NASCAR Sprint Cup Betting Preview - Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 4:43 PM GMT

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series kicks off 'Round of 8' in this year’s Chase to the title with its second stop this season at Martinsville Speedway. The green flag for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 is set to wave at 1 p.m. (ET) and the race will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network. As per usual, find here the top NASCAR picks.

 

My top contender for last week’s race at Talladega was Joey Logano at +1200 betting odds and he came through with the big win to advance to the next round of the Chase race. Brian Scott finished second in that race and Denny Hamlin kept his 2016 Sprint Cup title hopes alive by taking third.

The following is a look at my top valued favorite, contender and longshot to win this Sunday afternoon at Martinsville based on betting odds as provided by 5Dimes, where you can get a 50% Free Play Bonus. When it comes to odds for any NASCAR racing event, 5Dimes is the top online sportsbook for all your betting action.

 

Top Valued Favorite     

Jimmie Johnson has six Sprint Cup titles on his racing resume, but this is the first time in three seasons under the new rules of the Chase that he has advanced this far. An earlier victory at Charlotte punched his ticket to the Round of 8 and his odds to automatically advance to the championship race with a win this Sunday have been set at +500 at 5Dimes. I happen to think there is quite a bit of value in the No. 48 Chevrolet this week, given just how motivated Johnson will be in pursuit of another title. What really adds value to these odds is his 7.5 average finishing position at Martinsville that includes eight career victories.

 

Top Valued Contender

Matt Kenseth is still looking for his first victory in this year’s Chase, but on the strength of a runner-up finish at New Hampshire and at Charlotte, he has been able to keep his Sprint Cup title hopes alive. With the exception of last week’s disappointing 28th-place run at Talladega, he has guided the No. 20 Toyota to five previous Top 10 runs in this year’s Chase. His odds to break through this week with a victory at Martinsville have been set at +1000. This has not been one of Kenseth’s favorite tracks over the years, but he has placed sixth or better in four of his last six races here.

 Top Valued Longshot

The Oddsmakers at 5Dimes have not given Kurt Busch much of a chance to win in this year’s Chase with long odds for almost every event, but he has still managed to work his way into the Round of 8. The No. 41 Chevrolet is coming off its best run in the first six Chase races with a fourth-place finish at Talladega and this team’s odds to make it all the way to first on the short track at Martinsville have been set at +2250. Given his past track record here it is easy to see why Busch’s odds to win have been set so high, but you only have to go back to the first race here in 2014 to find the last time he did make his way to Victory Lane.

 

Betting Odds for other Notable Drivers

Kyle Busch was the final Chase driver to qualify for this round, but he comes into this race with the best odds to win on Sunday at +475. Following Johnson, as a +575 third-favorite NASCAR pick is Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick is next on the list at +650. Joey Logano’s odds to make it back-to-back Chase wins have been set at +800 and Carl Edwards completes the list of the eight drivers still left in the Chase at +1600 betting odds to win this week.

 

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