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Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Odds

Denny Hamlin raced to victory in last year’s version of the Goody’s Fast Relief 500, and he arrives at the Martinsville Speedway as the early favorite at +300 (3/1 odds) for a repeat in 2011 when the drivers take to the track on Sunday.

Hamlin currently sits in 21st place in the NASCAR standings, and with only one Top 10 finish thus far he is due for a breakout race  - and Martinsville is his home turf. He loves this track, winning the last three races there and four of the past six.

The NASCAR betting lines favor Hamlin because of his record, but other drivers will likely get more attention from NASCAR bettors. Jimmie Johnson (+450 at Sportsbook.ag) came in second last weekend and has three Top-5 finishes, creeping into fifth overall in the standings.

Kevin Harvick (+800) showed why he was a Sprint Cup Series contender this season to dethrone defending-champ Johnson when he stormed to Victory Lane in the final lap to take the checkered flag at the Auto Club 400 in Fontana last weekend. Harvick also took the pole at last year’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500.

Joey Logano was runner-up here last year, and he could be the best darkhorse on the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 betting lines at +3000 (30/1 odds at Sportsbook.ag). Current Sprint Cup Series leader Carl Edwards comes in as a middle-of-the-pack betting option at +1200.

The only other winners aside from Hamlin and Johnson since 2005 at Martinsville have been Tony Stewart (+1000) and Jeff Gordon, who comes into this race at +800 on the NASCAR betting lines. The field is at +30000 (300/1 odds).

Denny Hamlin is once again the odds-on favorite at -110 according to Sportsbook.ag for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Top-3 betting lines. The favorites all the way down the line don’t change much in Top-3 betting, with Johnson at +120 as the second driver most likely to grab a podium spot.

Harvick, Gordon, and Kyle Busch form a cluster of drivers who are at +250 for a Top-3 finish on the NASCAR betting lines. Surprisingly, second-place driver in the overall standings Ryan Newman is only at +750 for a Top-3 finish. Newman could be a good sleeper pick with three Top-5 finishes thus far this season.

Hamlin and Johnson will be an interesting line to watch in head-to-head driver matchups. Hamlin is a fairly big favorite at -145 to cross ahead of Johnson, who has been the much more consistent driver in the early going in NASCAR betting.