NASCAR Odds: Irwin Tools Night Race

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The 2015 Sprint Cup season is full of chess moves. One of the most intriguing moves will occur Saturday night during the Irwin Tools night race at Bristol. Oddsmakers have certainly noticed, and you might as well Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Favorite:

It’s Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. All are 6/1. Busch has the best numbers of any at Bristol, with five wins and the three-race sweep under his umbrella (though Kenseth has five wins here as well.)

The question is how Busch runs the race. It’s easy to find trouble at Bristol, and Busch is still one or two bad wrecks away from missing the top 30 (and in turn the Chase) in the points race. Does Busch do what he normally does at Bristol, contend and swap paint with the other contenders? Does Busch run a more patient race, avoid trouble, take his points and move on like he did at Michigan? The entire race seems to hinge on this question. Busch is normally 4/1 at Bristol; so, the oddsmakers are at least hedging a bit.

The Contenders:

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are each 7/1. From there, it’s Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johsnon and Kurt Busch at 10/1. Of the group, Johnson has the best average finish but one win. Kurt Busch has five wins but has been more feast or famine. Edwards has the Joe Gibbs gear which has been dominant as of late.

The Names To Consider:

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has the best average finish of any active driver at Bristol. I can’t believe it either. Stenhouse Jr. could wreck the Chase and the minds of many Sprint Cup fans with a win at 100/1 Saturday night.

Greg Biffle is also 100/1, has a much larger sample size, and is fourth in the average finish at Bristol category.

It’s also odd to call Jeff Gordon a long shot, but he’s 18/1 during his final run at Bristol. Gordon has five wins at 17 top 5’s; so, a win wouldn’t surprise anyone.

Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up in the NASCAR Odds for Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race. Enjoy a Saturday night at Bristol, and insert a random catchphrase here.