Rolling into New Hampshire Motor Speedway at Loudon for the running of the Sylvania 300. As we give you top contenders & longshots on the bettting odds.
Last Sunday at Chicago, Denny Hamlin staked his claim to a spot in the next round of the Chase with a trip to Victory Lane. Carl Edwards raced his way to a second-place finish and Kurt Busch hung on to finish third.
Top Valued Favorite
Kyle Busch did everything within his power to get the win last week at Chicago after leading the race for 121 laps, but in the end he faded to ninth place. His betting odds to seal the deal this Sunday have been set at +500 and I see some solid value in that number. Behind the wheel of the No. 18 car, he has only run in 16 point races this season due to injuries sustained all the way back during Speed Week at Daytona, but Kyle has made the most his shortened season with four victories and two additional Top 4 finishes. The real value is the fact that one of those wins came on this track in the first Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire in late July.
Top Valued Contender
The other half of the Busch brother duo was also in excellent shape to win last week with 37 trips around the track in the lead before finishing third. Kurt Busch has been a strong contender all season long in the No. 41 car and most weeks he was actually one of the top three or four sports picks to win. The main reason for the longer odds in this race is an average finishing position of 15.6 at New Hampshire. Busch does have three career victories at this track with the last one coming in 2004 when he won both races here that season. He posted a 10th-place finish in the first race at Loudon this year.
Top Valued Longshot
I have been waiting all season for veteran Nascar driver Jeff Gordon to cross the finish line first in his final full season of racing in the Sprint Cup series, but all the No. 24 car could accomplish through the first 27 races is a trio of Top 5 finishes. Last week at Chicago the team finished 14th after starting 10th and it needs a strong effort these next two weeks to keep its title hopes alive. Gordon has been opened as a +2000 longshot to post that first win of the season this Sunday and while this may be a pure sentimental pick I am taking the bait on these odds. Gordon finished ninth in his first run this season at New Hampshire and over the course of his storied career he does have three wins at this track.
Betting Odds for other Notable Drivers
Kevin Harvick had share of problems last week with a 42nd-place finish at Chicago, but he comes into this race as a +450 favorite to finish first this time around. Brad Keselowski is another +500 second-favorite to get the win and Joey Logano’s betting odds to win on Sunday are set at +700. Matt Kenseth is next on the list at +800 followed by Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson at +1000.