Nascar Odds: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Odds

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Supposedly, the best eight drivers in the Nascar will start the next round of the Chase Sunday in Martinsville. The Nascar odds for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 suggest a very different story that may change the way Sprint Cup fans watch Sunday’s race.

The Favorite:

The long remaining wolf from Hendrick Motorsports is the race favorite, with Jeff Gordon checking in at 4/1. Gordon has eight career wins at Martinsville and the second best finishing position among active drivers.

The Chase Contenders Who Have a Chance:

Among Chase drivers, Nascar oddsmakers see four names who could do some damage. Denny Hamlin loves Martinsville. Hamlin has four career wins and has finished fifth or better in half his career starts. Hamlin is 8/1 and the fourth favorite along with Joey Logano, who has never on at Martinsville.

The third favorite is Brad Keselowski. Even though he has never won at Martinsville and has the sixth best average career finish among active drivers, he is 6/1 this weekend with Kevin Harvick. The 6/1 number is a testament to Harvick’s 2014 Sprint Cup season because his career at Martinsville is underwhelming. Fourteen drivers have better average finishes over their career than Harvick, though he does have a win at Martinsville.

The Other Chasers:

This is where the numbers start to get strange. Matt Kenseth is 12/1, even though he has never won at Martinsville and only has four finishes of fifth or better in 29 career. starts. Carl Edwards is 30/1 and only has one top-5 in 20 career starts. Ryan Newman is 40/1, despite a win at the Martinsville and nearly half of his career finishes being tenth or better. Even though these names remain in the hunt for the Sprint Cup, they are getting little recognition as a contender to win Sunday.

The Names That Might Wreck The Party:

Even though eight remain in the Chase, several names have far more appealing Nascar odds than nearly half the Chase field. Jimmie Johnson is the second favorite at 4/1 and won nearly 1/3 of his races at the track. Even though Johnson is out of the Chase, oddsmakers don’t see a letdown.

The same holds two for two drivers down on their luck in recent weeks. Kyle Busch is somehow 12/1, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 15/1 heading into the weekend.

If Sprint Cup fans seek a wildcard, consider Clint Bowyer who owns the fourth best average finish at Martinsville among active drivers. At 18/1, Bowyer could make some Sprint Cup fans extra happy Sunday.

Some drivers may need a headache relief shot after Martinsville; some may use the race to alleviate the pain of Chase chances now goneHere’s how your favorite driver stacks up in the Nascar odds for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Odds.