Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Johnson and Harvick posted at 9/2 co-favorites at Texas

Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are 9/2 co-favorites at Texas.
LAS VEGAS -- To say Jimmie Johnson is good at Texas Motor Speedway would be a complete understatement. His exploits on the 1.5-mile high-banked layout deserve to be called "great" or even the "best ever" and that might not even do him justice.

All he's done is win the past three races there, four of the last five and five of the last seven. He's got six wins overall and has led 1,023 laps over 25 career starts, which are both track records. Those numbers sound more like complete domination.

"It’s crazy to think that we have won all those races in a row," said Johnson. "Why? I don’t know, really (laughs). I think part of it is the surface at Texas is seasoned. It's older, so it just fits my driving style and the No. 48 Lowe’s team. Plus, it’s such a long race and we have all that time to make the right adjustments. It’s fun – they always put on a good show at Texas.”

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook thinks high enough of Johnson at Texas that they've made him the 9-to-2 co-favorite to win along with Kevin Harvick. Let's take a look at all the odds and how each driver might fare in Saturday's Duck Commander 500:

NASCAR at Texas betting preview
Saturday, April 9, 7:46 p.m. ET

JIMMIE JOHNSON 9/2 - In addition to all his accomplishments at Texas, which includes a track-best 8.4 average finish, his team has also got the low downforce package figured out the best this season. There have been three races this season where the package figured prominently and Johnson won on two of them (Atlanta and Fontana) and was third in the other at Las Vegas where he led the most laps. His excellence this year on these type of tracks and his past Texas history makes it tough to bet someone else this week. The silver lining if betting someone else is that he didn't win in 19 of his starts — he also holds the track record with five runner-ups.

KEVIN HARVICK 9/2 - He doesn't have any wins in 26 career starts and finished second last year while leading 96 laps. He's considered the co-favorite just because he's expected to be running near the front for most of the race and leading lots of laps. The tough thing about betting on him to win is that he's finishes second so much. He had 13 last year and if he gets one more he'll tie Johnson for 10th all-time in NASCAR history with 46. He'll be using a brand new chassis this weekend.

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