NASCAR Quaker State 400 Betting Preview

By: Adam Markowitz | Thursday, July 7, 2011

Joey Logano is 30/1 at Kentucky Speedway where he’s won three times.

The last time NASCAR added a new course to its schedule was back in 2001. Now, for the first time in the sport's history, Kentucky Speedway will host a Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, as some of the best drivers in the world duke it out in Quaker State 400 betting action!

This race from Sparta, KY is slated to kick off at 4:36 p.m. (PT) on July 9, and live television coverage will be available on TNT.

Kentucky Speedway is just like a lot of the other racetracks that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits on a regular basis. The track is a 1.5 mile tri-oval, and 267 laps are scheduled to be run.

However, any time there is a new track that has to be dealt with, there are inevitably going to be plenty of adjustments that have to be made. If it's any indicator, the men that won the last two races at brand new tracks in NASCAR were Jeff Gordon at the 2001 Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway and Kevin Harvick at the 2001 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

There is definitely some good news for a ton of drivers in this race on Saturday night. Many have had experience running here at Kentucky Speedway, though none, save for testing, have done so with their Sprint Cup cars.

The most decorated driver in the history of this track is Joey Logano, who we can find a great price on at plus 3000 at The Greek for Saturday's race. The NASCAR odds are definitely on Logano's side if he can figure out how to duplicate his efforts in Sparta over the course of the last three years in the Nationwide Series.

The driver of the No. 20 Home Depot car won the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Meijer 300's, the race for the Nationwide Series that has been here at Kentucky Speedway since 2001.

Logano is also in fine form after finishing in third place last week at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, and he'll hope to use that excellent finish as momentum to guide him to the front of the pack again this week.

Other notable winners of Nationwide races in this race include the aforementioned Harvick (2001), Kyle Busch (2004), and Carl Edwards (2005). Edwards and Busch are both front runners for the Chase for the Championship this year, and both have NASCAR betting lines of plus 800 at The Greek for this race on Saturday. These three drivers are all in the Top 3 of the Sprint Cup standings coming into Saturday as well.

Edwards also proved to be victorious on this tri-oval in 2003 at the Built Ford Tough 225 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Last weekend at the Coke Zero 400, David Ragan claimed his first Sprint Cup victory, but his odds to win the Quaker State 400 are awfully long at plus 4000.

If there is a driver that you should be thinking about at those types of odds though, why not Juan Pablo Montoya? We know that the former Indy Car star hasn't always been great in the Sprint Cup, but he is one of the few drivers with extensive experience here at Kentucky Speedway, having run here in at the Kentucky Indy 300.

The first race ever at Kentucky Speedway should be a fantastic one as far as Mother Nature is concerned. Temperatures should be in the low-80s at the outset of the race and could dip into the low-70s by its conclusion. No rain is in the forecast.

Next week, the boys of NASCAR head to Loudon, NH for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

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