<![CDATA[NASCAR RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Auto Club 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/26/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/03/26/auto-club-400-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We continued our track record of handing out NASCAR winners, that dates back to last season, with Ryan Newman winning the Camping World 500 at 80-1 odds. You’re welcome. Just a humble brag. Now time to get back to work as we head to California for the 2017 Auto Club 400. A race that debuted in 1997 has seen four multiple winners and five of the last six races have finished under three hours.

Here are five drivers to consider for your card this week.

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

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We continued our track record of handing out NASCAR winners, that dates back to last season, with Ryan Newman winning the Camping World 500 at 80-1 odds. You’re welcome. Just a humble brag. Now time to get back to work as we head to California for the 2017 Auto Club 400. A race that debuted in 1997 has seen four multiple winners and five of the last six races have finished under three hours.

Here are five drivers to consider for your card this week.

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

Jimmie Johnson - The Cali kid Jimmie Johnson feels right at home when he takes this track, as he has won the Auto Club 400 three times since 2002 and is the defending champion with an average speed of 137 miles per hour. Johnson has also finished in the top-10 in 12 of his last 14 appearances at the Auto Club Speedway. Considering Johnson is also coming off his best finish of the season with a ninth place finish in Phoenix, you have to love his chances this week to get his first victory since winning the Ford EcoBoost 400.

Kyle Larson - Another person from Cali is Kyle Larson, and he’ll be motivated to finally get into victory lane this week. Larson has finished runner-up in each of the last three races and admitted it’s getting kind of annoying being so close but yet so short. In fact, Larson has finished third or better in five of his last six races, and his 12th place finish in Daytona was a lot closer than his finish indicates. Larson was also runner-up in the 2014 Auto Club 400, his first NASCAR appearance on this track. This may be the week he finally gets the victory, making him a must play.

Clint Bowyer - Clint Bowyer doesn’t have many recent impressive showings at the Auto Club Speedway, but he does have seven top-10 finishes on this track overall. Bowyer has also been rather consistent recently, finishing 13th or better in each of his last three races. Consistency and good form is the key when looking to land a long shot. Like Newman last week, Bowyer is probably a driver who is running well and you can get with big odds as a nice value play.

Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch won the Auto Club 400 in 2013 and 2014 and is the only driver to win this event back-to-back years. Busch has four top-five finishes in his last five appearances at the Auto Club Speedway overall. Busch is also coming off his best finish of the season in which he led 114 laps in Phoenix and settled for third place. Given his history on this track and the way he looked last week, Busch has a good chance to become the fourth driver to win this event three times.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano had a chance to win in Phoenix if it wasn’t for pit penalties and a wreck that left him with a 31st spot. Always next week, huh? Logano has still finished in the top-10 in nine of his last 10 races and has finished seventh or better in three of his last four races at the Auto Club Speedway. Logano has consistently put himself in the running for the last year or so, and I’m sure he’d love to get his first victory in the state of California. This is a race he could win and is certainly worth a look given his overall form.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:26:31 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81164
<![CDATA[Camping World 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/19/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/03/19/camping-world-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We head to Phoenix, Arizona this week for the Camping World 500, a race that debuted in 2005 and has produced two multiple winners. The last three races in this event have been decided in under three hours, making this a race that you can quickly make some money and move on about your day.

Here are a few racers to consider throwing on your card this week.  

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

Kevin Harvick - You can’t have a NASCAR card this week and…

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We head to Phoenix, Arizona this week for the Camping World 500, a race that debuted in 2005 and has produced two multiple winners. The last three races in this event have been decided in under three hours, making this a race that you can quickly make some money and move on about your day.

Here are a few racers to consider throwing on your card this week.  

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

Kevin Harvick - You can’t have a NASCAR card this week and not have Kevin Harvick on it. Harvick has won the last three Camping World 500 events and has won six of his last nine races at the Phoenix International Raceway. There aren’t many drivers who have dominated a track year after year the way Harvick does in the desert. Harvick is worth a play regardless of what the odds are based on history.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Another driver who enjoys Phoenix is Dale Earnhardt Jr., as he’s produced top-10 finishes in six of his last seven appearances at the Phoenix International Raceway and is one of two drivers to beat Harvick during his winning stretch on this track. Sure, Earnhardt isn’t off to a great start, but that’s likely just rust from missing half the season last year. This is a track to get him back on track. I like Earnhardt this week for his best showing of the season so far.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson has been runner-up in the last two races and could have won the Daytona 500 as well. Larson has now finished 12 or better in 11 of his last 16 races, making him one of the more consistent drivers currently. Larson has also finished 13th or better in four of his six NASCAR races at the Phoenix International Raceway. This could be the track that produced a win instead of another second place finish.

Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott has back-to-back top-five finishes and would have won the Daytona 500 if he didn’t run out of fuel. Elliott also finished in the top-10 in both races in Phoenix last season. What’s not to like with the 21-year-old who is still looking for his first NASCAR victory? Elliott is in fine form out of the gate and returns to a track he looked very sharp on as a rookie.

