Kyle Busch sits sixth overall in the NASCAR driver standings, but he could catapult himself up the ladder with a win in the Crown Royal 400 on April 30 in Virginia.
Busch is the two-time defending champion of the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway, and could be a good betting favorite for a three-peat in this year’s race. In addition to last year’s victory, Busch won the Nationwide Series race that weekend.
Jeff Gordon was denied another chance at Victory Lane with a late-race pass by Busch last season, while Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, and Ryan Newman followed behind.
Denny Hamlin will be heavily wagered on for this race, having won the fall race last season at Richmond International Raceway. Joe Gibbs Racing has swept this track the past two seasons.
Kevin Harvick won at Richmond back in 2006, and he is off to the best start of his NASCAR career. Harvick will garner lots of attention from bettors on the Crown Royal 400 odds menu.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has three Cup wins at Richmond International Raceway, and after coming close in 2008 you can bet he’s hungry to get to the top of the podium here again.
Sprint Cup Series standings leader Carl Edwards is the only NASCAR driver with six Top-10 finishes on the season, and he should be a serious contender to win at Richmond. Edwards will get a ton of action on the NASCAR betting lines.
Sprint Cup Series defending champion Jimmie Johnson is getting on track, winning his first race of the season (the Aaron's 499) on April 17 at Talladega Superspeedway. Johnson is now second in the driver standings, and he took this race back in 2007. Expect Johnson to be one of the favorites on the Crown Royal 400 NASCAR betting lines.
Clint Bowyer could see plenty of support from bettors on the Crown Royal 400 betting lines. Bowyer sits inside the Chase and did take the 2008 race, the last time anyone besides Kyle Busch took the checkered flag in this event.
Jeff Burton is one of the most revered drivers on his home track in Virginia, and despite his weak start to the 2011 season he could be a good darkhorse bet to win it all. Burton, after all, is the leader in laps led at this track.
Watch for qualifying times as the winner has come from within the top seven on the grid the majority of time in the last decade. That could help in narrowing the search for a betting favorite in the race for the Crown Royal 400 victory.