<![CDATA[NASCAR RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[New Hampshire 301: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/17/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/07/17/new-hampshire-301-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head to Loudon this weekend for the New Hampshire 301, a race that debuted in 1993 and is a little over 318 miles long.  We’re getting closer and closer to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, so it’s show and prove time for everybody in the standings.

Here are some racers to consider for the 2016 New Hampshire 301.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t had his best season and has finished outside of the top-10 in four straight races. However, Earnhardt has four top-10 finishes in his last five…

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We head to Loudon this weekend for the New Hampshire 301, a race that debuted in 1993 and is a little over 318 miles long.  We’re getting closer and closer to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, so it’s show and prove time for everybody in the standings.

Here are some racers to consider for the 2016 New Hampshire 301.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t had his best season and has finished outside of the top-10 in four straight races. However, Earnhardt has four top-10 finishes in his last five appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which includes a fifth place finish in last years 5-hour Energy 301. It’s only a matter of time before Earnhardt gets back on track, and it might as well come on a track he’s very familiar with and has had success at throughout his career.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski looks to win his third straight race, and he has a solid chance given his history in New Hampshire. Keselowski has finished no worse than 12th in his last nine appearances at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and that includes a victory in the 2014 Camping World RV Sales 301 and a runner-up finish in last year's 5-hour Energy 301. Keselowski should be on your card anyway given his current hot streak, but his history on his track makes him that stronger of a play this week.

Jamie McMurray - Jamie McMurray is coming off a solid seventh place finish last week and has two top-10 finishes in his last four races. McMurray is probably in his best form all season, which is why he’s worth a look this week. In five of his last six races at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, McMurray has finished 16th or better, which includes a fourth and fifth place finish in the 2014 and 2013 Sylvania 300. It’s been awhile since McMurray has won a Sprint Cup race, but i like his form and his recent history on this track.

Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin has been hit or miss since winning the Daytona 500, but he’s bound to be a hit after some rocky finishes the last couple of weeks. There’s probably nobody who enjoys the New Hampshire Motor Speedway more than Hamlin, who has a top-10 finish in seven of his last 13 appearances, which includes a runner-up finish in last years Sylvania 300 and a victory in the 2012 Sylvania 300. Hamlin holds the track record with an average finish of 8.9.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson continues to hold his own and now has 32 top-10 finishes in just three full seasons of Sprint Cup racing. Larson has yet to get his first victory, but he is returning to a track where he’s done well in the past. In just four races at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Larson has finished third or better in two of those contests. Larson also has a respectable finish in last years Sylvania 300. Larson has been about as consistent as you can find and victory lane isn't too far behind for the 23-year-old. I’ll take a shot here given his success in such a short span.

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Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:39:28 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=50757
<![CDATA[Toyota/Save Mart 350: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/2616]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/06/26/toyota/save-mart-350-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses-6/2616#comments After a week off, we now head to California for the 2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350, a track that is very unique and can frustrate drivers at times. Even with the odd track, six drivers have won this race at least twice, with Jeff Gordon leading the way with five victories.

It should be a fun event with all the twists and turns.

Here are a few drivers to consider having on your card for the 2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Joey Logano - Why not ride the hot hand after Joey Logano…

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After a week off, we now head to California for the 2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350, a track that is very unique and can frustrate drivers at times. Even with the odd track, six drivers have won this race at least twice, with Jeff Gordon leading the way with five victories.

It should be a fun event with all the twists and turns.

Here are a few drivers to consider having on your card for the 2016 Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Joey Logano - Why not ride the hot hand after Joey Logano picked up his first victory in quite some time at the FireKeepers Casino 400. Logano has to be confident with the victory and the fact he’s finished ninth or better in his last three races. As for this course, Logano finished fifth in last years Toyota/Save Mart 350 and has finished no worse than 16th in his last five races at the Sonoma Raceway. We saw last year that Logano knows how to string wins together once he gets going. He has to be on your card this week.

Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch has been very consistent this season with nine straight top-10 finishes, which includes a recent victory at the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400. Busch won this course back in 2011 and was runner-up in last years Toyota/Save Mart 350. In fact, Bush has finished fourth or better in four of his last five races at the Sonoma Raceway. Busch is as safe as a bet you can get the week.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson is still looking for his first Sprint Cup victory at just 23 years old, and he seems to getting closer and closer to victory lane. Larson was runner-up at the AAA 400 Drive for Autism and finished third FireKeepers Casino 400. Larson has been pretty consistent as of late and did have a solid 15th place finish last year in just is second try on the Sonoma Raceway. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before Larson wins a race. Why not this week?

Ryan Blaney - Speaking of consistency, Ryan Blaney has racked up top-10 finishes in four of his last six races and was in the middle of the pack for majority of the FireKeepers Casino 400. Blaney is clearly starting to find his rhythm in his first full season and is doing a lot more than just showing up as he’s currently 16th in the Drivers' Championship. It may be a bit much to ask him to win on his first appearance at the Sonoma Raceway, but there’s no doubt Blaney is in great form right now.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson won this race back in 2010 and has finished no worse than ninth in his last seven appearances at the Sonoma Raceway. Johnson has kinda fallen off a bit after such a hot start to the 2016 season, but there's no doubt it’s only a matter of time before he gets back on track. Johnson usually performs well in California and has a long history of owning this race track. Johnson is a strong play this week give his string of top-10 finishes.

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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:29:05 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=49176
<![CDATA[AAA 400 Drive for Autism: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/15/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/05/15/aaa-400-drive-for-autism-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We look to stay red hot with our Nascar Sprint Cup picks this week as we head to Dover for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. A race that began in 1969, this event has produced 11 multiple winners and Chevrolet has won this race four straight years.

So, let’s get into it, shall we?

Here are some drivers to consider this week for the 2016 AAA 400 Drive for Autism.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson has become the king of Dover recently, as he’s won this event in three of the…

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We look to stay red hot with our Nascar Sprint Cup picks this week as we head to Dover for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. A race that began in 1969, this event has produced 11 multiple winners and Chevrolet has won this race four straight years.

So, let’s get into it, shall we?

Here are some drivers to consider this week for the 2016 AAA 400 Drive for Autism.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson has become the king of Dover recently, as he’s won this event in three of the last four years and is tied with Bobby Allison for the most victories with five overall. Overall, Johnson has finished fourth or better in seven of his last nine races at the Dover International Speedway. There simply may not be a driver who dominates a track the way Johnson does Dover. Johnson has to be on your card this week.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson was in the running last week in Kansas before he wrecked and finished 35th. Larson has given us moments this season and looks like a driver who isn’t that far off from his first Sprint Cup victory. Why not Dover? In four races at the Dover International Speedway, Larson has finished 11th or better, which includes a third place finish at the 2015 FedEx 400 and a ninth place finish at the 2015 AAA 400. Larson has shown enough consistency on this track in a limited time to deserve being put on your card for a chance to cash big.

Kasey Kahne - Kasey Kahne has been flying under the radar recently with a finish of 17th or better in four of his last five races. Kahne has done a fine job of holding his own this season and staying above the middle of the pack. In the two races at Dover last season, Kahne finished sixth or better which were easily his bright spots in a brutal year overall. Kahne has four top-10 finishes at the Dover International Speedway since 2011. Kahne hasn’t won a race in a while, but he’s in decent form heading into this week and has a respectable history on this track to be worthy of a flyer.

Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick was a runner-up last week at the Go Bowling 400 and has now finished in the top-10 in four of his last five races. In Dover, Harvick won one of the two races and finished second in the other. In fact, Harvick has finished eighth or better in four of his last six races at the Dover International Speedway. Last year, Harvick led 355 of the 400 laps in his victory at the 2015 AAA 400. Like Johnson, Harvick is a must play this week.

