NASCAR betting: AdvoCare 500 preview

Aug 31, 2012 |
NASCAR betting: AdvoCare 500 preview
Jeff Gordon needs to win to secure a place in the Chase for the Championship.
Jeff Gordon needs to win to secure a place in the Chase for the Championship.
Greg Engle is the editor of the racing blog and covers the Sprint Cup Series for the Examiner. You can follow him on Twitter @cupscene.

Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be an act of desperation for some. Five-hundred miles that could make or break an entire NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Chief among the desperate is Jeff Gordon. Atlanta marks Gordon’s best chance to add another win to his season total and secure a wildcard spot in this year’s Chase.
Gordon leads all active drivers with five wins at Atlanta. He’s also the defending winner of this race having taken the victory in an event that was rescheduled to Tuesday due to rain last season. Gordon rolls into the weekend 14th in standings with only one victory. He desperately needs to end up in Victory Lane Sunday night to have a chance to make the Chase. Given that the rescheduled event was in daylight last year, Gordon anticipates a different race Sunday.

"I expect the track to be a lot faster at night,” Gordon told reporters. “But I think we will still be able to race high, low and everywhere in between. I think one of the reasons so many drivers and teams love this place is the track has a lot of grip, a lot of banking and it is a very fast race track - especially when looking at the qualifying speeds. It's very fast during the race but it has a lot of fall off, so tire wear is significant and the balance of the car changes throughout a run."

Check out the rest of the AdvoCare 500 preview and get Greg's picks to win.

Odds to win the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Courtesy of SBG Global)

Jimmie Johnson 6-1
Denny Hamlin 8-1
Matt Kenseth 8-1
Kyle Busch 8-1
Greg Biffle 8-1
Tony Stewart 8-1
Jeff Gordon 12-1
Brad Keselowski 12-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12-1
Kasey Kahne 12-1
Carl Edwards 12-1
Kevin Harvick 20-1
Mark Martin 20-1
Clint Bowyer 25-1
Martin Truex Jr. 25-1
Ryan Newman 40-1
Joey Lagano 40-1
Marcos Ambrose 50-1
Paul Menard 100-1
Sam Hornish, Jr. 100-1
Aric Almirola 100-1
Juan Montoya 100-1
Jeff Burton 100-1
Kurt Busch 100-1
Jamie McMurray 100-1
Trevor Bayne 300-1
Danica Patrick 300-1
Regan Smith 300-1
Bobby Labonte 300-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1

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