“Between Bets” is an article series revealing our staff’s best wagers across the NFL, NASCAR and PGA Tour. This week’s offering features our favorite GEICO 500 bet. This either-to-win race special locks onto two past Talladega winners, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., manning his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Camero, and Joey Logano in his No. 22 Penske Racing Ford Mustang.
(Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook)
GEICO 500 Either-to-Win Race Special: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Or Joey Logano (+650)
Stenhouse Jr. enters the Talladega Superspeedway as the reigning Daytona 500 champion. He was on rails there, posting the third-best total speed ranking, courtesy of ifantasyrace.com. He followed that up, leading seven laps and posting a seventh-best total speed ranking at Atlanta, the only other superspeedway this season. Stenhouse Jr. was top four in total speed rankings in both Talladega races last year. Plus, he has a 31.6 percent T5 rate and a win here, leading me to believe he’ll be around, possibly competing for a win at the end.
Meanwhile, Logano sits as the favorite for the GEICO 500 across multiple sportsbooks, and for good reason. This year, the No. 22 has been the most dominant car across the two superspeedway races. More recently, he took Atlanta after leading 140 laps. Prior, Logano finished second in the Daytona 500 after leading 12 laps. Like Stenhouse Jr., he had top-10 speed across both superspeedway races.
Logano rolls off the truck with three Talladega wins and a 32.1 percent T5 rate already in his back pocket. Getting this two-for-one special at the price of +600 heading into the GEICO 500 feels like a value to me.