Tony Stewart - How can you not be impressed with what Tony Stewart has done in three races, as he’s finished 12th or better in last two tries. Stewart is clearly chipping away the rust and should be ready to compete for victories in no time. Well, Stewart’s last victory was in 2013 at Dover, and he’s finished 16th or better in eight of his last 14 races on this track. Stewart is also one of the many who has won this track twice, as his other victory came in 2000. You have to like Stewart’s current form after missing so much time to start the season.

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Tue, 10 May 2016 14:47:13 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=45672
<![CDATA[Go Bowling 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/7/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/05/07/go-bowling-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments After picking yet another Nascar winner last week, we head to Kansas City for the Go Bowling 400. A race that began in 2011, there’s been a different winner each year so there’s certainly value out there.

Let’s try to stay hot and find yet another winner on the race track.

Here are some drivers to consider for your card this week at the Go Bowling 400.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson has made us some money already this season, and he’s a solid bet to play again this week.…

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After picking yet another Nascar winner last week, we head to Kansas City for the Go Bowling 400. A race that began in 2011, there’s been a different winner each year so there’s certainly value out there.

Let’s try to stay hot and find yet another winner on the race track.

Here are some drivers to consider for your card this week at the Go Bowling 400.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson has made us some money already this season, and he’s a solid bet to play again this week. Johnson won the Go Bowling 400 last season and has finished ninth or better in 13 of his last 14 appearances at the Kansas Speedway. Johnson simply gives himself a chance to win every time he races in Kansas and with two wins already under his belt this season, he’s a must play yet again this week.

Austin Dillon - Austin Dillon is getting closer and closer to his first Sprint Cup victory, which includes a third place finish last week at the GEICO 500. Dillon now has five top-10 finishes this season and has clearly found his footing in his third full season on the race track. In five races at the Kansas Speedway, Dillon has finished 22nd or better three times, which includes an eighth place finish at the 2014 Hollywood Casino 400. You have to like Dillon’s current form and think he’s going to taste victory lane sooner than later. I’ll take a shot this week with the 26-year-old.

Aric Almirola - If you’re looking for a big boy dark horse this week, go ahead and play Aric Almirola. Almirola really hasn’t even come close to a victory this season despite three straight top-20 finishes to start the year. However, Almirola really likes the Kansas Speedway, as he’s finished 11th or better in four of his last six appearances, which includes an eighth place finish at the 2014 5-hour Energy 400. There’s been little reason to back Almirola this season, but given his impressive history on this track, I say take a shot in the dark with what should be insane odds.

Carl Edwards - Speaking of a guy who really likes Kansas, Carl Edwards always shows up on this track. Edwards has 10 top-10 finishes in his last 13 appearances at the Kansas Speedway. Edwards has finished eighth or better in four of his last five appearances. Add Edward’s form to the mix with him winning two of the last three races overall, and he’s another guy you must include on your card if you’re a fan of money.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - I keep saying I’m going to include Dale Earnhardt Jr. on my card until he finally wins a race. That may not be a great idea given the disaster last week at the GEICO 500 and the fact he’s finished outside the top-10 in four of his last six races. Still, Earnhardt is Earnhardt, and he has five top-10 finishes in his last nine appearances at the Kansas Speedway. Earnhardt also finished third in last year’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400. It’s only a matter of time before Earnhardt wins a race this season. Don’t be the guy to not have him on your card when he gets the job done.

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Mon, 02 May 2016 21:35:20 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=44964
<![CDATA[GEICO 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/1/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/05/01/geico-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments This week we head to Talladega for the GEICO 500, a race that is known for multiple wrecks and multiple winners. Jeff Gordon leads this race with four victories, a feat he accomplished in just seven years.

Let’s try to avoid the carnage and pick yet another Nascar winner.

Here are some racers to consider putting onto your card this week.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has three victories at the Talladega Superspeedway, which includes a 2009 and 2012 win at the GEICO…

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This week we head to Talladega for the GEICO 500, a race that is known for multiple wrecks and multiple winners. Jeff Gordon leads this race with four victories, a feat he accomplished in just seven years.

Let’s try to avoid the carnage and pick yet another Nascar winner.

