It’s taken nearly 30 weeks, but we’re finally a race away from the Chase. As a result, the Nascar odds for this week’s Federated Auto Parts 400 are unlike what Sprint Cup fans have seen in recent weeks. Here’s why:
Several drivers need a win to make the Chase. As a result, the odds have slimmed for names that look like long shots. Kyle Larson is 20/1. So are Clint Boywer and Tony Stewart. Bowyer and Stewart have history here (not all good) though these numbers are lower than normal. Larson would be 50/1 most weeks.
Some drivers are having tough years. In spite of the struggle, oddsmakers are optimistic. Kyle Busch has had nothing work in 2014, yet he’s 8/1 and in a mix of drivers with the second best odds.
Matt Kenseth hasn’t won all year and remains 8/1. Denny Hamlin is 12/1, with a great record at Richmond but not many other places in 2014.
The favorites are familiar. Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick don’t need to win. They wouldn’t mind a few extra bonus points; all are 6/1 for Saturday night.
Jimmie Johnson joins Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano in a field of 8/1.
If you’re seeking an interesting name, consider Ryan Newman. He’s probably in the Chase but could get booted if things get haywire. Only two drivers have a better average finish at Richmond; yet, Newman finds himself at 30/1.
One if the number of races before the Chase. It’s about time. Here’s how your favorite drivers stacks up in the Nascar odds for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400.