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NASCAR Betting – Roush looks to continue spring dominance in California

Written by Matt Stevens   
Friday, 19 February 2010 07:31

NASCAR Betting OddsUS sportsbook odds (US sportsbook reviews) are banking on a battle between Hendrick Motorsports and Roush-Fenway Racing for Sunday’s Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Hendrick is known to have the best stable of racers in NASCAR, but Roush-Fenway has won five spring races in a row at Fontana.

Auto Club 500 Odds – Sunday, February 21, 2:00 PM ET

Jimmie Johnson (+450) and Mark Martin (+750) are the favorites this week, with Jeff Gordon (+800) not far behind in this trio of Hendrick drivers. Johnson has won the fall race here three straight years and his 4.6 finishing average in eight spring races is the best among active drivers, but his only win in the spring race came back in 2002. Gordon and Martin won the first three spring races at Fontanta, and Gordon finished second in this race last year.

Defending champion Matt Kenseth (+1500) isn’t even the highest-rated Roush-Fenway driver, even though he has won this race three times. Greg Biffle (+1000) and Carl Edwards (+1000) won this race in 2005 and 2008, respectively, and both finished in the top seven last year.

Kenseth has an 8.7 finishing average in 10 spring races at Fontana, and all three finished in the top nine at Daytona last week.

Kyle Busch (+900) and Denny Hamlin (+1200) will fly the flag for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Busch has four top-10s in five spring races, including a third-place run in this event last year. Hamlin finished sixth, his first top-10 in four spring races at Fontana. Neither driver finished in the top 10 at Daytona last week, but sportsbook players should know that racing at the plate tracks, Daytona and Talladega, is a crapshoot and shouldn’t factor into this week’s picks.

If you’re looking for a darkhorse that offers decent value, check out Clint Bowyer (+1800) and Jamie McMurray (+2800). Even though restrictor-plate racing is a whole different ball game, last week’s results for these two may have helped their confidence. Bowyer has a 14.5 finishing average in four spring races, and he ran fourth last week at Dayton. Meanwhile, McMurray, in his first race back with Chip Ganassi after leaving Roush-Fenway, held off a hard-charging Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Daytona 500.

This is the best place for Carl Edwards to break his slide after a disappointing 2009 season. Sure, he made the Chase, but the No.99 driver had nine wins in 2008, and to go through a full year with none is just inexcusable. Roush-Fenway has said they’ve improved their intermediate program, and this is the perfect place for them to flex their muscle.

Free sports betting pick: Carl Edwards

 
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