2015 NASCAR: 5-Hour Energy 301 Odds and Pick
The 2015 NASCAR season moves on to New Hampshire, where the top auto racing drivers will compete for the 5-Hour Energy 301 title. The big storyline is understandably the race to get into this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, winless big name drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and more set out to make the cut.
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway, also known as “Magic Mile”, could give way to a surprise winner on July 19th, as we’ve only seen one driver repeat as the winner in the past 14 races at the track.
That means the smart money might not be on Joey Logano, who won the race in 2014. Then again, as the race’s only two-time champ in the last 14 go-arounds, he could easily be the driver to target in auto racing betting. His strong 8/1 odds certainly label him as one of the favorites.
Logano definitely is up there with the favorites, both when talking odds and production at this course. That being said, a three-peat would be tough and as stated, this course begs for a new winner. That could easily end up being Kevin Harvick (7/2 odds), Brad Keselowski (6/1 odds) or Jimmie Johnson (6/1 odds), who represent the only other drivers with odds better than 10/1.
That doesn’t mean we should quickly dismiss Kurt Busch (10/1 odds), Kyle Busch (10/1), Denny Hamlin (12/1), Matt Kenseth (12/1), Jeff Gordon (15/1) or Martin Treux Jr. (15/1). Kyle Busch won the most recent race and has even won at this track before, making him more than a competent bet to take this year’s 5-Hour Energy 301 crown.
Jimmie Johnson isn’t just one of the top drivers in NASCAR, but he also has a terrific six-race average at Magic Mile. He’s always a strong threat in just about any race, but he’s especially a strong favorite for this weekend’s race.
Of all the favorites, though, Keselowski might stand out the most. He’s been by far the hottest drive over his last 10 races, but is still pining for a top-five finish. He could finally carve out a big finish this weekend.
Kyle Larson has two top-three finishes at New Hampshire stemming from 2014, so he’s a fun sleeper with reasonable odds (20/1). His odds aren’t so terrible that he’ll scare you off, but they’re bad enough that a nice bet could yield a strong reward.
Jeff Gordon is always going to be an interesting sleeper with this year being his last as a full-time NASCAR competitor. The Rainbow Warriors used to dominate New Hampshire, so it’s always possible he turns things around and gets a big win here.
Aric Amirola and Danica Patrick are two more interesting 5-Hour Energy 301 sleepers. Patrick finished 19th here last year and Amirola has torn up the track the last two times out. Strong races this weekend could have them both fighting for a spot late in this one.
The Pick: Joey Logano
Sometimes the obvious pick really just is the right one. Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick are all worthy choices to be ton, too, but Logano kills here and has two victories under his belt. A win here this weekend would give him a three-peat and with 8/1 odds, it’s not like you’re taking a shot in the dark.
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