2016 Nascar Odds: Firekeepers Casino 400 Preview and Prediction
The 2016 Nascar season rolls on, with the Sprint Cup Series heading to Michigan this weekend. The action hits Michigan International Speedway, where the best drivers will duke it out to take first place at the Firekeepers Casino 400.
There are clear favorites heading into Sunday’s race, with some drivers needing to win more than most. Some drivers without wins could be feeling the heat of the Chase, and that could make a loaded field more interesting than ever as everyone is out for some points.
2016 Firekeepers Casino 400 Favorties
Kevin Harvick is the clear favorite heading into the weekend, but he’ll likely face stiff competition. Here’s a look at the top-10 drivers coming in with the best odds to win:
- Kevin Harvick 5/1
- Martin Treux Jr. 7/1
- Jimmie Johnson 7/1
- Matt Kenseth 7/1
- Joey Logano 7/1
- Kyle Busch 8/1
- Carl Edwards 8/1
- Brad Keselowski 8/1
- Kurt Busch 12/1
- Denny Hamlin 18/1
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 18/1
Harvick enters as the favorite to win the 2016 Firekeepers Casino 400, as he comes in red hot with a second place finish at the Coca Cola 600 and finished 9th last week at the Axalta 400. Harvick has been one of the top drivers all year, rounding out three top five’s and is one of the few drivers to net a win. Vegas sees him as the top threat to go for the win this Sunday.
Of course, Harvick will have to fend off Joey Logano and others, and Logano factors into the mix after winning pole position. Logano has yet to win a race on the year, but will start out front on Sunday and could have the edge he needs to stay ahead of the pack.
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There is a loaded field here this weekend, however, as Martin Treux Jr., Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson all tie with Logano to boast the second best odds behind Harvick. All have driven extremely well in 2016 and a strong argument can be made for either of them. Of that group, however, just Jimmie Johnson has won here at the Firekeepers Casino 400.
The Busch brothers, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski are also driving well in 2016 and will be legit threats, but Nascar bettors may want to pay special attention to Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. – two guys who tie for the 10th and final spot with 18/1 odds to win this year’s Firekeepers Casino 400.
Both have won here before, too, with Earnhardt winning in 2008 and 2012 and Hamlin taking first place in back to back years (2010 and 2011). Of the two, Hamlin already has a win under his belt this year, though, so luck could finally favor Earnhardt as he approaches a race he’s had success in.
Top Firekeepers Casino 400 Sleepers
- Kyle Larson 25/1
- Kasey Kahne 40/1
- Ryan Newman 80/1
- Greg Biffle 80/1
- Tony Stewart 100/1
- Clint Bowyer 500/1
It’s always important to keep some of the top sleepers in mind, either because of their upside in a race, past race success or interesting odds.
Stewart and Bowyer are all about the odds, as neither are arguably scary threats here, but even the smallest of bets could provide a huge return if they somehow snagged first place. It’s also worth noting that Stewart did win here back in 2000.
Of the sleepers, Larson, Kahne, Newman and Biffle make a little more sense, as Biffle actually won recently in 2013 and Newman and Kahne have won here before, as well.
Larson is the odd man out in that department, but he’s been solid on the year with three runs inside the top-10 and two inside the top-5. He could be nearing his first 2016 win and Vegas doesn’t appear to hate his odds.
Firekeepers Casino 400 Prediction
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is so close to a win, he can taste it. He almost did it at the Axalta 40 last week and he’s largely run well this year, posting six top-10 finishes and sneaking into the top-5 five times, as well.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 9, 2016
Earnhardt is too good to stay without a win and he knows he needs one to get into the Chase. He has a good amount of points, but he badly needs a win and his recent driving suggests he’s very focused. He finished second last week and now has finished inside the top-15 in four of his last five races, not to mention second and third in two of his last three runs.
The competition is as stiff as ever, but Earnhardt has won here before and is getting closer and closer to a big win. He gets it on Sunday.
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