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NASCAR betting: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 preview

The Chase for the Championship is down to its final four races. Next up is the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville. “The Paperclip” is among the toughest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, however, there are a handful of drivers who consistently finish near the front in Virginia.

Favorite

Jimmie Johnson (+175)

Johnson has been dominant at Martinsville during his career. His average finish of 5.3 is head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field, posting eight career wins there. Johnson is kicking himself after last weekend, missing out on win after running up front most of the day. Johnson still holds a 4-point lead over Matt Kenseth and couldn’t be in a better spot to build on that gap.

Underdog

Ryan Newman (+3,000)

Newman is sitting 11th among Chase contenders but has been the most consistent driver over the past four races. He’s placed eighth, eighth and ninth in three of his last four runs and has six Top-10 finishes in his last eight races. Newman picked up a win at Martinsville last year, winning the Goody's Fast Relief 500 in April 2012, and has placed inside the Top 5 in seven of his career 23 starts in Virginia.

Long shot


Danica Patrick (+10,000)

It doesn’t say long shot for nothing. But, Patrick is actually a dark horse contender at Martinsville, where she finished 12th in her first run on “The Paperclip” after starting the race in 32nd last season. Patrick was burned by costly mistakes at Talladega last weekend. She was penalized for speeding on pit-road and lashed out at her crew for not communicating. That led to a 33rd-place finish and spoiled what could have been Patrick’s best performance of her NASCAR career. 

Key stat: If a driver outside the Top 12 wins at Martinsville, it would be the first time in the nine-year history of the Chase that non-Chase drivers won three straight Chase races.

Odds to win Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 (Odds courtesy of TopBet.eU)

Aric Almirola 100-1
Brad Keselowski 12-1
Carl Edwards 30-1
Clint Bowyer 12-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 18-1
Danica Patrick 100-1
Denny Hamlin 12-1
Elliott Sadler 100-1
Greg Biffle 30-1
Jamie McMurray 50-1
Jeff Burton 100-1
Jeff Gordon 6-1
Marcos Ambrose 100-1
Kyle Busch 7-1
Kasey Kahne 10-1
Joey Logano 30-1
Matt Kenseth 10-1
Kevin Harvick 12-1
Ryan Newman 30-1
Martin Truex Jr. 30-1
Kurt Busch 30-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 100-1
Mark Martin 100-1
Juan Montoya 100-1
Kyle Larson 100-1
Jimmie Johnson 7-4
Paul Menard 100-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1

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