The Bojangles Southern 500 Odds and Pick
NASCAR hits the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina on Sunday, September 6th as the Sprint Cup Series continues on. Kevin Harvick enters the weekend with the best overall odds (4/1), but is followed close behind by Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Denny Hemlin, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski, who all have 10/1 odds or better to win the Bojangles Southern 500.
Picking the big names isn’t very risky, but it’s not necessarily easy. The field is very tight at the top, and Darlington Raceway is notorious for being a difficult track both to master and predict.
Harvick is a natural favorite in most races thanks to a fantastic 2015 run, but he also was the winner here in 2014. He naturally leads the way, while Kenseth, Johnson and Hamlin all have a win at this track over the last five years.
Picking who wins out of the top guys is probably the safe route, but since when is NASCAR betting meant to be safe? Let’s liven things up a bit as we take a look at some interesting sleepers worth taking a stab at in the 2015 Bojangles Southern 500.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is surely no scrub, and his solid 20/1 odds let you know that pretty easily. Junior even finished second here last year, so he gives you some upside and if he wins, a decent profit.
Ryan Newman is an even better play if you’re looking to get some good money back, as he’s got seven top-5 runs under his belt at this track. That doesn’t make him a lock to win this weekend, but he’s done well enough to make him a solid sleeper. Austin Dillon kicks it up a notch (75/1) and is a decent try after finishing 11th at Darlington in 2014.
One more for the road: Tony Stewart has had a ton of negativity surrounding him all year (and more recently) but he’s had a good amount of success at this track (12 top-10 finishes). He probably won’t win, but with 100/1 odds he’d be a fun cheap bet to try to win off of.
The Pick: Matt Kenseth
You really could pick a name out of a hate in the top nine. Seriously. But Kenseth has been murdering the tracks all year and took first here in 2013. I think he comes back to be the first repeat winner since Greg Biffle won back to back races in 2005 and 2006.
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