NASCAR’S longest race will offer some awfully longs odds this weekend. Here’s why Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 has a short list of contenders Sunday night. The Favorite:
It’s Kevin Harvick at an unreal 3/1. Granted, Harvick has three wins at Charlotte, but one of those was because Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of gas on the last turn of the last lap. There are 11 drivers with a better average finish than Harvick at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Harvick’s success in the Sprint All-Star Race is reason to believe he can win. His 2015 is historical regardless of what happens the rest of this year. But 3/1 when Sprint Cup fans see the rest of the field feels a bit excessive.
Jimmie Johnson is 6/1 and should be the favorite Sunday night. Johnson has seven career wins at the track. Only two drivers have a better average finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Team Penske drivers remain at 7/1 with Kurt Busch. Of the three, Joey Logano has the highest average finish among active drivers. He leads the entire field in that category for what it’s worth. Still, Logano has never crossed Victory Lane in Charlotte.
This group of four and Harvick are the only NASCAR drivers in single digits. Jeff Gordon is 12/1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth are at 15/1. The rest of the NASCAR field for the Coca-Cola 600 is 20/1 or higher in the NASCAR odds department.
The Names To Think About:
Denny Hamlin won the All-Star Race last week and is 20/1, with his returning teammate Kyle Busch in the same boat. Kasey Kahne may have better luck at Charlotte than anywhere else on the Sprint Cup circuit; yet, Kahne is also in that 20/1 loop with Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr.
There are two other intriguing names. Carl Edwards could have won last week, has the second best average finish among active drivers and is 20/1. Jamie McMurray owns two wins at Charlotte and is 30/1.
If your favorite Sprint Cup driver’s name has not been listed, that driver is 75/1 or worse. The best Roush Fenway Racing number is 200/1 for Greg Biffle, and Danica Patrick is 300/1 if interested.
Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up in the NASCAR odds department for Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600. Enjoy the long weekend, and insert a random catchphrase here.