceway. Many drivers have done well here over the years, but it is always anyone’s race. 

With the beginning of the playoffs here, the order of the rankings makes a huge difference. A handful of favorites will be interesting to watch. 

Race Details

  • Date: Sun, Sep 5, 5:00 PM
  • Watch on: NBCS
  • Track: Darlington Raceway

Betting Overview 

This marks the beginning of the playoffs, so now drivers have 10 races left in total to decide who will be the cup champion. A few drivers just squeezed by to make the cut, while others have been dominant all season. 
Head to Head Matchup to Watch 
For bettors that like recent success, Ryan Blaney (140.390) winning his second straight race is fairly impressive. He had to perform under these circumstances in order to be part of the playoffs. 

Another driver to watch compete with him is Aric Almirola (149.158). He had early success in the season and still poses a threat to other drivers. 
Dunkel Index For This Event 
The Dunkel Index is showing these top 10 drivers that could win this event. The following 10 are:

  • Ryan Blaney | 140.390                                              
  • Kyle Larson | 140.845                          
  • Chase Elliott | 142.463                                   
  • Kurt Busch | 145.949                         
  • Kyle Busch | 147.515                              
  • Martin Truex Jr | 147.897                                    
  • Aric Almirola | 149.158                    
  • Alex Bowman | 149.584                                             
  • Tyler Reddick | 149.619                                               
  • Chris Buescher | 149.817

*index is subject to changes 

Drivers That Could Win 

Chase Elliott (142.463) is going to be a threat throughout this entire playoffs. His battles with Larson have been great to watch and his performances have also been excellent. 

Elliot is also the defending Cup Series champion and knows a thing or two about winning. However, he is fifth on the list for the rankings and has some catching up to do. 

Kyle Busch (147.515) makes a solid case to win here as part of the heavy hitters on the Joe Gibbs Racing team. With past success, he has a slight advantage in that regard over drivers who have not claimed a victory here. 

Potential Winning Pick 

If Kyle Larson (140.845) had a second nickname, you could argue it would be called “consistency”. Yes, that is a rather boring name but you get the point. 

Driving has appeared to be second nature for him this season, with five victories on the year. In addition, he has 14 top five finishes to make a strong case once again. 

Performing at this track specifically, he has finished in the top three spots in each of the last three times he raced here. His last race was arguably the more incredible one. 

Back in May, he started the race at 14th and ended up in second place. Now, he has a great position to start the race and end it accordingly. 

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