Here are some racers to consider putting onto your card this week.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has three victories at the Talladega Superspeedway, which includes a 2009 and 2012 win at the GEICO 500. Keselowski has had more recent success in the fall race on this track, but he’s still finished 15th or better in six of his last nine appearances in Talladega. In fact, Keselowski’s first Sprint Cup victory came on this very tack back in 2009. Keselowski has been a middle of the pack driver the past couple of weeks but there’s no denying his history here. I’ll take a shot for the 32-year-old to win his second race of the 2016 season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Speaking of success on this track, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not only the defending champion at the GEICO 500, but he’s finished runner-up or better in three of his last five appearances at the Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt has won in Talladega six times over the course of his career. Earnhardt is somebody to have on your card every week until he gets that first victory, as he’s placed in the top-10 in five of the first nine races. Victory lane isn’t far behind and given his success on this track, Earnhardt has to be the overall favorite this week.

Paul Menard - I’m going to include Paul Menard on the card this week after giving him a break the past couple of weeks. Menard hasn’t finished better than 15th the last three weeks, but there’s no denying his car runs very well in Talladega. In four of his last five appearances at the Talladega Superspeedway, Menard has finished sixth or better, including a third-place finish in last year’s GEICO 500. Take it back a little further, and Menard has finished 17th or better in eight of his last 11 appearances at Talladega. Yes, Menard doesn’t have a ton of overall Sprint Cup success, but you always have to consider giving him a look when he races in Alabama.

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth is coming off a solid performance last week in Richmond and hopes to build on that after a shaky start to the 2016 season. Kenseth has four top-10 finishes in his last eight appearances at the Talladega Superspeedway. That includes a victory in the 2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500. Kenseth has become a regular of sniffing victory lane when the race is in Talladega, and we all know he could use a victory this week to kind of get his season back on track. I like Kenseth to have another impressive showing this week, which is why he’ll be on my card.

Aric Almirola - Aric Almirola hasn’t shown us much this season to consider him for a victory, but it’s what he’s shown when he races on this track that makes him the big sleeper this week. Almirola finished 15th and 16th in his two races here last season and has finished 16th or better in four of his last six appearances in Talladega overall. That includes a top-10 finish in the 2013 Aaron's 499. It’s been awhile since Almirola has really come close to getting a victory in Sprint Cup, but if you’re looking for a real dark horse this weekend, Almirola and his consistency on this track make him a solid play.

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:57:02 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=44379
<![CDATA[Toyota Owners 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/24/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/04/24/toyota-owners-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head to Virginia this week for the 300 mile race at the Toyota Owners 400. A race Richard Petty won a record six times, this is one of those tracks that runs very well and usually has a quick finish. You guys know the deal, let’s list some racers to include on your card this week.

Here are some drivers to consider for the 2016 Toyota Owners 400.

Joey Logano - I feel like I include Joey Logano in every article, but it’s hard to argue with him on this track. Logano not only won the pole in both races…

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We head to Virginia this week for the 300 mile race at the Toyota Owners 400. A race Richard Petty won a record six times, this is one of those tracks that runs very well and usually has a quick finish. You guys know the deal, let’s list some racers to include on your card this week.

Here are some drivers to consider for the 2016 Toyota Owners 400.

Joey Logano - I feel like I include Joey Logano in every article, but it’s hard to argue with him on this track. Logano not only won the pole in both races here last season, but he’s also finished no worse than sixth in his last four races at the Richmond International Raceway. Logano also won the Toyota Owners 400 in 2014. Logano has been racing very well this season overall and could be due for his first victory of the season.

