We have the last race of the Round of 16 and make our second and final trip to North Carolina for the Bank of America Roval 400. Last week three of our five drivers finished in the top-nine, which included the runner-up, but we didn’t cash our ticket. Now we go back to the drawing board in hopes of picking a winner for the third time in the last four weeks.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card.
Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. has finished fourth or better in eight of his last 13 races and is the defending champion at this event. In fact, Truex has finished no worse than fifth in six of his last seven appearances at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I’m not sure I need to do anymore selling for this driver, as Truex looks for his first win since the Quaker State 400. The fact you can get Truex at +525 odds makes him a must-play this weekend.
Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott has finished ninth or better in seven of his last nine races and fifth or better in three of his last five. It’s easily some of the best racing we’ve seen from Elliott, as he’s consistently in the running for victory lane since getting the job done in New York last month. Elliott finished runner-up at this event last year and has finished 11th or better in three of his last five appearances at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott and odds of +950 is very intriguing.
Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick has finished fifth or better in seven of his last 10 races and is coming off a runner-up performance last week. Harvick has finished third or better in three of his last four tries at this particular event, and he has finished ninth or better in 13 of his last 16 appearances at the Charlotte Motor Speedway overall. The consistency with Harvick when driving in North Carolina could make him the favorite this weekend. Instead, you’re getting Harvick at +850 odds, which is a steal based on how he performs on this track.
Clint Bowyer - Clint Bowyer has had a hit or miss year, but he’s put together some of his best performances lately, finishing in the top-10 in three of his last five tries. Bowyer has struggled in North Carolina recently, but he did win this race in 2012 and finished runner-up in 2007. There’s enough success here to give Bowyer a look at +1100 odds if you’re tired of the same drivers and the smaller odds.
Jamie McMurray - Yes, Jamie McMurray hasn’t won a race this year and has been an afterthought betting wise for years. McMurray has also finished 20th or worse in five of his last eight events. However, McMurray has finished in the top-10 in three of his last four appearances at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and is a two-time winner at this event. This is one of those tracks where there’s some value playing McMurray, especially when you can get +4400 odds.