So I’ve been sick for the last week. Did I miss anything?
The NASCAR odds are out for Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Talladega. As usual, everything about Talladega is out of kilter, and it probably will change the way you think about Sunday’s race.
It’s not Kevin Harvick. Really.
Low and behold, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the race favorite at 9/2. Keep in mind, the No. 88 has been between 20 and 30/1 over the last two months. Sunday, Earnhardt Jr. is 9/2. The reality is Earnhardt Jr. has to win. He has the pedigree, with six career wins and the third best average finish among active drivers. If Kevin Harvick can come back, why not NASCAR’s most popular driver. NBC would sure love it.
Jimmie Johnson is 7/1, even though he’s racing for pride and pride alone. There are no other drivers with single digits. That’s how much of a crapshoot Talladega is.
From there, it’s a cluster of drivers. Matt Kenseth is 10/1. Kasey Kahne is inexplicably 12/1 with Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick. Then there’s Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and the Busch brothers at 15/1. Who really knows?
Of the group, Harvick and Keselowski have the best average finish; it’s Gordon with six career wins.
The field is 25/1. That’s how crazy Talladega is. That’s better than Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart, all of whom have experience with Victory Lane at Talladega.
The odds are also much shorter. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is 80/1. Normally is between 100 and 500/1. Simply put, this race is too tough to predict. Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up in the NASCAR odds for Sunday’s Camping World 500. Enjoy the glory, splendor, and randomness that is Talladega, and insert a random catchphrase here.