Jimmie Johnson ran away from the other drivers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in last season’s race, claiming Victory Lane by nearly two seconds over runner-up Kevin Harvick. Johnson is the early favorite at +450 over at Sportsbook.ag for this Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400.
It might be another week of unexpected heroics on the NASCAR racing circuit with an underdog driver coming through in the end. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a 95-race winless skid, and if the trend of surprise winners keeps up taking him at +4000 in the Kobalt Tools 400 odds could prove to be profitable.
Kyle Busch is at +600 to win at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Kurt Busch is close behind with Sportsbook.ag listing him at +1200 to take the checkered flag. Either is a good bet, and both finished inside the Top 10 in their races thus far.
Tony Stewart is sometimes known for his antics outside the driver’s seat, but he is always a threat on the NASCAR betting lines. Stewart has had two solid races and at +1000 could be a real threat to win and provide a tidy payout.
A.J. Allmendinger is sitting 11 points out of top spot occupied by Kyle Busch in the standings, and he could be a big payoff at +6000 in the Kobalt Tools 400 odds. Harvick does well on the Vegas track and can’t be written off as a contender at +1200.
Picking drivers to finish inside the Top 3 can lead to some profitable payouts in NASCAR betting. In Top 3 betting for the Kobalt Tools 400 at Sportsbook.ag it seems that within NASCAR betting circles that Johnson at +130 and Kyle Busch at +180 are locks in this category.
Jeff Gordon, last week’s unexpected race winner in Phoenix, is lurking higher in the odds for a Top 3 position for this race, coming in at +200 for another strong performance.
Others to consider in this NASCAR betting category are Daytona 500 runner-up Carl Edwards – who is paying +240 – while Kurt Busch and Harvick are listed at +350 for a finish inside the Top 3. Ryan Newman was fifth last week in Phoenix and could be a good underdog bet here at +900.
One of the interesting lines in the driver matchups betting category has Bobby Labonte as a +115 underdog against Regan Smith, who finished behind Labonte in both NASCAR races this season. Tony Stewart topped Denny Hamlin in the two races thus far, and is a good underdog wager in driver matchups betting at EVEN odds.