Having won the spring race at Richmond International Raceway in each of the last four years it's not a surprise that Kyle Busch is the favorite on the NASCAR betting lines at the sportsbooks to take the checkered flag in Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400.
At TopBet Busch opened as the +450 favorite to visit Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway in a Sprint Cup Series event yet again this weekend. Busch enters the race in seventh place in the current Cup standings, 54 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
Denny Hamlin is next at +600 odds at TopBet for Saturday's race, with Johnson and Matt Kenseth both at +700. Kenseth is coming off a win in last week's STP 400 at Kansas, while Johnson won the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville three weeks ago. Busch won the NRA 500 at Texas two weeks ago.
Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, and Brad Keselowski all sit at +1000 on the odds to win the Toyota Owners 400 this weekend, with Kahne in second place in the current Cup standings and Keselowski sitting in third place. Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all hold down +1200 odds.
Earnhardt Jr. finished second to Busch in the Capital City 400 at Richmond last April, with Tony Stewart ending up in third at that event. Stewart sits at +2000 odds for this week.
Odds to Win 2013 Toyota Owners 400 at TopBet:
Kyle Busch +450
Denny Hamlin +600
Matt Kenseth +700
Jimmie Johnson +700
Kasey Kahne +1,000
Brad Keselowski +1,000
Clint Bowyer +1,000
Carl Edwards +1,200
Jeff Gordon +1,200
Dale Earnhardt Jr +1,200
Kevin Harvick +1,200
Tony Stewart +2,000
Greg Biffle +2,500
Martin Truex Jr +2,500
Mark Martin +3,000
Ryan Newman +5,000
Joey Logano +5,000
Ricky Stenhouse +6,000
Kurt Busch +6,000
AJ Allmendinger +8,000
Danica Patrick +10,000
Jeff Burton +10,000
Arc Almirola +10,000
Jamie McMurray +10,000
Marcos Ambrose +10,000
Paul Menard +10,000
Juan Montoya +10,000
Field (Any Other Driver) +2,500
Kyle Busch is the three-time defending champion at the Sprint Cup Series' spring race at Richmond, and he's also the favorite on the NASCAR lines at the sportsbooks to get the win on the track again this week.
Busch, at 5/1 at to win on Saturday night, has just three Top-10 finishes and one Top-5 result so far in 2012, and a win at this weekend’s event could help him get his confidence back and challenge in more races as the season goes on.
Denny Hamlin became the second driver to win a pair of races this season with his victory in the STP 400 last week. Hamlin rolls into Richmond behind Kyle Busch at 6/1 odds - and with four Top-10 finishes this season he’s sure to get plenty of attention on the NASCAR betting lines for this race.
Jimmie Johnson has yet to take a run down Victory Lane this season, but his six Top-10 finishes in only eight races makes him a threat to win any week. Johnson is next on the list at 13/2 on the Capital City 400 betting lines at . Only four drivers have been inside the Top 10 on six occasions this year.
It’s been well over a decade since Jeff Gordon won this race, but he is listed at 8/1 odds and is one of the feared drivers on this course. Rounding out the top betting favorites for Richmond this week are Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick, who are both sitting at 9/1 odds.
Tony Stewart has won two races so far this season, and the defending Sprint Cup Series champion has three career race victories at Richmond International Raceway. Stewart is either boom or bust it seems, but he is certainly a favorite and likely a steal at 10/1 on the NASCAR betting lines.
Brad Keselowski has one win this season and comes in behind Stewart at 12/1 odds at . Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads a cluster of drivers at 15/1 odds and could be a force this weekend as a three-time champion at Richmond. Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, and Matt Kenseth are the other drivers at 15/1 odds; Kahne also has a win to his credit at Richmond.