Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Even at 5/1 odds, Gordon still offers value at Martinsville

Jeff Gordon has eight grandfather clocks won from Martinsville
LAS VEGAS-- We've had five different drivers win in the first five races of the season and according to the LVH SuperBook, it’s likely Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway will produce the sixth straight different winner. Three drivers have combined to win 15 of the past 19 Martinsville races, and all three of those drivers have yet to win this season. Jimmie Johnson has eight of the wins during that span, including two of the past three events, which is why he is a massive 2-to-1 favorite to win Sunday.

In his past 20 Martinsville starts, Johnson has an average finish of 3.8, which is the most eye-popping stat in NASCAR. To avoid all the pitfalls that most everyone else seems to have on the flat half-mile paper-clip is one of the most amazing things we have witnessed during Johnson's storied career. Forget the six championships; dominating at the highest level, for so long, should be on a 'Ripley's believe it not' episode.

Jeff Gordon won the fall race at Martinsville last season and gained the eighth grandfather's clock (the trophy for winning) of his Hall-of-Fame career. Over 42 starts, Gordon has also notched 27 top-5 finishes. If it weren't for Johnson, Gordon would be the hands-down favorite to win, but he still comes in at his lowest odds of the season to win a race at 5-to-1.

Beyond his great history, the thing that makes Gordon appear to be the best value this week is that he's on a roll. Last week at Fontana, he had his best car of the season though he came up with his worst finish, thanks in part to a Clint Bowyer spin, while Gordon was leading, that brought out a late caution flag. Gordon's 13th-place finish was his first finish outside the top-10 this season.

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