Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr. a big favorite at Talladega for good reason

Junior is on a restrictor plate roll. 
LAS VEGAS -- Of the 11 drivers who need to run well in the final race of the Chase Contender Round this week, there is probably only one who is excited the race will take place on the monster 2.66-mile layout at Talladega Superspeedway, and that's Dale Earnhardt Jr. It's also why the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has installed him as the 9-to-2 favorite to win Sunday's 500.

Odds as low as 9-to-2 on a restrictor-plate race are highly unusual. In fact, the last time we’ve seen it may have been with Earnhardt Jr. during his Dale Earnhardt Inc. days, when he won five of seven races at Talladega (2001-2004), and his entire team – which included Michael Waltrip winning the only races of his career – had a decided advantage.

Over the past 10 years of plate racing, things have turned around to the point where cars are more equal on these tracks than we’ve ever seen before. The top teams don't have the advantage they have on smaller tracks, which makes races at Daytona and Talladega crap shoots, and it’s why sports books are able to offer high odds even on the best drivers.

But Earnhardt Jr. is showing the same consistency of his younger days. He's always been a top-notch plate racer, but there was a major gap in his wins on them from 2004 to 2014. This season, he's won the last two plate races, and they've been his only wins of the season.

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