NASCAR Betting: Coca-Cola 600 odds tighten

By: Michael Robinson | Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Indianapolis 500 isn’t the only big race on Sunday with NASCAR’s grueling Coca-Cola 600 coming from Charlotte Motor Speedway at 3:00 p.m. (PT) on FOX.

This is the longest race of the year with 400 laps at 1.5 miles each on the quad-oval track. Charlotte is the annual location for the Coca-Cola 600, Bank of America 500 and Sprint All-Star Race. The latter doesn’t count in the points standings, but was won last weekend by Carl Edwards in addition to the cool $1 million prize.

Here’s a look at Sunday’s favorites with their historical success at Charlotte, and results this year, a big determination of the odds.

Kyle Busch (5/1 odds-to-win) has had great success in the Nationwide Series at this track, but is still looking for his first Sprint Cup win here. His average finish is just 16.6, but he had a couple of top-3 finishes last year. He’s also third in the season standings this year (two wins and six top-5’s) as he searches for his first championship.

Edwards (5/1) is trying to follow up his Sprint All-Star Race victory with another win, just as Kurt Busch did last year and Kasey Kahne in 2008. Edwards did destroy his car in his victory celebration last week, but the season points-leader (416) looks to be in very good position.

Jimmie Johnson (7/1) is the defending five-time season champion. He won in Charlotte five times in a 6-race period from 2003-2005 and then again in the Bank of America 500 in 2009. The never-satisfied Johnson is currently second in the season standings (392 points), just 24 behind Edwards.

Matt Kenseth (10/1) has one career win in Charlotte, although it came way back in 2000 in this race. His average finish at this track is 15.0, but he’s finished in the top-5 in five of his 11 races in the Coca-Cola 600. Kenseth is sixth in the season standings, including two wins.

Denny Hamlin (12/1) has never won at Charlotte and has just one top-5 with an average finish of 17.2. He sits just 13th in the season standings (no wins) after finishing second last year (a whopping eight wins). He’s at least been a lot better the last four races, three top-10 finishes including seventh in the Sprint All-Star Race.

Kevin Harvick (12/1) is another driver with no career wins at this track. His average finish is 20.1 with just one top-5. Harvick does have two wins this year and is fifth place in the season standings. That comes a year removed from ending in third place.

Tony Stewart (12/1) has one career win at Charlotte, coming in 2003 when it was the UAW-GM Quality 500. His average finish overall at this track is a respectable 13.7 and this would be a great time for his first win of the season (currently ranked 10th).

Greg Biffle (15/1) has never won at Charlotte (average finish 18.3) and is still looking for his first win of the year. He sits 12th in the season standings, but has been better the last six races with four top-10 finishes (fifth at the Sprint All-Star Race).

Jeff Gordon (15/1) has impressive career marks at most tracks and Charlotte is no exception with five victories and a 15.6 average finish. However, the only win since 1999 is the 2007 Bank of America 500. Gordon sits in 14th place this year with one win.

 
 
 
 
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