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NASCAR Bojangles’ Southern 500 Betting Odds
Carrie Stroup here working on a Saturday to bring you your NASCAR Bojangles Southern betting odds, available at Sportsbook here.
NASCAR takes its show to the evening hours with Saturday’s race under the lights at Darlington Raceway. Nicknamed the "Lady in Black" and "The Track Too Tough to Tame" by many NASCAR fans, this egg-shaped oval track has been around since 1950. It measures 1.366 miles with a frontstretch equidistant to the backstretch (1,229 feet or 0.23 miles) both containing a small amount (six degrees) of banking. Turns 1 and 2 are banked at 25° and 23° respectively. Regan Smith won last year’s Showtime Southern 500 from the 23rd position in the starting grid, but the previous nine winners all started 12th or better.
Drivers to Watch
Jeff Gordon (10/1) - These odds are actually pretty generous considering Gordon’s unbelievable success at Darlington, as he has seven wins and 18 top-5 finishes in his career at this track. Before a disappointing 12th-place finish last year, Gordon had rolled off seven straight top-5’s, including a win in 2007 and runner-ups in both 2005 and 2006. He’s also due to break out of his current funk, that has seen just one top-10 finish in his past seven races, and a 21.6 average finish for the year.
Denny Hamllin (7/1) - Hamlin carries a 6.5 average finish in six career starts at Darlington, winning this race in 2010. He’s always loved the intermediate tracks (13 career wins), and has been strong so far this season with four top-4 finishes including two victories.
Jimmie Johnson (5/1) - He’s the clear-cut favorite for this race, and for good reason. Johnson has two wins and three other top-3 finishes at Darlington. He’s also been racing extremely hard all year with seven top-10’s and four top-5’s on the NASCAR circuit. He should certainly challenge for the checkered flag on Saturday night.
Regan Smith (100/1) - Can lightning strike twice again? Smith is the defending champion of this race, but he had never finished better than 17th in his prior three starts at Darlington. His average finish this year is 23.3, with his top finish being an uninspiring 15th.
- Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter
Submitted by Carrie Stroup on Sat, 05/12/2012 - 13:47