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NASCAR betting: Bank of America 500 preview

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.

Fall is in the air and people all around America have been celebrating Homecoming. The same can be said for NASCAR as the series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 Saturday.

Most of the teams that race in NASCAR call Charlotte home and while a win is a big deal anywhere, it’s more so here. Throw in the fact that we’re at the halfway point of NASCAR’s 10-race Chase and Saturday could bring a wild night of racing.

The top three drivers in the Chase are slowly separating themselves from the rest of the field. But several others outside the top three are still well within striking distance.
 
Brad Keselowski emerged from the chaos last week at Talladega still in control of first place. Looking at his record at Charlotte, he may be just trying to survive Saturday.

He was fifth here in May, but in the five races prior to that he finished outside the Top 15 and was 12th in his first start in 2009. Keselowski does have one advantage over the field moving past Charlotte.
 
“Having a 14-point lead heading into Charlotte is pretty big, for sure,” Keselowski told reporters. “Once we are done at Charlotte we’ll be halfway through the Chase, and while there is still a lot of racing left to go, it’s better than having to dig out of a hole.”
 
He may not be the favorite this week, but Keselowski (+800) could surprise.
 
“Charlotte is a place where the results don’t necessarily show how much this team has improved there,” he said. “We were finally able to break through with a top-five finish back in May. We should be even better this time around. Our record this year on the intermediate tracks is very solid.”

Check out the rest of the Bank of America 500 preview and get Greg’s picks to win here.

Odds to win Bank of America 500 (Courtesy of JustBet)


Denny Hamlin 5-1
Jimmie Johnson 5-1
Kyle Busch 7-1
Brad Keselowski 8-1
Kasey Kahne 8-1
Matt Kenseth 10-1
Jeff Gordon 10-1
Greg Biffle 12-1
Carl Edwards 15-1
Tony Stewart 15-1
Kevin Harvick 20-1
Clint Bowyer 20-1
Martin Truex Jr. 20-1
Mark Martin 25-1
Joey Lagano 40-1
Kurt Busch 75-1
Ryan Newman 75-1
Sam Hornish, Jr. 100-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 100-1
Marcos Ambrose 100-1
Paul Menard 200-1
Jeff Burton 200-1
Trevor Bayne 300-1
Bobby Labonte 300-1
Aric Almirola 300-1
Jamie McMurray 300-1
Regan Smith 300-1
Juan Montoya 300-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1

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