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Location: Chicagoland Speedway
NASCAR Betting Odds: The Geico 400 is on its way to televisions and NASCAR wagering online near you, as the top drivers in the Sprint Cup Series descend upon Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL for the first race of the Sprint Cup Chase. All the hard work these drivers have put into the season starts to matter here, at the start of NASCAR's version of the playoffs. With a Sprint Cup officially on the line starting here at the Geico 400, expect those drivers that qualified for the Chase to come into this ready to put their names high up on the leaderboard from the very start.
The Geico 400 is a key race for Chase drivers, as last year's winner, Brad Keselowski, began his winning run with a victory at this very event. Keselowski just barely beat out Tony Stewart's winning time from the year before, clocking in at four second better and a mere 0.06 miles per hour faster on average.
Just as last year's eventual Sprint Cup champion set the tone for his dominance in the first race of the Chase, so too will the one driver from the select few who qualified for the Chase. Do not be surprised to see the winner of this race go on to take home the entire Sprint Cup.
All the action can be caught live on ESPN at 2:00 PM ET on Sunday, September 15, meaning you have some time to get ahead of the research curve on this wager. You know that with the Chase starting here, there will be plenty more players at BookMaker's live lines, so head there now to check in on the futures, odds and spreads and beat all those bandwagon bettors who look to take advantage of the time of year.
How to bet on Nascar GEICO 400
The odds of a driver to win the GEICO 400 will generally look something like:
- Jeff Gordon + 200
- Mark Martin + 250
- Jeff Burton + 300
- Bill Elliott + 700
- Robby Gordon + 700
- Field + 500
These betting odds will be lower when betting on a driver to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.
A player would have to bet $10 to win $20 that Jeff Gordon will win the GEICO 400, while the bettor wagering on Bill Elliott stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.
Another commonly placed bet in NASCAR is head-to-head finish between two drivers. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the driver finishes in, as long as the driver finishes higher than the other driver.
A head-to-head betting line for the GEICO 400 will look something like:
- Mark Martin - 130 Jeff Burton + 110
In this bet, players wagering on Martin to finish higher than Burton will be asked to risk $13 to win $10, while bettors believing that Burton will finish higher than Martin will bet $10 to win $11.
Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to NASCAR wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of NASCAR betting without too much hassle.
2013 Geico 400 Winner - Matt Kenseth wins at Chicagoland Speedway
Matt Kenseth, the top seed in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, added to his advantage in Sunday's rain-interrupted GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
With a strong push from Kevin Harvick after a restart with on Lap 245 of 267, Kenseth pulled away to beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to the checkered flag and deny Busch the second three-series weekend sweep of his career.
The victory was Kenseth's sixth of the season, tops in the Cup series. The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota claimed his first win at Chicagoland and the 30th of his career.
Harvick came home third, followed by Kurt Busch. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon both overcame considerable adversity to finish fifth and sixth, respectively, as Chase drivers claimed the top six spots in the finishing order and 10 of the first 12.
Other championship contenders weren't so lucky. Pole winner Joey Logano brought his car to pit road under caution with engine issues on Lap 149 of 267. After Lap 175, the engine gave up the ghost, and Logano retired in 37th place.
2012 Geico 400 Winner - Keselowski passes Johnson to win Chase opener
Brad Keselowski and Penske Racing met the “gold standard” in NASCAR on Sunday. To win a championship, however, they will have to exceed it.
It’s what Keselowski and team owner Roger Penske have dearly wanted: To come out on top in a head-to-head battle with Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team for a NASCAR race victory.
Keselowski did just that Sunday using a fast late-race pit stop under green-flag conditions to overtake Johnson and then held him off for the win in the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
The win not only gave Keselowski his first Sprint Cup Series win in the Chase for the Cup but also vaulted him into the series points lead for the first time in his career.
After Sunday’s race, Penske repeatedly referred to Hendrick Motorsports as the “gold standard” in NASCAR of late.
There is certainly plenty of evidence to back that claim, including Johnson’s NASCAR-record five consecutive Cup titles from 2006 to 2011.
Keselowski qualified for the Chase for the first time last season and finished a surprising fifth in the standings, but failed to post a win in the final 10 races.
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