Irwin Tools Night Race NASCAR Betting Odds

By: Adam Markowitz | Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bristol Motor Speedway is always known for its twists and turns over the course of its races. On Saturday, August 27, 43 drivers will circle around this speedway 500 times to determine the winner of the 2011 Irwin Tools Night Race.

This race from Bristol, TN is the second of the year run at this track, with the first, the Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City, being run on March 20.

The green flag will drop Saturday at 4:43 p.m. (PT), and there will be live television coverage on ABC.

The winner of the Jeff Byrd 500 was Kyle Busch, who has dominated this track over the years. Not only did Busch win the first race of the year at Bristol, but he also has the last two Irwin Tools Night Races under his belt as well. In fact, Busch has five wins, seven Top 5s, and 10 Top 10s in 13 races here at Bristol, and he has eight career wins on short tracks in 39 tries.

The only question with the Sprint Cup points leader coming into race No. 24 of the year if whether his off the track problems will boil over into Saturday night. Busch had his license suspended for driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone this week, and you can be sure that he will want to get back on the track this weekend.

Busch is the hefty +300 favorite on the Don Best odds screen for this race.

There are only two others drivers that are better than 10-to-1 in this race, Jimmie Johnson (+600) and Carl Edwards (+800).

Edwards has a great history on this track, winning the night race at Bristol in 2007 and 2008 before yielding that title to Busch. However, he has really fallen off over the course of the last few months, dropping 39 points back of the lead in the Sprint Cup standings and down to fourth place.

Johnson is looking like he is finally starting to make his charge up the leaderboard in search of his sixth straight Sprint Cup Championship. The No. 48 Chevy hasn't been to Victory Lane since the Aaron's 499 in April, but Johnson has finished in the Top 5 four times in the last six races and seventh or better in seven of his last 11 races.

The long shot that is picking up steam with each passing race this year as Brad Keselowski, who is +2000 on the NASCAR betting odds on Saturday night.

Keselowski is probably a lock for the Chase for the Sprint Cup this year with his two wins, but he can sneak into the Top 10 still with a few more fine showings before the Chase begins. "Jet Ski" has finished in the Top 3 in his last three races, and he is qualifying well to boot.

Keselowski hasn't started further back than 13th in his last six runs.

The last two Chase for the Sprint Cup qualifiers at the moment, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart are in dire need of at least one win in these last few races to ensure their position in NASCAR's version of the playoffs. They are lined at +3000 and +1500 respectively to take the checkered flag on Saturday.

Weekend weather should be nice in the Volunteer State. Saturday night's forecast calls for low temperatures in the low-60s with virtually no chance for rain.

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