NASCAR at Darlington: Odds, key stats, bets to consider for Southern 500

The wealthy southern history of NASCAR is going to be revived this weekend using throwback paint schemes, special memorabilia and nostalgia as the circuit heads to historic Darlington Raceway for its famed Southern 500, unofficially one of NASCAR’s four major races.

Sunday night’s race marks the second-to-last race of the season before the 16-driver playoffs start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-79 points out of cutoff), Ryan Newman (-91), Daniel Suarez (-93) and Paul Menard (-99) are motorists now with a slender chance to make the playoffs without a win while the rest of the field requires a success at Darlington or Indianapolis to punch their ticket to the playoffs.

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With”The Lady in Black” prepared to paint a Darlington stripe on anyone who gets too near her wall, drivers will need to be at their best since the track changes when the sexy South Carolina sun starts to set in the 1.366-mile asphalt track. Among the most unique tracks in NASCAR features 25 levels of banking in Turns 1 and 2, and 23 degrees in Turns 3 and 4 as the track narrows by 17 feet as the car rounds the oblong oblong.

There is no other track like Darlington making it tough to handicap but the track is very abrasive like similar paths in length in Atlanta and Chicagoland. Sunday’s race-favorite Kevin Harvick will soon use his winning Atlanta chassis which led 181 of 325 laps at February while Kyle Busch expects another 50+ lap-leading win at Darlington like he’d at Chicago this summer. The last member of the”Big 3,” Martin Truex Jr. is your 2016 Darlington winner that has a series of three top-10 finishes in the track.

Entering Sunday’s race with the fourth-shortest chances is a driver that has dominated Darlington and needs a good showing to secure a place in the playoffs: Denny Hamlin.

The No. 11 Toyota motorist is a two-time Darlington winner and defending race champion. Hamlin boasts the top driver evaluation (110.3 — well above the upcoming statistical finest of Kyle Busch in 105.1), the very best average running position (7.8) and tops the list of fastest laps run (272) in this race. Hamlin has 10 top-10 endings in 12 career starts including seven top-fives to go along with his 2 wins.

Odds to win Southern 500

Kevin Harvick 5/2
Kyle Busch 7/2
Martin Truex Jr 7/2
Denny Hamlin 6/1
Kyle Larson 6/1
Erik Jones 18/1
Ryan Blaney 18/1
Brad Keselowski 18/1
Kurt Busch 18/1
Clint Bowyer 18/1
Chase Elliott 25/1
Joey Logano 25/1
Aric Almirola 50/1
Jimmie Johnson 100/1
Ryan Newman 100/1
Daniel Suarez 100/1
Alex Bowman 100/1
Austin Dillon 200/1
Jamie McMurray 200/1
Paul Menard 200/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr 300/1
Matt Kenseth 300/1
William Byron 300/1
Kasey Kahne 1000/1
Chris Buescher 1000/1
Darrell Wallace Jr 1000/1
AJ Allmendinger 1000/1
Ty Dillon 5000/1
Michael McDowell 5000/1
Field (All Others) 1000/1

Notable Southern 500 gambling matchups

Kyle Busch -110
Martin Truex Jr. -110

Denny Hamlin -110
Kyle Larson -110

Kevin Harvick -145
Martin Truex Jr. +125

Erik Jones -110
Brad Keselowski -110

Brad Keselowski -110
Clint Bowyer -110

Kyle Busch -115
Denny Hamlin +135

Chase Elliott -110
Joey Logano -110

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