NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway for the first prime-time Saturday point race of the season. This year’s Go Bowling 400 is set to get underway at 7:30 (ET) and will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1.
I went chalk with the favorite in last week’s race at Talladega and paid the price with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. upsetting the field to post the first victory of his Cup series racing career. However, I did go with Jamie McMurray as my top-valued long shot (+2500) and he finished second. I also went with Kyle Busch as my top contender at +1200 betting odds and he finished third.
The following is a look at my top-valued favorite, contender and long shot to win this Saturday night’s race at Kansas based on betting odds as provided by 5Dimes.
Top Valued Favorite
There are a couple of quality drivers in this week’s group of favorites, but I am going with one of the best drivers still looking for his first victory of the season. You know that Kevin Harvick will be highly motivated to guide his No. 4 Chevrolet to Victory Lane on Saturday night as a +550 co-favorite along with Kyle Larson. This team was headed in the right direction with three straight runs inside the top five before fading to No. 23 at Talladega last week, but the main reason I am going with Harvick is his recent success at this week’s track. Going back over his last seven Cup races at Kansas, he has placed first or second in five of those.
Top Valued Contender
Larson and Stenhouse Jr. have helped set the course for the future in this series with victories this season in their young careers, and I really like Chase Elliott’s chances to join this group Saturday night as my top-valued contender to win at +1000 betting odds. The No. 24 Chevrolet has come close a few times this year with three runs inside the top five, and it is only a matter of time before this team makes a trip to the Winner’s Circle. Elliott has limited experience at Kansas in just his second full-time season in the Cup series, but I am also encouraged with last season’s ninth-place finish in this race.
Top Valued Long Shot
I decided to take a flyer on Ryan Blaney this week at +3300 odds as my top-valued long shot. As long as I am sticking with NASCAR’s youth movement, he belongs in the mix driving the No. 21 Ford. He started the season on a really strong note by taking second place in the Daytona 500 and he has raced well enough to have this team in 13th place in the current standings with 240 total points. One of Blaney’s best runs last year in his first full-time season racing at this level came in this event with a fifth-place finish.
Betting Odds To Win For Other Notable Drivers
Following Harvick and Larson as the two front-runners for Saturday night is a trio of +600 second-favorites led by the defending Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson. Also in this group are Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr., who have combined to win three races this year. Joey Logano is next on the list at +700 after winning two weeks ago at Richmond, and Kyle Busch is listed at +800 odds in search of his first victory of the season. The next group of drivers after Elliott (+1000) are Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer at +1600 betting odds.Drop Some NASCAR Knowledge In Our Forum