2015 NASCAR: Pure Michigan 400 Odds and Pick
The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase series continues on with the Pure Michigan 400, where Jeff Gordon will try to repeat as champion in his likely final try at the Michigan International Speedway.
Gordon won the event in 2014, but with no wins thus far in 2015 and just 18/1 odds to take first this weekend, he’s probably not the best bet. Then again, Gordon has still enjoyed a solid 2015 run, where he has three top-five finishes and 12 placements inside the top-10. With the success he had at this track last year, he’s definitely in play to go out on a high note.
It’s not all about Jeff Gordon, though, and as we’ve learned time and time again, winning a race on year does not mean you’ll win it the next. Let’s break down the other top favorites and some sleepers as we work our way to a pick for the Pure Michigan 400:
Kevin Harvick leads the way with the best odds to win the Pure Michigan 400 (9/1), and he’s followed closely behind by Kyle Busch (7/1), Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. (all with 8/1 odds to win it all).
Harvick is a fun favorite because he’s won two races on the year, has a ridiculous 19 top-10 runs and won this very event in 2010. He’s also come in second the past two seasons, so he’s picking back up some steam to win again.
The Busch brothers are always in play (six total wins between them), Johnson has a staggering four wins on the year, Keselowski has one win with five top-five finishes and Logano, Kenseth and Truex all at least have one win in 2015. The odds suggest they’re solid bets, and so do their stellar 2015 runs to this point.
As good as some of the favorites are, there are always some sneaky sleepers worth paying some attention to. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is certainly one of them, as he enters the Pure Michigan 400 with solid 12/1 odds. Earnhardt has two top-five finishes at this track in his last three tries, including one last year. With two wins in 2015 and 11 top-five runs, Earnhardt Jr. remains in the discussion in just about every race and has some solid pull on this specific track – especially with these odds.
The gem of the weekend might just be Clint Bowyer, who gives you a shot at a monster payout (100/1 odds) and actually could win it. Bowyer is still chasing his first win of 2015 and has just one top-five finish, but he’s had serious success at Michigan International Speedway with a top-10 run in each of his last nine tries. Winning the whole thing is obviously no lock, but dark horses don’t get much better than this.
The Pick: Kevin Harvick
Let’s not make this harder than it has to be. Harvick is having a terrific 2015 showing and has lit up this track. With history and the odds on his side, he’s looking like a great buy. The profit may not be huge with him being the lead favorite, but he looks like the winner for the Pure Michigan 400.
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