NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series will make its season's first trip to London for the 5-Hour Energy 301. All the betting action from New Hampshire Motor Speedway is set to get underway at 10:30 a.m.(PT).
I cashed-in on last week’s top value pick for a contender with Kyle Busch taking the checkered flag at 12/1 betting odds in Saturday night’s race at Kentucky. Joey Logano turned in a strong run to finish second and Denny Hamlin placed third.
The following is a look at my top valued favorite, contender and longshot to win this Sunday’s race based on betting odds provided by Bovada.
Top Valued Favorite
Both Kevin Harvick (4/1) and Jimmie Johnson (6/1) are higher on this week’s list, but I am going with Brad Keselowski at 13/2 betting odds as this week’s top favorite. The No. 2 car has had its issues lately with just two top-10 finishes in its last six Sprint Cup races, but overall this team is sixth in the current standings with 559 total points and in solid shape for the Chase with a previous win at Fontana. The main reason I like Keselowski this week is he comes into this race as the defending champion. With this win he has now placed seventh or better in six of his last seven Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire.
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Top Valued Contender
Kyle Busch at 10/1 odds would have been a good pick again this week after taking second in this race last season, but I am going with one of my favorite drivers as this week’s top contender with a play on Matt Kenseth, who is also listed at 10/1 odds to win. The No. 20 car made its way into the top five in its sixth point race this season after finishing fifth last week at Kentucky. Overall, the team is ninth in the current standings with 540 total points and pretty much a lock for the Chase with a previous win at Bristol. Kenseth also adds some value to these betting odds with a victory in the second race at Loudon in 2013 followed by a fourth-place finish in this race last year.
Top Valued Longshot
I have used Kyle Larson as my top valued longshot a few times this year. While the No. 42 car has just one top-five finish to its credit this season, Larson has remained competitive in just his second full season racing in the Sprint Cup series. He has been opened at 20/1 odds to stun the field with his first career win, but I do like the fact that he is coming off a third-place finish in this race last year. He went on to follow that up with a second-place finish in the second Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire in the 2014 season.
Betting Odds for other Notable Drivers
I already mentioned that Harvick and Johnson have claimed their familiar positions at the top of Bovada’s list. The fourth-favorite to win this week after Keselowski is Joey Logano at 17/2 odds. This would also be a reasonable sports pick following last week’s second-place run at Kentucky. Joining both Kyle Busch and my top contender Kenseth at 10/1 odds are Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch. Gordon is still looking for his first win of the season. Next at 12/1 odds to win is Denny Hamlin followed by Martin Truex Jr. at 14/1 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 16/1.