The joys of road course racing.
NASCAR runs two road races a year. Neither are during the Chase. Both are polarizing for fans and especially for oddsmakers trying to find ways to not lose their shirts on a long shot winning. The lack of certainty is certainly reflected in the NASCAR odds for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
There are four at 6/1. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch have been at or near the top all season. Kurt Busch has a win at Sonoma. Kevin Harvick is 0/14 and has just three career top 5 finishes in Wine Country.
The other two names might surprise Sprint Cup fans for different reasons. Jeff Gordon, in spite of a rough farewell season, is also 6/1. Gordon owns five career wins at Sonoma and has the highest average finish among active drivers at the track.
Then there’s Martin Truex Jr. who happens to be fourth in terms of average finish at Sonoma. The one man band is putting together a historic season; oddsmakers certainly took notice.
There are four names which might be of particular interest to Sprint Cup fans seeking to generate revenue Sunday.
- Jimmie Johnson has eight career top 10 finishes in 13 Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma and is 10/1.
- Carl Edwards won this race last year and is 12/1.
- Kasey Kahne has the third best average finish among active drivers at Sonoma and is 20/1.
- Kyle Busch has a win at the track, desperately needs a win and is also 20/1.
Certain drivers struggle on road courses. As a result, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 30/1. Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin are 60/1. But the big numbers for drivers like Stenhouse and Mears are 100/1 instead of 300/1. That’s because Sonoma often proves to be a fuel duel. It’s possible to sneak through with a wacky strategy and find your way into the Chase. That’s why teams and oddsmakers are on edge.
Here’s how your favorite Sprint Cup driver stacks up with the NASCAR odds for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350. Enjoy the spectacle that is stock car road racing, and insert a random catchphrase here.