Betting ON Coca-Cola 600 Gambling Odds
The NASCAR Sprint Cup series spends its second-straight week in Concord, North Carolina for the running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 Preview and Prediction
Race: Coca-Cola 600
Date: Sunday, May 27, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Sunday’s race is set to start at 5:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on FOX.
Last Saturday night at this track, Jimmie Johnson became a million dollars richer with a victory in NASCAR’s non-point Sprint All-Star Race. This followed his first-place finish the previous week at Darlington, which was his first Sprint Cup point race win of the season.
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)
Last Saturday night’s victory is a good sign for Jimmie Johnson’s No.48 car considering it suffered a blown engine and got caught in a wreck in last season’s races at Charlotte.
The Oddsmakers like his chances to win his second race here in a little over a week by making him the odds-on-favorite at 11/2. Johnson’s current form, that includes the victory at Darlington and four other top-five finishes this season, would be enough to justify these odds. Factor in six career victories at this track, with the last coming in 2009, and it is easy to see the value.
The Contender (odds of 10/1 to 19/1)
Much has been made about Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s four-year winless streak in the Sprint Cup series but you have to believe he is way overdue for a victory after getting off to one of his best starts in his Sprint Cup career. He has four top-five finishes in 11 point races and is currently in third-place in the standings with 397 points, which is just 14 points out of first.
Junior has been opened at 12/1 to finally take that long awaited victory lap and while he has had his share of problems at this track, the No.88 car did finish seventh in last year’s race after starting 25th to post his 10th career top-10 finish here.
The Longshot (odds of 20/1 or higher)
Mark Martin is the most tenured driver in the Sprint Cup series and still making an impact this season with four top-10 finishes including a third-place finish at Texas and an eighth-place finish at Richmond after starting on the pole.
He has been opened as a 25/1 longshot to win on Sunday, which offers some solid value given his current form.
Martin ran his first race at Charlotte in 1982 and has accumulated four career victories and 14 other top-five finishes over the years. He was knocked-out of last year’s race in a wreck, but he did post a fourth-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 in 2010.