by Bodog Sportsbook
Carl Edwards is the 7/1 NASCAR betting favorite as he takes on Kentucky Speedway in the inaugural Sprint Cup Series event to be held on the 1.5-mile oval track with the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night.
Edwards fell out of the top spot in the driver standings with his 37th-place finish last week at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, but will be looking to erase the slender five-point lead now held by leader Kevin Harvick with a strong result at the Kentucky Speedway. Harvick is back at 11/1 odds to win the Quaker State 400.
Jimmie Johnson, gunning for his sixth straight Sprint Cup Series championship title, is at 8/1 odds to grab the checkered flag this weekend, along with Kyle Busch. Johnson currently ranks sixth in the driver standings, while the younger Busch brother is in third place, just 10 points behind Harvick.
Kurt Busch is in fourth place in the driver standings and available at 9/1 odds. Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth round out the top tier of betting options at 11/1 odds, with Jeff Gordon (12/1), Tony Stewart (14/1) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (15/1) also expected to contend.
Longshot Joey Logano finished third last week at Daytona and has won the past three races held at Kentucky Speedway, albeit on the Nationwide Series. Logano looks like a tempting play for many auto-racing bettors at 30/1 odds to win the Quaker State 400.
Edwards also has previous victories on this track, winning a Nationwide Series event held there in 2005 and a Truck Series title back in 2003. Edwards also finished second to Logano at last season’s Meijer 300.
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