Ryan Newman - Ryan Newman has finished 12th or better in six of his last seven races in Phoenix, which includes a third place finish in 2015. Newman obviously isn’t off to a great start to the season and hasn’t come close to a win in a while, but this is a guy who has a consistent history on this track and is somebody you will get with massive odds. If you’re about betting value like I am, the 39-year-old is worth a few dollars thrown his way.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:46:04 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=80750
<![CDATA[Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 3/5/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/03/05/folds-of-honor-quiktrip-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses-3/5/17#comments We missed out on picking a winner last week thanks to a million wrecks that knocked some of our top contenders. Now isn’t the time to hold our head down one week into a long season, as we head to Atlanta for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Here are a few racers to consider throwing on your card this week.

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

Jimmie Johnson - You’d be crazy not to include Jimmie Johnson on your card this week considering he’s won this event each…

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We missed out on picking a winner last week thanks to a million wrecks that knocked some of our top contenders. Now isn’t the time to hold our head down one week into a long season, as we head to Atlanta for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Here are a few racers to consider throwing on your card this week.

Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.

Jimmie Johnson - You’d be crazy not to include Jimmie Johnson on your card this week considering he’s won this event each of the last two seasons. Johnson has won this event four times overall and his 3:15 finish last year was the fastest time since Kurt Busch in 2002. To make matters even better, Johnson has top-five finishes in five of his last seven appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson is a must play this week.

Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. had an OK 13th place finish last week, but he now heads to the Atlanta Motor Speedway where he’s finished seventh or better in four of his last five appearances. This is a great chance for the Truex to make up some lost ground in the standings. It’s all about consistency and it’s quite clear Truex gives some of his best appearances when on this track.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano had a chance to cash our ticket last week but fell apart in the last 20 laps or so and finished sixth. Logano still has seven straight top-10 finishes dating back to last season and has finished no worse than 11th in 15 of his last 16 races. Logano has finished no worse than 14th in his last four appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Ryan Blaney - Ryan Blaney had a great chance at his most successful moment of his young career but had to settle for a second place finish in the Daytona 500. If Blaney can put what could have been behind him, this track should favor him and provide a decent chance at his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch is fresh off the Daytona 500 victory and heads into a place where he’s had considerable success as well. Busch won this event back in 2002 and has finished in the top-10 in six of his last nine appearances at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch hasn’t won back-to-back races since 2002, but given his history on this track, you have to like his chances to end that drought.

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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:06:16 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=78641
<![CDATA[Daytona 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/26/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nascar-picks/2017/02/26/daytona-500-nascar-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We’re so close to starting the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, which means time to start looking for value on the handicapping board. We start with the Daytona 500, often considered the Super Bowl of auto racing. The race has seen a different winner in each of the last seven years, so there’s value out there if you look hard enough.

Those who have followed along know I was money last season often including the winner in one of my five picks. Here’s to another great season.

Here are some racers to consider throwing…

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We’re so close to starting the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, which means time to start looking for value on the handicapping board. We start with the Daytona 500, often considered the Super Bowl of auto racing. The race has seen a different winner in each of the last seven years, so there’s value out there if you look hard enough.

Those who have followed along know I was money last season often including the winner in one of my five picks. Here’s to another great season.

Here are some racers to consider throwing on your card for this years Daytona 500.

Denny Hamlin - We had Denny Hamlin on our card last year with +1100 odds and it paid off. This year, you can get Hamlin with odds of +1200. Hamlin has finished fourth or better in his last three Daytona 500s and sixth or better in five of his last six races at the Daytona International Speedway overall. Sure, no driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s since Sterling Marlin in 1994-95, but you can’t argue with the consistency here and the chances to make 12 times your money.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. should be very motivated for the Daytona 500 after finishing 36 last year and then missing nearly half the season due to a concussion. Even with that disappointing finish, Earnhardt has finished third or better in four of his last five Daytona 500s, which includes a victory in 2014. Earnhardt is certainly going to be in the mix given his history and it’s hard to bet against him when he’s eager to start off strong. I’ll take odds of +785 here.

Ryan Newman - Looking at some of the longer shots, you can get Ryan Newman with odds of +5500. Newman had a strong finish to last season by finishing 16th or better in six of his last seven races and had his chances to win the Bank of America 500. As for the Daytona 500, Newman finished 11th last season, won it in 2008 and has finished 11th or better in five of his last nine appearances at the Daytona International Speedway. Newman hasn’t won a race since 2013, but these odds provide some nice value.

Joey Logano - Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 in 2015 and has finished no less than 11th in each of his last three appearances. Overall, Logano has finished inside the top-20 in his last five appearances at the Daytona 500. Few drivers also finished last season like Logano, as he racked up six straight top-10 finishes to end the year. If Logano can stay in that form, he’ll have a great chance to become the 12th driver to win this race more than once. I have to back Logano and ods of +950.

Daniel Suarez - Daniel Suarez may be a 25-year-old rookie on the biggest stage in his first race, but once you see his history and odds of +2750, you’ll be keeping an eye on him all season. Suarez produced 44 top-10 finishes in 67 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and 17 top-10 finishes in 26 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Suarez has also raced on the six times and has finished in the top-15 50 percent of the time, so this shouldn’t be anything new for him. Suarez is a driver who can quickly turn some heads and by quickly, I mean the first race.

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:37:53 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=76331
<![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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<![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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