NASCAR betting: Kobalt Tools 400 preview

Mar 8, 2013 |
NASCAR betting: Kobalt Tools 400 preview
Carl Edwards is coming off a win at Phoenix heading into Las Vegas Sunday.
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Carl Edwards is coming off a win at Phoenix heading into Las Vegas Sunday.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
No event on the Sprint Cup Series schedule caters to sports bettors like the Kobalt Tools 400 from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Sin City is packed with racing fans and books are offering a long list of odds and props for Sunday’s 1.5-mile race at the tri-oval track.

Favorite: Jimmie Johnson (+600)

No. 48 is the only active driver with an average finish under 10.0 at Las Vegas, bringing a 9.82 AF into this weekend’s race. Johnson has won four of his 11 starts at LVMS and finished second in last year’s race. The five-time Sprint Cup champion is off to another strong start in 2013, leading the point standings after a win at Daytona and a close runner-up showing at Phoenix last Sunday.

Live dog: Carl Edwards (+1,000)

If momentum counts for anything, Edwards is a nice bet at this price coming off his win at Phoenix. The No. 99 driver has performed well in the desert heat, owning a 10.25 average finish and two wins in eight career starts at Las Vegas, while completing every single lap in those races. There is a nice rivalry brewing between Edwards and Johnson heading into the weekend, so expect those two to tangle.

Long shot: Marco Ambrose (+10,000)

Ambrose has run well at Las Vegas in his limited starts, finishing 13th last year and fourth in 2011. In four career races at LVMS, he’s built a 12.8 average finish and has completed 99.9 percent of laps. The Aussie driver sits just outside of the top 10 in points, posting back-to-back 18th-place finishes so far this season. He’s driving the right car at Las Vegas, with four of the past 10 Kobalt Tools 400 winners parking their Fords in Victory Lane.

Key stat: Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored a top-10 finish in all nine of his starts at 1.5 mile tracks last year. His average finish of 7.7 at 1.5-mile tracks in 2012 was the best of any driver, and his nine top 10s were the best in the Series, despite him missing two races.

Notable quotable:

“Las Vegas is a rough track and not very smooth anymore. There are just so many challenges and unknowns heading into Las Vegas, and that’s what everyone is worried about. You can test all day long, but it isn’t the same as racing. Until everyone brings their best effort to the track, you really don’t know where you stand. We feel like we’ve had good tests, but things tend to be different come race time.” – Jeff Burton told

Odds to win Kobalt Tools 400 (Courtesy of JustBet)

Jimmie Johnson 6-1
Denny Hamlin 8-1
Kyle Busch 8-1
Brad Keselowski 8-1
Tony Stewart 8-1
Jeff Gordon 10-1
Carl Edwards 10-1
Greg Biffle 12-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12-1
Kevin Harvick 15-1
Clint Bowyer 15-1
Matt Kenseth 15-1
Kasey Kahne 15-1
Ryan Newman 30-1
Martin Truex Jr. 30-1
Mark Martin 30-1
Joey Lagano 30-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 50-1
Kurt Busch 60-1
Juan Montoya 100-1
Marcos Ambrose 100-1
Aric Almirola 100-1
Paul Menard 100-1
Trevor Bayne 200-1
Austin Dillon 200-1
Jamie McMurray 200-1
Jeff Burton 200-1
Danica Patrick 300-1
Bobby Labonte 300-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 100-1

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