Friday, March 4, 2011

Sports Betting in Las Vegas: Kyle Busch Backers Feel Right at Home

By Matt Youmans
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kyle Busch is now favored to win both races in his home town of Las Vegas
If there's such a thing as home-track advantage, Kyle Busch might have it this weekend. Of course, Busch has an edge on most tracks because he's one of NASCAR's masters.

But he grew up near Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was making high-speed left turns around the place when most kids his age still were learning how to parallel park.

Busch won in Las Vegas two years ago, and he's getting plenty of betting support to win again Sunday in the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup race.

This is not the Daytona 500, the sport's glamour event. This is bigger, at least to the sports books. It's the only week of the year when NASCAR seriously matters to the books.

"It's huge. It's massive," Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller said. "The total amount of tickets we write, Daytona is nothing compared to this."

It still doesn't compare to the weekly NFL frenzy or the college basketball hurricane that's about to hit. But after the Super Bowl and before the NCAA Tournament, this is the ideal time for a race.

Make that two races. The Nationwide Sam's Town 300 is Saturday, and Busch is the 2-1 favorite.

I don't know many people who bet NASCAR and are sharp enough to turn a profit on it, but analyst Micah Roberts is one. And Roberts is optimistic about Busch's chances in his hometown.

"I like Kyle a lot. He's just the best," Roberts said. "He'll probably win Saturday's race, and that always gets him extra fired up to try to complete the sweep for the weekend."

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