NASCAR salutes its fan with this weekend’s Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard, named for Gunnery Sergeant Samuel Deeds, who won Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” contest.
We take a look at the NASCAR odds and where bettors can find value at the Brickyard.
Favorite: Jimmie Johnson (+350)
The Sprint Cup points leader is running away with the 2013 season, 56 points ahead of his closest competition. Johnson has four career wins at Indy, including last year’s Crown Royal 400, and an average finish of 16.8. He’s best first in three of his last five visits to the Brickyard, placing 19th and 22nd in 2011 and 2010.
Live dog: Tony Stewart (+1,500)
Stewart has plenty of experience on the bricks, having run both stock and IndyCar at the 2.5-mile oval. “Smoke” owns the best average finish at Indianapolis at 8.2 over his 14 starts in his home state, posting two wins and six Top-5 finishes in that span. This season, Stewart sits 13th in the points standings and followed a runner-up showing at Daytona with a 26th-place run at New Hampshire two weeks ago.
Long shot: Jamie McMurray (+3,300)
McMurray is picking up steam with a second-place run at Kentucky and a seventh-place showing at Daytona. He salvaged a 12th-place finish at New Hampshire despite crashing his car in practice. The No. 1 car has had success at Indianapolis, with an average finish of 14.0 and five Top-10 runs in 10 career starts, including a win in 2010.
Key stat: The Indianapolis winner has started from the pole position just twice: Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jimmie Johnson in 2008.
“I just feel like I’ve had a lot of different experiences here that can help me and, again, it’s just a special place where I feel like from the beginning I’ve always really believed that you have to show this track respect, and it will hopefully show you the respect back.” – Danica Patrick told NBC Sports about her experience racing IndyCar at the Brickyard.
Odds to win Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard
Jimmie Johnson 7-2
Kyle Busch 35-4
Kasey Kahne 10-1
Matt Kenseth 11-1
Carl Edwards 13-1
Greg Biffle 13-1
Denny Hamlin 13-1
Jeff Gordon 13-1
Brad Keselowski 15-1
Tony Stewart 15-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 35-2
Clint Bowyer 18-1
Juan Montoya 20-1
Kurt Busch 20-1
Kevin Harvick 20-1
Martin Truex Jr. 45-2
Mark Martin 28-1
Joey Logano 28-1
Jamie McMurray 33-1