NASCAR Preview: 2020 Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Odds and Picks

If the name of this race seems a bit different… it is!  Big Machine Vodka is also cranking out bottles of hand sanitizer. What’s not different are the drivers at the top of the favorites list starting with Kevin Harvick at +450.

Harvick and Denny Hamlin (+500) swapped wins last weekend at the Duel-race weekend at Pocono Raceway. Harvick beat Hamlin to the win on Saturday while Hamlin won over Harvick on Sunday.

Overall my picks went well as Hamlin and Kyle Busch paid off with my most disappointing pick being Chase Elliott who placed twelfth. Check out my 2020 Pocono 325 article for more information.


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This week the question is if any other driver can top either Harvick or Hamlin? The two drivers have combined for seven of the fifteen races run this season. Everyone of top-five favorite drivers to win the 2020 Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 have won a Cup Series race this year.

Kevin Harvick +450

Denny Hamlin +500

Kyle Busch +550

Brad Keselowski +750

Joey Logano +800


Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Info

Date: Sunday, July 5th, 2020

Start Time: 4:00 PM Eastern

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana

Type: 2.5 miles, Rectangular Oval

Banking: Turns: 9.2°, Straights: 0°

Race Distance: 160 laps, 400 miles

Defending Track Winner: Kevin Harvick

TV/Radio: Fox / MRN

Wins by Manufacturer: Chevrolet 17, Ford 5, Toyota 2, (Dodge 1, Pontiac 1)


This race, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, started as the Brickyard 400 before going through a series of name changes while still being referred to as the “Brickyard” by many race fans. The current complete name of the Cup Series race is the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records.

Best Bets for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400

Kevin Harvick +450

I see no reason to stray away from Kevin Harvick as he’s proven himself this season as well as at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has three polls and two checkered flags during his Cup career.

Last year at the Brickyard he led 118 of 160 laps. He has seven top-five and thirteen top-ten finishes at the track.

Brad Keselowski +750

Brad Keselowski has one NASCAR Cup Series Indy win under his belt as well as a handful of top-five and top-ten finishes at the track. His win came in 2018 when he beat Erik Jones to the flag with… guess who… Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick placing 3rd and 4th.

Clint Bowyer +2500

Clint Bowyer may be the surprise of the weekend!

Bowyer is ranked 7th overall with three or more starts at Indy among active drivers.

Bowyer has been the receiver of several strange finishes due to other drivers having problems. If he can stay out of trouble he could be the car to beat.

Others I like to win the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400

Kyle Busch & Kurt Busch: I can’t put Kyle Busch at the front this week as he’s still leaving me hanging due to several inconsistencies. However, I can’t push him completely to the side.

The same goes for his older brother Kurt. The elder Busch brother is now tenth in the points standings – one spot ahead of Kyle.

Big Machine Hand Sanitizer Odds

Kevin Harvick +450

Denny Hamlin +500

Kyle Busch +550

Brad Keselowski +750

Joey Logano +800

Martin Truex Jr +1000

Chase Elliott +1000

Ryan Blaney +1000

Clint Bowyer +2500

William Byron +2500

Erik Jones +2500

Kurt Busch +3300

Aric Almirola +3300

Alex Bowman +4000

Jimmie Johnson +5000

Matt Kenseth +6600

Matt Dibenedetto +6600

Tyler Reddick +8000

Chris Buescher +10000

Ryan Newman +10000

Christopher Bell +10000

Darrell Wallace Jr. +10000

Austin Dillon +15000

Ricky Stenhouse Jr +15000

Cole Custer +20000

Ty Dillon +50000

John Hunter Nemechek +50000

Daniel Suarez +50000

Ryan Preece +75000

Michael McDowell +100000

Corey Lajoie +200000

Joey Gase +200000

Timmy Hill +200000

Quinn Houff +200000

BJ McLeod +200000

Brennan Poole +200000

J.J. Yeley +200000

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Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

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·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

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