Betting ON Southern 500 Gambling Odds
The NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads to its second-straight iconic stock car track this Saturday night for the running of the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway in front of a prime time audience.
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Bojangles’ Southern 500 Preview and Prediction
Race: Bojangles’ Southern 500
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
The race is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on FOX.
Last Sunday at Talladega, Brad Keselowski held-off Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth to take the checkered flag to become the third two-time winner this season along with Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin.
The following is a closer look at our favorite, contender, and longshot for this Sunday’s race along with their current odds to win as provided by Bovada.
The Favorite (odds of less than 10/1)
Jimmie Johnson’s first race this season at Daytona and last Sunday’s 35th-place finish at Talladega are both ones to forget, but everything he has done in between including four top-five finishes has the No.48 car in top form.
This is one of the primary reasons he is an 11/2 favorite to win this Saturday night. The other reason for such high expectations is seven top-10 finishes in his last 10 races at Darlington including back-to-back victories in 2004 when there were still two races a season at this track.
The Contender (odds of 11/1 to 19/1)
Consistency has been a hallmark of Matt Kenseth’s performance over the past few Sprint Cup seasons and this year has been no different.
He has six top-five finishes so far including a victory in the Daytona 500. With last week’s third-place finish, the No.17 car is now just seven points behind Greg Biffle in the Sprint Cup standings with a total of 371 points.
Kenseth has been opened at 12/1 to win on Saturday night. While, he has yet to win a race at Darlington, he has finished in the top 10 four times since posting a third-place finish in 2006.
The Longshot (odds of 20/1 or higher)
Ryan Newman has also never won at Darlington, but in 13 previous races he has managed to finish in the top 10 nine times and has an average finishing position here of 11.6.
Last season in this race, he started second and finished fifth, which was Newman’s seventh career top-five finish at this track The No.39 car is a 20/1 longshot to finally break through with a win on Saturday night.
Add in the fact that he has already posted a victory this season at Martinsville along with an impressive resume at this track and you end-up with a tremendous amount of value in his odds.