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NASCAR Betting: Food City 500 Race Preview

Food City 500 Odds

There's nothing quite like the high banks of Bristol, and though we're still early in the season, every race means everything to whoever ends up winning it. The Food City 500 is one of the top races of the early portion of the season, and NASCAR bettors surely won't want to miss this one.

The Food City 500 will go down Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET at Bristol Motor Speedway. The action will be televised nationally on FOX.

Food City 500 Odds

Brad Keselowski +600
Kyle Busch +600
Kyle Larson +600
Joey Logano +650
Kevin Harvick +700

Chase Elliott +800

Martin Truex Jr. +800

Jimmie Johnson +1000

Matt Kenseth +1200

Denny Hamlin +1500

Clint Bowyer +2000

Dale Earnhardt Jr. +2500

Jamie McMurray +2500

Kurt Busch +3000

Ryan Blaney +3000

Erik Jones +5000

Kasey Kahne +5000

Ryan Newman +6000

Austin Dillon +7500

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +7500

Odds Analysis

There's no overwhelming favorite to win the Food City 500. There are effectively three co-favorites at 6 to 1 in Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson, but Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. are all right there as well. These odds almost suggest that this would be restrictor plate racing, but instead, it's a showcase of the unpredictable nature of Bristol. Legitimately, anyone could win this race, and these odds suggest just that.

Who's Hot

Joey Logano has had a heck of a run this season. He's finished in the Top 10 everywhere aside from a 31st place finish at Phoenix, including three straight Top 5s. It's a little hard to bet on Logano to win this race knowing that he hasn't ultimately won yet this year, nor does he ever have a win here at the Food City 500.

However, at some point, Logano is going to have some of the ultimately success at Bristol. He finished 10th last year in the Food City 500. It was better than his teammate, Brad Keselowski, who finished 16th, and that's a big problem for Team Penske. Both of these drivers are in good shape at the moment, but their lack of success at Bristol is worrisome.

Who's Not

Jimmie Johnson won last week at Texas for his first victory of the season, but he hadn't had another finish better than ninth this season. J.J. knows that he's going to the Chase this season because of that win at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, and it's hard to make any case for him winning another race until he starts showing a little more consistency.

The No. 48 Chevy is going to be sneaky in the fall, but for the rest of the summer, we're not so sure we want any part of him.

Quick Pick

Carl Edwards has won two of the last three editions of the Food City 500, but he's retired now and isn't going to be a factor. When you look back at the rest of the history of the Food City 500, betting on the Busch brothers probably isn't a bad idea.

Kurt Busch obviously has the better odds here for betting purposes at 30 to 1. He hasn't had a great year since winning the Daytona 500, but as he proved in the biggest race of the season, he could ultimately come around and win another race at some point between now and the end of the season. After he finished second last year at the Food City 500, this could be a big upset winner. Remember that he's won this race four times, albeit none of those coming since 2006. We'll still take our chances.

NASCAR Odds: Kurt Busch ( +3000 )

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