Jamie McMurray - Jamie McMurray has been creeping around the top-10 rather consistently the last few weeks and now heads to a track he enjoys. McMurray has finished fourth in three of his last five appearances at the Richmond International Raceway and was seventh in the 2009 Crown Royal 400. McMurray may not win often in Sprint Cup, but he’s come awfully close several times in Richmond. I’ll take a chance on this dark horse.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson has a limited history of racing in Richmond but has finished no worse than 16th in four appearances. That’s not too shabby. Larson is also running well this season overall, placing 14th or better in three of his last five races. I really like what I see from Larson in just his third full season of Sprint Cup, and I don’t think it’s long before he wins his first race. I’ll take another shot in the dark this week with the 23-year-old.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. has finished runner-up the last two weeks, which means he’s due for his first win of the season. I won’t be the guy to not have Earnhardt on my card when he enters victory lane. As for this track, Earnhardt did finish fifth in the fall race at the Richmond International Raceway and has finished no worse than 14th in his last eight races here overall. Earnhardt is also tied with his father with three victories in this particular race. A win this season is coming.

Ryan Newman - Ryan Newman has had a pretty consistent season so far and now returns to a track that’s brought him a lot of success. Newman has finished 11th or better in 10 of his last 14 races in Richmond, which includes a third place finish in the 2013 Federated Auto Parts 400. Newman is driving a solid car this year and hasn’t won a Sprint Cup race since 2013. There’s a chance that streak finally comes to an end this week.

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 01:55:16 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=43668
<![CDATA[Food City 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/17/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/04/17/food-city-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments After an interesting Duck Commander 500, we head to Bristol this week for the Food City 500. This is a popular track among racers, and six drivers have won this race at least four times. Legend Rusty Wallace leads the way by winning this race six times.

Anyway, remember that we have picked the winner in five of the seven first Nascar races.

Here are some drivers to include on your card this week.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch has won back-to-back races and…

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After an interesting Duck Commander 500, we head to Bristol this week for the Food City 500. This is a popular track among racers, and six drivers have won this race at least four times. Legend Rusty Wallace leads the way by winning this race six times.

Anyway, remember that we have picked the winner in five of the seven first Nascar races.

Here are some drivers to include on your card this week.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch has won back-to-back races and has now placed in the top-five in 10 of his last 11 races. Busch is simply dominating Sprint Cup right now and has finished no worse than 11th place in 12 of his last 13 races. Also, Busch has won the Food City 500 three times with the most recent being in 2011. At this point you’d be a fool not to have Busch on your card every week. Busch has a great shot to become the fourth driver to win this race exactly four times.

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth hasn’t been great this season, but he is the defending champion at the Food City 500. In fact, Kenseth has finished third or better in three of his last five races in Bristol and has led over 500 laps on this track since joining Joe Gibbs Racing. Sure, Kenseth has just one top-10 finish this season, but there’s doubting his success at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Give the 44-year-old a shot this weekend.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano hasn’t had much success in this particular race, but he is the back-to-back defending champion in the fall race in Bristol. Logano usually does well on this track and does have three top-20 finishes in his last four appearances at the Food City 500. You also can’t deny his current form, as Logano has four top-five finishes already this season, including a third place finish last week in Fort Worth. It wouldn’t be shocking at all if Logano gets his first victory of 2016.

Kyle Larson - If you’re looking for a real dark horse, try your hand with the 23-year-old Kyle Larson. Larson finished seventh in last year’s Food City 500, and he has three top-12 finishes in four appearances at the Bristol Motor Speedway overall. Larson clearly enjoys this track as it's included some of his better performances of his young career. Add in the fact Larson does have a top-14 finish in three of his last four races, and there’s a decent chance we see the California kid pick up his first Sprint Cup victory.

Kasey Kahne - Another long shot this week will be Kasey Kahne. Kahne is coming off his best performance of the season with an eighth spot in the Duck Commander. Kahne also won the Food City 500 back in 2013. In fact, Kahne has finished in the top-10 in four of his last seven appearances at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Kahne has been a middle-of-the-road racer recently, but he’s coming off a strong performance and has a pretty solid track record in Bristol. I’ll take a shot in the dark here.

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:01:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=43070
<![CDATA[Duck Commander 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/9/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/04/09/duck-commander-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments Nascar drivers have will have short rest this week as they race Saturday at the Duck Commander 500. This race has produced just three multiple winners, so there’s a wide open field this week.

