Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Kyle Busch favored in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol

Joey Logano might be best candidate to slow Kyle Busch's current roll.
The red hot Kyle Busch opened as the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook's 5-to-1 favorite to win Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch has swept the past two weekends of NASCAR races at Martinsville and Texas and is tied for the most Bristol wins among active drivers with five.

Let's take a look at all the drivers odds and how they've fared on the world's fastest half-mile track:

NASCAR at Bristol betting odds

KYLE BUSCH 5/1 - He's got an 11.9 average finish in 21 starts, which include five wins, but his last win came in 2011, a span of eight races. Last fall he led the most laps (192) before settling for eighth-place. He's led 1,703 laps at Bristol, which is tops among active drivers. The easy favorite to win this week because of past history, and also recent history of winning four NASCAR races in eight days. The Vegas kid is on hot roll.

“I’m not exactly sure what makes me so good at Bristol," said Busch. "I’ve just had a lot of success there, but I’ve also had some misfortune there, too. Ever since I got through my rookie year, I’ve just taken a liking to the place. But, when they changed the track to this current surface in 2007, I just really took to it even more."

KEVIN HARVICK 6/1 - He was runner-up last fall and led the most laps (192) in the spring before finishing 38th. His only win came in 2005 under the old Bristol layout. His second-place finish in August was his first top-five there since 2008, and fifth overall there in 30 starts. His stats show he was much better at Bristol prior to the repaving in 2007 which gave the track multiple grooves.

JOEY LOGANO 6/1 - He's won two of the past three Bristol races and is searching for his first win of 2016 after leading the series with six last season. Track history shows that select drivers win in bunches — 12 drivers have won consecutive races — and he fits the criteria. He should be expected to start well too since he leads active drivers with a 7.9 average start position.

JIMMIE JOHNSON 7/1 - He finished second last spring and fourth in the fall, but didn't lead a lap in either. His lone win came in 2010 and has a 14.1 average finish in 28 starts. If he leads 120 more laps, he'll be the ninth driver in NASCAR history to lead 18,000 laps for a career.

MATT KENSETH 7/1 - Since 2005, when NASCAR's loop data began, he's had the top driver rating (102.5), top average running position (10.897) and most laps in the top-15 (79.9 percent) at Bristol. Last spring he won for the fourth time at Bristol and did it from the pole. It was the 23rd time in 110 Bristol races (20.9%) that the pole winner has won.

Read More Here...complete list of odds at TheLinemakers.com

1 comment:

J S Davis said...

Interesting facts: 23 of the last 28 races at Bristol have been won by a driver whose first or last name begins with letters J or K - and - 6 of 7 races this year fit the same mold. Just an odd fact that I noticed; carry on.