NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series will make its annual pilgrimage to the Brickyard this week for the running of the Wounded Coalition 400. Here is your complete betting preview!
Matt Kenseth became the fifth Sprint Cup driver this season to post multiple point race wins with his victory last Sunday at New Hampshire. Veteran driver Tony Stewart was in the mix with a second-place finish in that race and Joey Logano took third.
Top Valued Favorite
Both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have been listed as +600 favorites to win at Indianapolis this Sunday, but I believe there is better value in Busch as this week's top NASCAR pick in this category. He has guided the No. 18 Toyota to three previous victories this season to lock up a spot in the 2016 Chase and, all told, this team has made its way into the Top 5 in 10 of the first 19 point race events on the schedule. The real value in Kyle's odds is the fact that he comes into Sunday's race as the defending champion. This was a part of three-straight victories last season on his way to winning the 2016 Sprint Cup title. He has now placed first or second in three of his last four runs around the Brickyard.
Top Valued Contender
I view Denny Hamlin as one of those NASCAR drivers that has a legitimate shot to win anytime he gets behind the wheel. Manning the No.11 Toyota, his betting odds to win this race are set at +1800 and I think there is quite a bit of value there as my top contender. Hamlin has not won since his thrilling victory at Daytona to start the season and this team has only posted one Top 5 run in its last six point race events, but I have a good feeling that things are going to turn around this week. Hamlin is still looking for his first career victory at Indy, but he has placed sixth or better in three of his last four Sprint Cup races here.
Top Valued Longshot
Tony Stewart fell on some hard times the past few years both on and off the track, but he appears to have things back in gear in his final season racing in the Sprint Cup series. He stunned the field a few weeks back with a victory in the road race at Sonoma and the No. 14 Chevrolet was back in the spotlight at New Hampshire last Sunday with that second place finish. His odds to win at Indy on Sunday afternoon have been set at +2500 and I like his value as a longshot. Current form at the Brickyard has not been that strong, but he does have two career victories here as part of a respectable 9.6 average finishing position.
Betting Odds for other Notable Drivers
Following Harvick and Busch at +600 is Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. at +700 betting odds. Logano was the runner-up to Busch in last year's race. There is a trio of drivers at +800 that include Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards. Last week's winner Matt Kenseth has been listed at +1000 odds to win again followed by Kurt Busch at +1200.
Rookie driver Chase Elliott's odds to win his first point race are set at +1500 and we are still waiting to see if Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+1800) will be cleared to return to the track or replaced by Jeff Gordon behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet on Sunday.