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2009 Shelby 427 Betting Preview

NASCAR: Shelby 427 Wagering

The guys of NASCAR make their annual stop in Sin City this Sunday and Sportsbook.com has the odds and a great contest.

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Leading the field for Sunday will be Matt Kenseth, who is in search of his third straight win to start the 2009 season, and his third career trip to Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The most important factor to consider when handicapping and betting this race is that this facility underwent a drastic transformation between 2006 and 2007. The highlights included increasing the banking on the track and a brand new infield “Neon Garage” area. The racing that had become somewhat mundane and predictable is now fast and furious.

Because of this, you can pretty much take most of the historical track stats and throw them out the window when it comes to handicapping this race. If you’re looking for something more concrete to go by, check the most recent two LVMS race stats, or the most recent races at Miami, Atlanta, or Texas.

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Also, the upcoming weekend practice and qualifying, and happy hour speeds should provide a strong indication of which teams have it dialed in as well.

Taking a quick look at the 2007-2008 races here, the winners were Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards respectively. Johnson had won three straight events here until Edwards broke the streak a year ago. Those two have led 89 laps apiece over the last two trips, second only to Jeff Gordon with 130.

Checking the standings after two races this year, several key highlights emerge. Most notably, three time champion Jimmie Johnson is just 19th in points, 35 behind 12th place David Reutimann. The driver in the most trouble right now has to be Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who is 35th in points.

Denny Hamlin (15th), Kevin Harvick (16th), Kyle Busch (18th), Kasey Kahne (23rd), Mark Martin (27th), and Jeff Burton (31st) are all struggling. Pleasant surprises are Michael Waltrip (7th), Elliott Sadler (11th) and David Reutimann (12th) as early Chase contenders.

In terms of the odds, the experts see the race coming down to six drivers. Johnson and Edwards are the favorites at 5:1 at Sportsbook.com. Kyle Busch and Kenseth are at 6:1. Gordon is next in line at 7-1, and finally, Greg Biffle rounds out the single-digit drivers at 8-1.

Of course, that leaves a whole bunch of strong underdogs to consider. Two of the most notable are Mark Martin and Kurt Busch, each at 20:1. Martin ran a strong race here a year ago and will be looking to rebound from a blown motor at Fontana last week, a rare problem that afflicted both he and Earnhardt, Jr.

Busch has been on in the first two races and sits third in the standings as one of just 12 drivers who has completed every lap so far. Among those drivers you might want to avoid are Junior, rookie Joey Logano, and Jeff Burton. It just isn’t clicking at this point for any of those race teams.

Check out all the Las Vegas Speedway’s Shelby 427 dds at Sportsbook.com and place your bet.

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