No clear favorite should make for great race in Sunday's Food City 500 on FOX

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

By  Andrew Ryan
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Bettors from all around the world are lining up every week from February through November to bet on NASCAR. If you're betting on the NASCAR odds, it only makes sense to be cashing your tickets with us at BookMaker Sportsbook! Bet on the Food City 500 on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1 p.m. ET at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Coverage for this thrilling event can be found on FOX.

There isn't a single driver who is better than +450 this weekend at the Food City 500. That should make the racing action tight at Bristol Motor Speedway, one of the most unpredictable tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

ODDS ANALYSIS

Brad Keselowski +500

Kevin Harvick +450

Joey Logano +600

Kurt Busch +600

Jimmie Johnson +800

Matt Kenseth +800

Carl Edwards +1202

Jeff Gordon +1202

Denny Hamlin +1001

Dale Earnhardt Jr. +1202

Kyle Larson +2207

Kasey Kahne +2178

Martin Truex Jr. +2276

Ryan Newman +4000

Jamie McMurray +3883

David Ragan +3014

Clint Bowyer +5758

Tony Stewart +4000

Field (Any Other Driver) +2005

Immediately, it's easy to see that this is going to be a really tough race to handicap. Kevin Harvick is the favorite at +450, but he wasn't the opening favorite. Brad Keselowski, a man who has had all sorts of good fortune on short tracks in his career, was the opening favorite at +450, but he has since moved up to +500. Six different drivers at +800 or better, which is the sign that even the oddsmakers have no clue what is going to happen in this race.

KEY STAT

125: The amount of horsepower that NASCAR has taken out of the cars leading into this race. If the opening short-track race of the season at Martinsville was any indication, there really aren't going to be a lot of passing opportunities, which should make qualifying and pit strategy two of the key components of this race. Drivers are going to really have to be experienced and patient, knowing when to and when not to take chances, and there will be fewer opportunities for those passes thanks to the decreased horsepower.

QUOTE TO NOTE

"To have a good race car at Bristol, you need to have your car turning well and have rear grip, so it's not much different from other tracks honestly. At Bristol though, you need to be fast on the top and still be reasonable enough on the bottom where you can make passes. I think it's going to be tougher to pass at Bristol this year with less power, so you're going to need to be handling really well, and cars will need to be exceptional to make passes on the bottom lane." – Matt Kenseth on the upcoming race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway

DRIVERS TO WATCH

Joey Logano: The Penske driver has led 228 laps in his last six trips to Bristol Motor Speedway, and he has two Top 5 finishes in his last three trips to this track. He won the last race here last year, the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol. Furthermore, Logano led 100 laps and won the pole at Martinsville earlier this season, and we are willing to put a lot of stock in that result.

Carl Edwards: Edwards has a nice price on his head in this race at +1202. He had a slow start to the season, but he did log a Top 10 finish at Texas Motor Speedway last week and should be in for another good run at Bristol. His history is good on this half-mile oval, winning at Bristol three times, including winning the Food City 500 last season. He has nine Top 10 finishes in 21 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr.: It's tough to not consider any of the top favorites in this race, and we would want to get off of the Truex bandwagon right away if he doesn't qualify well for the Food City 500. However, he has been one of the most consistent racers in the sport this year in somewhat surprising fashion. Could Truex be this year's version of Brad Keselowski? He has finished in the Top 10 in all seven races so far this year.

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