Darlington Raceway is the place to be Sunday night as NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series returns to action for the running of this season’s Bojangles Southern 500.
Two weeks ago at Bristol, Joey Logano laid claim to his third checkered flag in a point race this season. Kevin Harvick added yet another second-place finish to his 2015 resume and Denny Hamlin placed third. My top contender for that race was Jimmie Johnson at +1000 betting odds and he made a solid run at things by taking fourth.
The following is a look at my top valued favorite, contender and longshot to win this Sunday’s night’s race based on betting odds provided by Bovada.
Top Valued Favorite
Kevin Harvick has been a solid bet all season long when it comes to wagering on a Top 3 finish, but despite the fact that he been in the top five in 17 of the first 24 races on the schedule he still only has two early season victories to show for his efforts. With the start of the Chase just two weeks away, now could be the perfect time to cash-in on his +400 to win this Sunday night. The No. 4 car is due and Harvick knows just how important winning races this time of the season becomes. It also helps that he comes into this week’s event at Darlington as the defending champ.
Top Valued Contender
I have said it before and I will say it again that anytime you can get longer odds on one of the top two or three drivers in the Sprint Cup series you have make that play. That is why I am going with Jimmie Johnson again this week at +1000 betting odds. He is always due behind the wheel of the No. 48 car and this team still remains at the top of the list in point-race victories this season with four. Johnson also brings a solid track record at Darlington in recent runs with a third-place finish last season and a fourth-place finish in 2013. This followed his victory in this race in 2012.
Top Valued Longshot
There are just two races left until the start of this season’s Chase including Sunday night, so it is a perfect opportunity to stretch the odds with a longshot that has to win to make it into the field of 16. I decided to go with Kasey Kahne at +3000 as that driver. He is currently on the outside looking in at No. 18 in the latest point standings. What struck me about his current predicament was the fact that last season he won at Atlanta on Aug. 31 to sneak into the Chase. That was also the second-to-last qualifying race before the start of NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs. Kahne’s recent performance at Darlington does not help his cause with just one Top 5 finish since 2006, but that is why this is considered a longshot pick.
Betting Odds for other Notable Drivers
The second-favorite on Bovada’s list to win this race is Kyle Busch at +500. Next you have both Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth listed at +700 odds followed by Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin at +800. Moving down the list, Brad Keselowski paired with Johnson at +1000 and Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. round-out the Top 10 drivers on this week’s list at +1500 betting odds.