NASCAR Odds: STP 500

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After a much needed week break,  the 2016 Sprint Cup quest resumes with Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville. The NASCAR odds are live, and it suggests fans many only have to worry about a few big names Sunday at the Augusta National of racetracks.

The Favorite:

Jimmie Johnson is the favorite at 4/1. Johnson is the Jack Nicklaus of Martinsville, with eight wins in 28 career starts. More importably, he has 22 top-10 finishes; Johnson is more likely to win than finish outside the top-10.

The Contenders:

NASCAR’s heavy hitters for 2016 are in the midst of emerging.

  • Kevin Harvick, favored in half the Sprint Cup races this year,  is 6/1.
  • Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch are all 7/1.
  • Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth are 8/1.

Of the group, Hamlin has the best track record at Martinsville by far. Hamlin has five career wins and has finished fifth more better in 55 percent of his career starts. Harvick owns one career Martinsville win, but he is tenth in terms of average career finish at Martinsville. The other three have never won a race here, though all are in the top-10 in terms of average career finish.

Everyone Else:

Once you get past Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 10/1, the wheels fall off a bit.

  • Kurt Busch is 15/1.
  • Carl Edwards is 20/1.
  • Martin Truex Jr. and  Jamie McMurray are 20/1.
  • Names like Elliott, Kahne and Larson are 40/1 or higher this week.

Of the group, Busch owns two career wins but is just 22nd in terms of average career finish. Earnhardt Jr. owns a win and is third in terms of average career finish. Honestly, nobody else really stands out.

If you like a good upset, Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville might not be the race for you. If you like heavy hitters duking it out, get your hot dogs ready. Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up in the NASCAR odds for Sunday’s STP 500. Enjoy NASCAR’s spring season, and insert a random catchphrase here.