NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series annual trek to the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is this week culminated by the running of Sunday’s Brantley Gilbert’s Big Machine Brickyard 400. Race time from this fabled track is set for 2:30 p.m. (ET) with it carried nationally by NBC.
Last week at New Hampshire, Denny Hamlin made his first trip to Victory Lane this season in a Cup series point race. Kyle Larson finished second as my top valued contender and Martin Truex Jr. was once again in the mix by taking third.
The following is a look at my top valued favorite, contender and longshot to win this Sunday afternoon’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis based on betting odds provided by 5Dimes.
Top Valued Favorite
Anyone who bets on NASCAR on a regular basis knows that it is only a matter of time before Kyle Busch finally wins a point race this year. He has been opened as a +400 second-favorite to get it done this week, and given everything he brings to the table for this race adds some tremendous value to those odds. The No. 18 Toyota has come close to winning a number of times, and with seven runs inside the top five this year the team is holding down third place in the current Cup series standings with 650 total points. The real value in these odds is the simple fact that Busch has won the Brickyard 400 the past two seasons.
Top Valued Contender
The youth movement in NASCAR’s Cup series has already produced a number of first time winners this season, and this week it could be Chase Elliott’s turn to join this elite group as my top valued contender to win at +1200 betting odds. In his second full season behind the wheel of the famed No. 24 Chevrolet, he has this team in sixth place in the standings with 587 points on the strength of six finishes inside the top five. This run includes a second-place finish at Michigan and more recently a third-place run at Kentucky two weeks ago. Elliott will be making his third career start at Indianapolis in a Cup series event after posting two runs outside the top 10.
Top Valued Long Shot
The betting odds drop off pretty fast on this week’s list, and picking a long shot to win on Sunday would be a reach at best. If you are still looking to take a flyer on a driver at longer odds, then Ryan Newman at +10000 would make an interesting pick. Some of his recent highlights driving the No. 31 Chevrolet include a fourth-place finish at Dover and a fifth-place run at Daytona in early July. He did win the Cup series event at Phoenix early in the season to round out his three runs inside the top five this year. As far as Newman’s recent results at the Brickyard, a big plus is a victory here in 2013.
Odds For Other Notable Drivers
The driver with the best odds to win this week is Truex Jr. at +350. Larson is also high on the list as a +450 third-favorite, and these two drivers have combined to win five Cup series events this year. Both Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have been opened at +800 odds to win this race followed by the duo of Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin at +1000. Matt Kenseth is next at +1100, and rounding out the top 10 drivers this week is Ryan Blaney at +1400 odds.Talk About NASCAR Racing In Our Forum