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NASCAR betting: Quaker State 400 preview and odds

Greg Engle is the editor of the racing blog CupScene.com and covers the Sprint Cup Series for the Examiner. You can follow him on Twitter @cupscene.

After the road course at Sonoma, it’s back to the ovals this week for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 marks only the second time the series has raced at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway and it marks the kickoff of an important segment of the season.
 
Saturday night is the start of the Race to the Chase - 10 weeks leading up to the September 8 race at Richmond International Raceway where the 12 driver field for this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup will be set.
 
With only one race at Kentucky, you might think that there isn’t enough history to pick a favorite. You’d be wrong.
 
At 1.5 miles, Kentucky Speedway is representative of a majority of the tracks the series races on - the so-called intermediate tracks. Those who typically run well on the 1.5-mile tracks should do well here. Combine that with the desperation of a few hovering around the 12th-place spot and the favorites picture becomes clearer.

Carl Edwards is currently in 10th but he’s been struggling this season and has yet to win. The four drivers behind him have won once this season, putting Edwards into desperation mode and hunting for a win. Edwards has run well on the 1.5-mile tracks and has two wins here, his first career NASCAR win in the Truck Series in 2003 and one in the Nationwide series in 2005. He was fifth here last year and aims to go all the way Saturday night.
 
“It is a big race for us,” Edwards said. “I had my first win in NASCAR there in the truck series in 2003. It is huge for me to be able to go back there and have the opportunity to run in the Cup Series and get a win there. We had one Nationwide win there as well and I really like that place. It has character and the fans are wound up so it’s a lot of fun.”

Check out the rest of the Quaker State 400 preview as well as Greg's picks to win.

Odds to win Quaker State 400 (Provided by SBG Global)


Jimmie Johnson 5-1
Kyle Busch 7-1
Greg Biffle 8-1
Tony Stewart 8-1
Matt Kenseth 8-1
Denny Hamlin 10-1
Carl Edwards 10-1
Kevin Harvick 12-1
Kasey Kahne 12-1
Jeff Gordon 12-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12-1
Brad Keselowski 15-1
Martin Truex Jr. 25-1
Clint Bowyer 25-1
Joey Lagano 30-1
Ryan Newman 40-1
A.J. Allmendinger 50-1
Kurt Busch 60-1
Paul Menard 100-1
Michael Waltrip 100-1
Regan Smith 100-1
Jamie McMurray 100-1
Jeff Burton 100-1
Aric Almirola 100-1
David Ragan 100-1
Juan Montoya 100-1
Bobby Labonte 100-1
David Gilliland 100-1
Marcos Ambrose 100-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1

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