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Cook Out Southern 500 NASCAR Betting Preview

September 3, 2023


The impending 2023 Cook Out Southern 500 betting action is right around the corner, promising an exciting start to the Cup Series playoffs. With a roster of formidable drivers vying for victory, anticipation is running high among bettors.

Race Details


  • Date: Sun, Sep 3, 6:00 PM ET

  • Watch on: USA

  • Track: Darlington Raceway

Cook Out Southern 500 Betting Preview

The Cook Out Southern 500 is home to a track that is difficult for most, but easier for others. The betting favorites in consideration have either won here in the past, have previously won at other races in Darlington, or have runner-ups on their resume here.

Since this is the playoffs, the best of the best will compete and make this a compelling race. Do not be surprised to see someone outside the top five in odds have a shot to win.

Drivers with the Best Chance to Win

Market odds suggest that the Cook Out Southern 500 victory is within reach for the following drivers, and there's a good chance you will find them in the top 10 as well.

Martin Truex Jr. +500

Truex Jr. has recently had a few finishes at Darlington that were at 24th and worse, making him slightly unappealing. However, all of these finishes had something come up that was out of his control, such as two different crashes and a water pump failing. He is a good choice to potentially win, especially since he has a knack for leading a lot at Darlington.

Denny Hamlin +800

Hamlin has nine finished inside the top 10 over his last 13 career races at Darlington. Eight of those races have been in the top five, making him a dangerous driver heading into this event. In addition, he has four victories and four runner-ups, so you could say he is comfortable here.

Tyler Reddick +1300

Reddick had two finishes inside the top five when racing here last season. These were a runner-up and a third place finish. Despite having a 22nd finish back in May here, his odds are definitely worth a gamble on a track that he is close to winning at.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's latest moneylines highlight the top five drivers poised for victory in the Cook Out Southern 500.


  • Martin Truex Jr.: +500

  • Kyle Larson: +500

  • William Byron.: +750

  • Denny Hamlin: +800

  • Ross Chastain: +1,000

Kyle Larson +500

Larson has been here before, in terms of experience of getting enough points to make a case to win the Cup Series. A win would obviously be better than placing in the top five, but he is searching for his first career victory at Darlington. He has flirted with plenty of attempts to win and this year is a great opportunity to do so.

Final Pick: Take Kyle Larson to Win at +500