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NASCAR betting: Bank of America 500 preview

The Chase for the Championship marches into Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 Saturday. Here’s a quick look at three drivers to watch when the Sprint Cup takes to the 1.5-mile quad oval track:

Favorite

Matt Kenseth (+400)

The current points leader is sliding back a bit after back-to-back wins in September. Kenseth followed a seventh-place showing at Dover with an 11th-place finish at Kansas last weekend. The No. 20 car has an average finish of 11.38 at Charlotte and placed 15th there in the Coca-Cola 600 back in May. Kenseth has been dominant on tri-oval tracks, with an average finish of 8.04 over the past three years.

Live underdog

Brad Keselowski (+1,800)

Keselowski may not be among the 13 Chase contenders but there’s no lack of motivation for the No. 2 Ford. He’s in a very vocal battle with Kyle Busch and would love nothing more than to stick it to his rival with a win at Charlotte Saturday. He’s among the best tri-oval drivers in NASCAR and boasts three wins on those intermediate tracks since 2011. With Keselowski outside of the Chase looking in, there is added value in his outright odds.

Long shot

Jamie McMurray (+10,000)

For a guy sitting first among non-Chase contenders, McMurray is sure getting some tasty odds this weekend. He’s been among the best drivers the past six races, posting an average finish of 11th – sixth best in all of the Sprint Cup. McMurray has two Top-5 finishes in his last five races, and while he hasn’t run well at Charlotte for his career, he did win one of the Sprint Cup Showdowns in Concord, NC back in May.

Key stat: Just 14 of the 109 races at Charlotte have been won by the pole sitter (12.8 percent). Jimmie Johnson is the last do it in 2004 and 2009.

Odds to win Bank of America 500 at TopBet.eu:


Matt Kenseth 4-1
Kyle Busch 6-1
Kasey Kahne 7-1
Joey Logano 10-1
Jeff Gordon 10-1
A.J. Allmendinger 100-1
Kevin Harvick 10-1
Kurt Busch 15-1
Carl Edwards 15-1
Brad Keselowski 18-1
Clint Bowyer 18-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 18-1
Martin Truex Jr. 25-1
Denny Hamlin 25-1
Greg Biffle 30-1
Ryan Newman 30-1
Brian Vickers 35-1
Jimmie Johnson 7-2
Juan Montoya 60-1
Jeff Burton 60-1
Paul Menard 80-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 100-1
Marcos Ambrose 100-1
Mark Martin 100-1
Danica Patrick 100-1
Aric Almirola 100-1
Jamie McMurray 100-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1

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