Duck Commander 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/9/16
Duck Commander 500
Duck Commander 500: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Texas Motor Speedway)
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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.
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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.