Cook Out 400: Martinsville Picks, Betting Odds & Race Preview

Denny Hamlin's looking for back-to-back wins and has plenty of career success at Martinsville to lean on. See why he's the favorite in the Cook Out 400 odds as we break down this week's NASCAR betting action.

Apr 2, 2024 • 13:56 ET • 4 min read
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All eyes will be on Denny Hamlin as the NASCAR Cup Series odds continue to evolve this weekend in Martinsville with the Cook Out 400 on Sunday, April 7.

Hamlin, still in search of his first Cup Series crown, is not only the favorite for this weekend's race, but comes in off a win last week — his second of this very young season. 

After slow starts each of the past two years, could 2024 be Hamlin's return to season-long dominance? Let's check out the Cook Out 400 odds and this week's best NASCAR betting picks.

Odds to win 2024 Cook Out 400

Driver DraftKings
Denny Hamlin +450
Kyle Larson +550
Martin Truex Jr. +750
Ryan Blaney +800
Christopher Bell +850
William Byron +1,200
Joey Logano +1,200
Ty Gibbs +1,300
Brad Keselowski +1,600
Chase Elliott +1,800
Tyler Reddick +2,200
Chris Buescher +2,200
Chase Briscoe +2,200
Ross Chastain +2,500
Bubba Wallace +2,500
Josh Berry +2,800
Alex Bowman +2,800
Kyle Busch +3,000
Noah Gragson +5,000
Ryan Preece +6,500

Odds as of April 2, 2024.

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Cook Out 400 field

Denny Hamlin's the man to beat at the Cook Out 400, and with good reason. Not only has Hamlin won two of 2024's past three races overall — showing an early-season form that's been absent the past two years — he's a five-time Martinsville champion, including peeling off three straight wins here in 2009/10.

Tailing Hamlin in the odds is de-facto weekly favorite Kyle Larson; who won last season's spring race at Martinsville and will find his name at or near the top of just about any odds board that isn't a road course or superspeedway. Larson has one victory on the season, and Top-5 finishes in three of the last five races. 

Slightly below them are the next tier of Cook Out 400 favorites: Martin Truex Jr. (three-time Martinsville winner, all since 2019), Ryan Blaney (defending Cup Series champ and winner of the Martinsville fall race), and Christopher Bell (who's in the midst of a full-on leap after making last season's Championship 4 and starting 2024 off as one of Cup Series' hottest drivers, with a win and four Top-6 finishes in seven races).

Overall, this field has bucked the 2024's NASCAR odds board trends thus far, with what, by comparison, is an extremely linear distribution of drivers. Whereas most of this season's races have seen a crowded tier of favorites near or below +1,200, with virtually no drivers priced in the +2,000 to +5,000 range, the Cook Out 400 odds have nine drivers available at those lower long-shot prices. This suggests less of a clear definition as to who can contend this weekend, where previous races had a clear chasm between favorites and lottery tickets. 

Cook Out 400 expert picks and predictions

Stay tuned for full race analysis and best bets — coming later this week!

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Previous Cook Out 400 winners

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Year Winner
2023 Chris Buescher
2022 Kevin Harvick
2021 Martin Truex Jr.
2020 Brad Keselowski
2019 Martin Truex Jr.
2018 Kyle Busch
2017 Kyle Larson
2016 Denny Hamlin
2015 Matt Kenseth
2014 Brad Keselowski

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How to make Cook Out 400 picks

NASCAR betting is a nuanced process that can take any number of factors into account, and spans several different types of bets. Fortunately, our How to Bet NASCAR guide walks you through the basics, including how to read odds, different markets that are available, and what to consider when making your bets. 

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