|Kurt Busch is using same chassis this week at Phoenix that led 291 laps en route to win at Richmond in April.|
Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500
Phoenix International Raceway
Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 11:45 am (PT)
RATING DRIVER ODDS PRAC 1 QUALIFIED PRAC 2 PRAC 3
1. Kurt Busch 12/1 3rd 2nd 1st 1st
2005 winner; best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2; using winning Richmond chassis.
2. Kevin Harvick 9/4 6th 8th 4th 5th
Seven-time winner, including last four; using winning chassis from March race that led 224 laps.
3. Jimmie Johnson 10/1 1st 1st 6th 2nd
Four-time winner, track best 7.8 average finish; best 10 consecutive lap average in practice 3.
4. Carl Edwards 12/1 4th 4th 2nd 8th
Two-time winner, the last in 2013. He’s only seven points out of fourth and final Chase position.
5. Martin Truex Jr. 18/1 8th 5th 8th 7th
Career-best fifth-place in 2009 with 17.1 average, but might have his best PIR car ever this week.
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20/1 9th 3rd 5th 3rd
Two-time winner, but none since 2011 repave; looked very fast in Saturday’s practices.
7. Kyle Busch 8/1 10th 10th 13th 12th
2005 winner with 14.3 average; can clinch Championship 4 position by finishing third or better.
8. Joey Logano 6/1 11th 14th 9th 13th
Career-best third in 2010; must win to advance to Championship 4 -- disappointing practices.
9. Kasey Kahne 30/1 7th 9th 11th 10th
2011 winner with 17.3 average; finished fourth in March race -- one of only three top-fives in 2015.
10. Erik Jones 30/1 19th 7th 16th 6th
Driving Kenseth’s No. 20 that won last two on similar tracks; won at Phoenix twice in trucks.
Note: Phoenix’s relatively flat one-mile layout requires a similar set-up as Richmond and New Hampshire. Drivers who do well on one usually fare well on the others during a season.
Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas sports book director who has been setting NASCAR odds since 1994. Follow him on Twitter: MicahRoberts7