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Posted on 8/14/2007 2:59:12 PM
3M Performance 400, Michigan International Speedway August 19, 2007, ESPN (1 PM EST)
By Brock Murphy
The quirky road course at Watkins Glen brought its share of drama to the Nextel circuit last weekend for NASCAR betting fans, including an unexpected spin by then-leader, Jeff Gordon, with two laps remaining, as well as a good old-fashioned shovin’ match between Kevin Harvick and Juan Pablo Montoya. After Gordon spun-out, Tony Stewart leapt into the lead and claimed his third win in four races.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. blew an engine for the fourth time this season and dropped from 13th to 14th in the race for the Nextel Cup Chase. He is now 100 points behind 11th-ranked racer, Kurt Busch, and may have lost his chance to enter the Chase.
NASCAR betting enthusiasts turn their sights to the 2-mile D-shaped oval course at Michigan International Speedway, site of this June’s Citizen’s Bank 400. Carl Edwards won the June event here followed by Martin Truex, Jr., Stewart, Casey Mears, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Busch, Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon and Michael Waltrip. It was Waltrip’s only top-10 in the five races he has run this year.
Last June, Kasey Kayne won the 2006 3M Performance 400 from the pole position, beating out Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Greg Biffle and Reed Sorenson.
Two months later, Matt Kenseth started third and won the GFS Marketplace 400 at this Michigan track. Kenseth finished ahead of Gordon, Stewart, Kahne, Mark Martin, Dale Jr., Biffle, Sorenson, Denny Hamlin and Elliott Sadler.
As of post-time, no BetUS sportline has been posted for this weekend’s race. However, Tony Stewart’s three Cup wins in his last four races combined with his 3rd-place finish here in June makes him the NASCAR betting odds favorite this weekend.
Nextel Cup betting line numbers must next recognize Jeff Gordon, who leads the Race for the Chase and who was two laps from his fifth win of the season before his spin-out last weekend at the Glen.
Denny Hamlin is ranked 2nd-in the Chase but did not finish in the top-ten at MIS in June. Kenseth won last August and is ranked 3rd in the Chase. Kenseth has one win (Auto Club 500, Week 2) and seven top-five finishes this season.
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