For a sport always trying to do something new, Nascar outdid itself.
The Nascar odds for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 are backwards, with points and predictions having the least alignment I’ve ever seen in five years of writing for this site. It’s amazing what Kansas can do.
What the Points Say:
The points suggest names like Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Karl Edwards should be at the top. Busch and Kenseth are 12/1. Edwards, in spite of his wins at Charlotte, is 30/1.
The current points leader, Joey Logano (still odd typing that,) is the fourth favorite among oddsmakers, even though only Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have better average finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johsnon need to win. Both have great track records at Charlotte, especially Johnson who has seven career wins in 26 starts at the former Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Keselowski is 9/2, even though he only has the sixth best average finish among active drivers. That’s still good enough to be a co-favorite with Kevin Harvick. Johnson is right behind at 6/1
The story is slightly different for Dale Earnhardt Jr. The No. 88 has never won at Charlotte and only has five finishes of fifth or better in 29 career starts. Earnhardt Jr. is down to 15/1, a sign his season’s momentum is running on fumes as we get in the middle of the Chase.
Jeff Gordon, who has five career wins at the Charlotte, is the second favorite at 5/1. Kasey Kahne, who could use a fifth career win at Charlotte in the worst way, finds himself 15/1. There continues to be zero respect for Ryan Newman who finds himself at 40/1 with Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart.
Then there’s Kyle Larson, who has put together great runs but not won in 2014. Larson is 12/1, and his Chip Ganassi teammate Jamie McMurray is 20/1. Every year, a non-Chase driver ends up winning a race. this might be the weekend.
Here’s how the Nascar odds shape up for your favorite driver at the Bank of America 500. Enjoy the final blast of night racing, and insert a random catchprhase here.