Remember, we’ve called the winner in five of the first six Nascar races, so let’s stay hot and make even more money.

Here are some racers to include on your card this week.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson is the defending champ at the Duck Commander 500, and he…

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Nascar drivers have will have short rest this week as they race Saturday at the Duck Commander 500. This race has produced just three multiple winners, so there’s a wide open field this week.

Remember, we’ve called the winner in five of the first six Nascar races, so let’s stay hot and make even more money.

Here are some racers to include on your card this week.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson is the defending champ at the Duck Commander 500, and he flat out loves racing in Texas. In fact, Johnson has won his last three races at the Texas Motor Speedway and four of his last six overall. In other words, Johnson has either won or finished runner-up in 11 of his 25 career races in Texas. There’s just something about the lone star state that rubs Johnson the right way, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets already his third victory this season.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has finished fifth or better in his last three races at the Texas Motor Speedway, which includes runner-up at least year’s AAA Texas 500. Keselowski has six top-10 finishes in his last seven races in Texas, and he’s led more than 20 laps in each of his last four races on this track. Keselowski is coming off a strong finish at the STP 500 and is in good position to possibly get his first victory of the season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. has eight top-10 finishes in his last 10 races at the Texas Motor Speedway, which includes a third-place finish in last year’s Duck Commander 500. Earnhardt has finished sixth or better in each of his last three races in Texas, and he won this race back in 2000. Earnhardt would love nothing more than to find victory lane after back-to-back races where he finished outside of the top-10. Given his history on this track, Earnhardt has a chance to get his first victory of the young season.

Brian Vickers - Looking for a big dark horse, Brian Vickers may be your guy this week. Vickers hasn’t raced in Texas since 2014, but his last three appearances have resulted in eight, fourth and 16th place finishes. In his last three seasons, it’s fair to say Vickers has had some of his best performances in the state of Texas. Not to mention Vickers is coming off his first top-10 finish since 2014, so you have to love the momentum he’s carrying into this week. I’ll take a stab with the 32-year-old this weekend.

Austin Dillon - Austin Dillon has yet to find victory lane in the Sprint Cup, but you have to like the fact he’s finished in the top-10 in three of his last four races. Dillon is starting to find his footing in his third full season, and he’s returning to the track where he kind of had his breakout performance. Last year in the AAA Texas 500, Dillon had an 11th-place finish which was one of his better performances at the time. Dillion has built on that performance since then and has been inching closer to his first victory. We called Kyle Bush last week, Dillion may get off the snide this week.

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 18:13:29 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=42131
<![CDATA[STP 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/3/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/04/03/stp-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments After a bye week, we’re back with the Nascar season, as this weekend we’re in Virginia with the STP 500. Remember, there have been five Nascar Sprint Cup races so far, and we’ve predicted the winner in four of those races.

Let’s stay hot!

Here are some of the drivers you should consider throwing onto your card this week.

Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin, who grew up in Virginia, always loves going back home to race. Hamlin won this race last year and has…

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After a bye week, we’re back with the Nascar season, as this weekend we’re in Virginia with the STP 500. Remember, there have been five Nascar Sprint Cup races so far, and we’ve predicted the winner in four of those races.

Let’s stay hot!

Here are some of the drivers you should consider throwing onto your card this week.

Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin, who grew up in Virginia, always loves going back home to race. Hamlin won this race last year and has finished in the top-10 in four of his last five races at the Martinsville Speedway. In fact, Hamlin has finished no worse than eighth in his last three races on this track. We made serious money with Hamlin during the Daytona 500, and we’re going to ride him again this week as a strong pick to win his second race this season.

Joey Logano - Take away Joey Logano’s wreck at the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, and he’s finished in the top-five three straight times at the Martinsville Speedway. Logano was also runner-up on this track back in 2010. Logano is constantly in the running to win in virginia, and that should be no different here considering he’s coming off a couple of strong races in Las Vegas and California. Logano has a great chance to get his first win of the young season.

