Best bets for Cook Out Southern 500

Kevin Harvick won NASCAR's regular-season championship and is the favorite this weekend. Chris Graythen/Getty Images

After William Byron picked up his first career Cup Series win in the final race of the regular season last weekend, the NASCAR playoffs begin with the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday (6 p.m. ET).

Who will take the checkered flag? Senior writer Ryan McGee, editor Scott Symmes and Fantasy's Mike Clay offer their best bets.

Note: Odds from Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill as of Saturday morning.

Best bets

Kevin Harvick (+275)