The annual preseason event ahead of the first NASCAR race of the year, the Daytona 500, is right around the corner and is going to look vastly different than in prior years. Firstly, the Busch Light Clash will have a full field rather than being invite-only but more exciting is that the race will be held inside Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. For the Busch Light Clash odds, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. share the shortest odds to win.
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Busch Light Clash Odds
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has listed the Busch Light Clash betting odds with Hamlin and Truex favored at +600. They are followed closely by Chase Elliott at +650, Kyle Busch at +750 and Joey Logano at +750 to round out the top five drivers on the oddsboard.
If you’re uncertain what these odds mean, let me help. If you were to bet $100 on Hamlin or Truex to win and they did, then you would profit $600. You can learn more about NASCAR betting with our How to Bet NASCAR guide.
|Martin Truex Jr.||+600|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||+20000|
Odds as of February 4 courtesy of Sportsbook
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Our sports betting calculator can help you further understand the odds. There, we can see that Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex’s odds of +600 translate to an implied win probability of 14.29 percent.
Why Are Hamlin And Truex The Favorites?
The Clash will be taking place on Sunday, February 6, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This is the first race for NASCAR in a sports stadium since a race was held in 1956 at Soldier Field where the Chicago Bears play. The event is made up of four heat races, two semifinals and a final 150-lap feature race.
With this race at a brand-new track, which was built over the last few months inside a sporting stadium, you could really set anyone as the favorite. Looking at the track, which is a fairly flat quarter-mile course, it reminds me of Martinsville Speedway.
Truex has won three of the last five runnings at the “paperclip” and has seven top-five finishes over the last nine races there, so if the LA Coliseum races similarly, then it’s a no-brainer to have Truex as the favorite.
Similarly, Hamlin has five career wins at Martinsville and has led multiple laps in 24 of his 32 career starts at the track. He hasn’t won there since 2015 but has six top-five finishes in the last 13 runnings and led the most laps in the spring race last year.
The Busch Light Clash Betting Picks
One of the positive aspects of NASCAR visiting a new track – or, in this case, building one – is that there’s plenty of value to be found. Typically, a race favorite will have odds of around +200 but here we are looking at +600 as the shortest line. The negative aspect is we have no idea what’s going to happen. Additionally, this race will also mark the debut of a brand-new chassis for NASCAR. With that in mind, I will do my best to give three best bets for The Clash.
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Martin Truex Jr. +600: I mentioned Truex’s dominance at Martinsville recently and I think that style of driving is going to be very strong at the LA Coliseum. Truex is also a veteran who has been around for 16 years and should be able to handle the new cars quickly whereas newer drivers could struggle to adapt.
Chase Elliott +650: In two of the last three races at Martinsville, the 2020 champion led the most laps – 236 of 500 laps in the fall of 2020 and 289 of 501 in the fall race of 2021. Elliott won the race in 2020 en route to his championship and was the runner-up in the spring race of 2021. In the same vein as Truex, if this race is similar to Martinsville, Elliott is a good look at +650.
Brad Keselowski +1800: While this is my long-shot pick, I love the value on Brad Keselowski with his new team RFK (not Robert F. Kennedy – Keselowski became a part-owner along with Rousch Fenway in forming RFK). Brad has two wins at Martinsville and has found himself in the top five in 10 of the last 12 runnings there. What better way to introduce yourself to the new team than grabbing the checkered flag.