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NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400 Preview and Prediction

Betting ON Pure Michigan 400 Gambling Odds

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series will make its second trip this season to Brooklyn for the running of the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400
Race: Pure Michigan 400, Michigan International Speedway
Date: Sunday, Aug.19, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Broadcast: ESPN

Sunday’s race is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Marcos Ambrose used his road race experience to take the checkered flag last Sunday at Watkins Glenn with Brad Keselowski finishing second and Jimmie Johnson taking third.

The following is a closer look at our favorite, contender, and longshot for this Sunday’s race along with their current odds to win.

The Favorite (odds of less than 10/1)

It is not too common for a driver to sweep a season series at any track, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. will try and accomplish this feat as a 7/1 favorite this Sunday afternoon. The No. 88 car snapped a four-year losing streak with a win in the first race here this season. It is currently in fourth- place in the Sprint Cup standings with 760 points with eight other top-five finishes.

Some of the value in Junior’s odds is lost due to the fact his overall finishing position at Michigan is 15.2. [ad-8757089]

The Contender (odds of 10/1 to 19/1)

For someone that is in third place in the standings with 775 points and just two points out of the lead you would think they would be one of the favorites to win every week, but that has not been the case with Matt Kenseth. Ever since winning the Daytona 500, he has been driving under the radar for most of the season, but still has eight other top-five finishes on his resume.

This week, Kenseth has been opened at 10/1 to win this race, but adds tremendous value to these odds given not only his current form, but his recent performance at this track. The No. 17 car finished third in the first race this year and took second in last year’s race. Overall, it has taken the checkered flag twice at this track and has an average finishing position of 9.3.

The Longshot (odds of 20/1 or higher)

This season has been a struggle for Kevin Harvick with no wins and just three top-five finishes in the first 22 races, but his week-to-week consistency has him in ninth-place in the standings with 710 points. He has been opened as a 20/1 longshot to finally break through this week with a victory, but you cannot help to think that the No.29 car is way overdue for a win.

Harvick finished 10th in the first race this season at Michigan and won this race in 2010, which adds even more value to his odds.



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