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NewsAdvance Auto Parts Clash Vegas picks and predictions 2019: Fade Joey Logano, back Martin Truex Jr.

18:16  09 february  2019
18:16  09 february  2019 Source:   cbssports.com

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Logano then had back -to- back top fives with a 3rd-place finish at Dover and fourth at Kansas. At Las Vegas Motor Speedway he qualified 2nd and led early but would ultimately fade to finish 10th He started off the year however by winning the Advance Auto Parts Clash after sneaking through the

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NASCAR's top drivers hit the asphalt for the first time in 2019 on Sunday in the Advance Auto Parts Clash, a 75-lap, non-point race featuring the 20 top drivers from 2018. It all goes down at Daytona International Speedway at 3 p.m. ET. All 16 drivers from last year's NASCAR Playoffs are included, including champion Joey Logano, who tops the latest Advance Auto Parts Clash odds at 7-1 along with Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick. Denny Hamlin is at 8-1 and three other drivers are listed at 10-1.

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The result: Hamlin edged Martin Truex Jr . for the checkered flag. Roberts also nailed Hamlin at 40/1 to win at Now, he has analyzed the 2018 Auto Club 400 from every possible angle and locked in his picks . Another shocker: Joey Logano , who is going off at just 15/1, makes a serious run at the title.

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There are new cars and new partnerships to consider, so before you book your own 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash picks and NASCAR predictions, you'll want to check out what former Vegas bookmaker and NASCAR handicapper Micah Roberts has to say.

Roberts enters the 2019 NASCAR season after finishing way up in 2018. Those who wagered $100 on each of his picks last year have $1,750 in profit to show for it. His biggest wins came when we went against the grain, taking Keselowski at 12-1 to win the South Point 400 at Las Vegas in the opening race of the NASCAR Playoffs and going with Logano, also 12-1, to take the First Data 500 at Martinsville. He also nailed four of Harvick's eight series victories and three of Kyle Busch's nine wins.

He continued an astonishing run in which Roberts picked nine of the 10 winners in the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs. In 2016, he took Hamlin to win the Daytona 500 at 15-1, and took him again at 40-1 at Watkins Glen later that year. Anyone who's following his picks is up huge year after year.

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Micah Roberts pioneered wagering on NASCAR races and just locked in his Daytona 500 picks . The 2018 NASCAR season begins with a bang Sunday with the Daytona 500, which starts at 2:30 p.m. ET. Brad Keselowski is the Vegas favorite at 5/1, followed closely by Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano , and

Brad Keselowski won the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. Joey Logano finished 2nd. San Jose SharksSharks. Vancouver CanucksCanucks. Vegas Golden KnightsGolden Knights. Drivers eligible for the Advance Auto Parts Clash but not driving in it: Dale Earnhardt Jr . (won a pole in

Advance Auto Parts Clash Vegas picks and predictions 2019: Fade Joey Logano, back Martin Truex Jr.

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Now, he has analyzed the field for the opening race of the 2018 NASCAR schedule from every possible angle and locked in his 2019 Advance Auto Parts Clash picks. You can see his projected leaderboard only at SportsLine.

We can tell you he's fading Logano, the Vegas favorite who won here two years ago.

Ford is changing its cars from the Fusion to a Mustang GT, and Logano is one of the drivers who will race in the new rides. Roberts believes it will take time to get them in NASCAR-winning form.

"He won this race in 2017 and was runner-up in 2016 and last season. Yes, he's really good here," Roberts told SportsLine. "But those results were all in a Ford Fusion. He has a Ford Mustang GT now. New cars take time to adjust, and they need tinkering to get better."

Another shocker from Roberts for this all-star race event: Martin Truex Jr., a 20-1 long shot who won the 2017 NASCAR series championship and nearly won it again last year, makes a strong run at the title. He's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. Truex is moving to Joe Gibbs Racing for 2019, and Roberts believe it will be a fruitful pairing. Roberts sees a top-five finish for the big underdog on Sunday.

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Roberts picked Truex last week at Charlotte, who was in line to win before Instead, one of the 2018 Gander Outdoors 400 picks he likes to finish close to the front: Clint Bowyer, who is posted at 18-1 NASCAR at Hamlin refused to give future teammate Martin Truex Jr . the preferred spot last season.

One surprise: Martin Truex Jr ., one of the Vegas favorites at 9/2 and the winner of last week's race, struggles to crack the top 10. In 24 career starts at Martinsville, Truex Jr . has an average finish of 19.6 with only three top-fives. And in his first 18 Cup starts at Martinsville, he led only one lap combined.

"He was runner-up in this race in 2015 and also runner-up in points in Daytona races in 2016 and 2018," Roberts told SportsLine. "The 2017 Cup Series Champion should do everything almost as well as he and crew chief Cole Pearn did with the now-defunct No. 78 team."

For the win, Roberts is a backing a huge underdog nobody is talking about to make a major statement by winning the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. His pick will shock many, but anyone who backs him could hit it with a massive payday.

So which huge underdog wins The Clash and shocks the racing world with a season-opening checkered flag? Visit SportsLine now to see the full projected leaderboard from the nation's premier NASCAR handicapper, and find out.

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