How the mighty have fallen.
The NASCAR odds are out for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Some of the biggest names in NASCAR have some of their longest numbers of the 2015 Sprint Cup season.
It’s Kevin Harvick at 9/2. It’s also a much tighter field of favorites than in recent years. Brad Keselowski is 5/1, and Kyle Busch is at 6/1, with Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch at 7/1, 8/1, and 9/1 respectively.
Of the group, it’s Kyle Busch with the most wins and best average finish among active drivers. Harvick is second in that category. It’s Kurt Busch who won at Richmond earlier this 2015 Sprint Cup season. Any could be the favorite, and it would be hard to argue against that driver.
If you’re looking for someone who may not win, consider Kenseth. He was seventh in the first Richmond race, and 11 drivers have a better average finish at Richmond.
This is where the numbers get interesting. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. each have wins at Richmond and success at the track in the last two years. Johnson is 18/1. Gordon and Earnhardt Jr. are 20/1.
These are three of the biggest names in NASCAR; each has a reason to believe he can win Saturday night. Last year at this time, the Hendrick vs. the field argument had merit. Now, oddsmakers are giving fans a carrot to crunch; I think one of the big three bites, in a good way, Saturday night.
The Names To Consider:
Kasey Kahne needs a win. He’s 40/1. Ryan Newman is also at 40/1, though he has a much better track record at Richmond.
Then there’s the curious case of Clint Bowyer. Two years after RichmondGate started the spiral that ended Michael Waltrip Racing as we know it, Bowyer finds himself back at Richmond with 50/1 numbers. It would be quite the story.
Here’s how your favorite Sprint Cup driver stacks up in the NASCAR odds for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400. Enjoy the end of NASCAR’s regular season, and insert a random catchphrase here.