It’s time to hit the reset button on the 2015 Sprint Cup season. With points being equal and big names being out, the odds have shifted for Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Here’s a look at contenders for Saturday night’s race.
Kevin Harvick is 7/2, clearly a sign that someone thinks Harvick is poised to make another late season push. Harvick is hit or miss at Charlotte. He owns three career wins, but there are 11 other drivers with a better average finish at the track.
Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth lead the Joe Gibbs Racing push at 6/1 and 7/1 respectively. Of the two, Kenseth has a better average finish (six) and more career wins (two).
Jimmie Johnson is out of the Chase. He’s certainly not out of contention and sitting at 8/1. Johnson has seven career wins at Charlotte and has finished fifth or better in half his career starts. From there, there are a bevy of drivers at 10/1: Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch. It’s Logano and Edwards with the best two average career finishes at Charlotte, though Logano has never won at the 1.5 mile track, and Edwards only holds one career win to his credit.
The Names To Consider:
It’s odd for Hendrick Motorsports to be considered an afterthought. They are in the eyes of NASCAR oddsmakers.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 20/1. That said, The No. 88 never won here and only has six career top-5 finishes in 31 starts.
- Jeff Gordon is 25/1. Gordon does have five wins in 45 career starts.
- Kasey Kahne is 30/1. At some point, a non Chase driver wins a Chase race. Charlotte Motor Speedway might be Kahne’s best track. Kahne has four career Charlotte wins and is third among active drivers in average career finish.
Here’s how your favorite Sprint Cup driver stacks up in the NASCAR odds for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500. Enjoy night racing one final time, and insert a random catchphrase here.