Kyle Busch - You have to assume that it’s only a matter of time before Kyle Busch gets his first victory of the season. After all, Busch has finished in the top-five in eight of his last nine races. Last year, Busch finished fifth in his only race on this track, and he’s finished 11th or better in four of his last six races at the Martinsville Speedway. Maybe the week off will help Busch finish the job at one of these tracks. Regardless, you want to have Busch on your card when he hits victory lane, which isn’t that long away.

Jamie McMurray - If you’re looking for a real long shot this week, Jamie McMurray may be your guy. Last year, McMurray was the runner-up at the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 and finished 10th at the STP 500. McMurray has finished in the top-10 in four of his last six races at the Martinsville Speedway. Although McMurray hasn’t won a Sprint Cup race since 2013, he clearly likes Virginia. I’ll take a shot on the 39-year-old with what I’m assuming will be big odds.

AJ Allmendinger - AJ Allmendinger is another solid sleeper this week after finishing 11th or better in three of his last four races at the Martinsville Speedway. Allmendinger is also coming off a strong race in California after finishing eighth at the Auto Club 400. Given his current form on his last race and his recent history on this track, Allmendinger is worth a look to win his first Sprint Cup race since 2014.

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<![CDATA[Auto Club 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/20/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2016/03/20/auto-club-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments This week we head over to sunny California for the Auto Club 400. If you’ve been following along this season, you know we’ve predicted the winner in three of the four Nascar races. Let’s make it winner number four, shall we?

Here are some racers to consider throwing onto your card this week.

Note: There were no odds listed at the time this article was published.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch is one of four racers to win the Auto Club 400 twice, as he won the race in 2013 and…

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This week we head over to sunny California for the Auto Club 400. If you’ve been following along this season, you know we’ve predicted the winner in three of the four Nascar races. Let’s make it winner number four, shall we?

Here are some racers to consider throwing onto your card this week.

Note: There were no odds listed at the time this article was published.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch is one of four racers to win the Auto Club 400 twice, as he won the race in 2013 and 2014. Before those two victories, Busch finished third in 2011 and second in 2012. In case you’re not keeping track, Busch has finished no worse than third place in his last four appearances at the Auto Club Speedway. When you add the fact Busch has eight straight top-five finishes in the Sprint Cup, it’s safe to say he’s a must bet this weekend.

Jimmie Johnson - We made money with Jimmie Johnson in Atlanta, and we’re going to ride him again this week. Johnson is another racer who has won the Auto Club 400 twice, and he’s actually dominated California races overall throughout his career. In fact, the Cali native has 12 top-10 finishes in his last 15 appearances at the Auto Club Speedway. Johnson simply feels at home when he’s on this track and if history is any indication of what’s to come, he’ll be in the running for yet another victory.

Paul Menard - I’ve been backing Paul Menard for a while now, as I just expect him to eventually have a coming out party and a consistent Sprint Cup racer. While it hasn’t paid off yet, Menard could have a turning point this week. Menard has three straight top-10 finishes at the Auto Club Speedway, which includes a fourth-place finish last year. One could make an argument that Menard has had his most success in California at this point of his career. While Menard hasn’t won a Sprint Cup race since 2011, he’s come awfully close to ending that drought on this very track.

Austin Dillon - Austin Dillon has not won a Sprint Cup race yet in his young career, but he’s quickly turning heads with three top-10 finishes this season. Dillon has finished 11th or better in five of his last seven Sprint Cup races. With that type of consistency, it’s safe to say it’s only a matter of time before Dillion gets in the win column. Well, in two races at the Auto Club Speedway, Dillon has an average finish of 13.5. The 25-year-old is worth some coin this week.

Chase Elliott - Another racer who is still looking for his first victory is Chase Elliott. Elliott has finished eighth in two of his last three races, proving that the 20-year-old is more than capable of holding his own with the big boys. While this will be Elliott’s first Sprint Cup race in California, he did have a fourth place finish last year and a sixth place finish in 2014 during the Xfinity Series. Elliott is clearly the real deal and I wouldn’t be shocked if he gets in the win column in just his 10th Sprint Cup race.

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