Kobalt 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/6/16
Kobalt 400: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Las Vegas Motor Speedway)
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We’ve started the NASCAR season with back-to-back winners, as Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson were included on our dark horse article. So, let’s try to make it three straight winners. This week we head to Las Vegas for the Kobalt 400, one of the younger races on the season.
Here are some of the racers to consider putting on your card this week.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Time to jump back on the Dale Earnhardt Jr. bandwagon after he finished second last week in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Actually, Earnhardt was going to make this week’s list regardless, as he has five straight top-10 finishes at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That includes a second-place finish in the 2014 Kobalt 400 and a fourth-place finish last season. Earnhardt continues to be one of the more consistent racers and with his history on this track, you have to have him on your card.
Kevin Harvick - Speaking of consistency, Kevin Harvick has finished no worse than sixth-place in his last five racers. Harvick finished fourth in the Daytona 500 and sixth in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Overall, Harvick has finished eighth or better in eight of his last 10 Sprint Cup races. Sounds good, eh? Oh, Harvick is also the defending champ at the Kobalt 400 and was also runner-up in 2010. I think it’s safe to say Harvick is a must play this week in the City of Sin.
Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson made us some money last week, so it’s only right to throw him a bone once again. Well, it also helps that Johnson has won the Kobalt 400 four times, more than any other racer in the history of the track. In fact, Johnson won this race three straight times from 2005-07. Johnson’s other win at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway came in 2010. With Johnson also finishing in the top-10 in four of his last five Sprint Cup races overall, he’s another guy you’d be a fool not to have on your card.
Carl Edwards - Carl Edwards has gotten off to a solid start this season with back-to-back fifth place finishes. Edwards has now finished 12th or better in eight of his last nine Sprint Cup races. Now, as far as this track, Edwards won the Kobalt 400 in 2011, and he had three straight top-five finishes from 2012-14. Take away last year’s hiccup in which he finished 42nd, and Edwards has finished 12th or better in his last five appearances at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There’s a good chance Edwards leaves Las Vegas with his third win since 2015.
Joey Logano - Joey Logano has finished no worse than 12th place in 15 of his last 17 Sprint Cup races. In five of his seven appearances at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Logano has finished 12th or better as well. That includes a fourth place finish in the 2014 Kobalt 400 and a 10th place finish last year. When you add the fact Logano has won three of the last nine Sprint Cup races overall, this may be a good time to back the 25-year-old.