Toyota Owners 400 provides NASCAR with second straight short track race on FOX Saturday

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

By  Andrew Ryan

The short track portion of the NASCAR schedule continues this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, where 43 of the best drivers in the world will meet for the Toyota Owners 400.


Kevin Harvick +452
Joey Logano +603
Kurt Busch +704
Brad Keselowski +603
Jimmie Johnson +603
Matt Kenseth +1007
Jeff Gordon +1007
Denny Hamlin +1007
Dale Earnhardt Jr. +1209
Carl Edwards +1209
Kasey Kahne +1820
Kyle Larson +2024
Martin Truex Jr. +2538
Jamie McMurray +3054
Ryan Newman +4000
Tony Stewart +6000
Clint Bowyer +3707
David Ragan +6000
Field – Any Other Driver +1514

Not surprisingly, we've got another week on our hands without a clear favorite in a NASCAR event. There isn't a man who is even 4 to 1 to take the checkered flag, which is a testament to just how competitive and generally awesome these short track races are.

Five different drivers are lined at +603 or better, and as of Wednesday evening, we have seen bets placed all over the place for the Toyota Owners 400. The leading bet taker is Brad Keselowski at +603, while Chase leader, Kevin Harvick is just behind him with 10.2 percent of the wagers on his car.


2: The number of Top 10 finishes which Jimmie Johnson has in his last 10 races at Richmond International Raceway. Amazingly, Johnson has finished outside of the Top 30 twice in his last 10 races at RIR as well. For a man who you normally see as one of the most consistent performers on the track, Johnson has been as inconsistent as could be on this track.

383: The number of laps which Keselowski led last year here in the Toyota Owners 400. It was a truly dominant display by a man who has had a history of performing incredibly well on short tracks. He also led 100 laps in the last race of the year last season at Richmond International Raceway, which gave him a stunning 417 more laps led on this track in two races than any other driver. It's no wonder that he has garnered so much attention from bettors early on in the week.


"Richmond is a fun racetrack and obviously a good one for me. I'm looking forward to getting there and seeing what we've got for the ole girl. She can be a tough one, but we have some good momentum after Bristol." – Clint Bowyer, who sits a disappointing 17th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup heading into this week


Jeff Gordon: Gordon is set to retire at the end of this season, and he has had a good history of racing here at Richmond. He has five consecutive Top 10s in almost very quiet fashion, and though he hasn't managed to win any of those races, this could be his day. Gordon has spent a lot of time training on this short track in the offseason, and that could be key on Saturday night. Gordon also has over 1,600 laps led on this track in his career.

Ryan Newman: 40 to 1 is a great price on Newman, a man who has had a great history of running on this track. He has 11 Top 15 finishes in his last 12 starts at Richmond, and he ranks third in laps led in the Top 15 on this track over th course of the last three years. We're not sure if Newman really has any wins in him this year or not, but if he does, Richmond would be a good place for him to get one.

The NASCAR lines for this Saturday soiree will be first released at BookMaker. Wager on the biggest selection of NASCAR lines you'll find on the internet, or take advantage of winning while the action unfolds with BookMaker's live betting platform.

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