NASCAR Betting – Food City Supermarket Heroes 500 Odds

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Phil Simon
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Of course race sponsor Food City is going to honor the men and women who work in the stores stocking shelves to keep toilet paper and hand sanitizer readily available to its customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, why not? Those brave folks are on the front lines as much as anybody. That’s how we get Sunday’s race title – Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500.  Betting on this race is available at Bookmaker, which offers a generous welcome bonus (maximum $1000).

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The NASCAR Cup Series ventures out of the Carolinas for the first time following its restart, and we’ve seen a different winner in each of the four races. Chase Elliott kept the streak alive with Thursday’s win at Charlotte. Delayed a day due to rain, it was the fourth Cup Series race in 12 days. And there isn’t much recovery time as the gang heads to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee for Sunday’s race. Finally breaking through to the winner’s circle after two near misses, Elliott will be listed among the favorites. Visit BookMaker.eu for a complete updated odds list and to place your wager.

NASCAR Cup Series Supermarket Heroes 500
Date and Time: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
Supermarket Heroes 500 TV Coverage: FS1

Drivers will be presented with a new set of challenges on Sunday. After two busy weeks at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Cup Series is back to short-track racing. Known as one of NASCAR’s more popular tracks, the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway oval features steep banking and an all-concrete surface. The track is so short that speeds are much slower than on typical oval tracks.

Given its reduced length, races at Bristol tend to have the highest number of caution laps. Some have gone so far as to say it’s like flying fighter jets in a gymnasium. The half-mile oval and the volatility involved make it possible for drivers to come back from several laps down. It also works the other way. Unscheduled pit stops can put a driver too far behind by the time he re-enters. Strategy will be much different on Sunday than it was on the 1.5-mile Charlotte and 1.366-mile Darlington tracks.

There is no qualifying for Sunday’s race with lineups determined by a random draw. Certain teams do have an advantage, however. Positions 1 through 12 are selected from a list of charter teams in those positions based on owners points. Spots 13-24 are determined the same way as are the next 12 positions. The final spots are open teams.

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If you’re looking for success on short tracks look no further than Kyle Busch. One of the best on the shorter oval, Busch is the two-time defending champ and he has five wins overall at this event. His last 15 short track starts have resulted in 13 top-10 finishes with 11 of those being in the top-5 along with six victories. It’s hard to get better than that. Odds for Sunday’s race were not posted at the time of this writing, but expect Kyle to be high on the odds list when they hit the board.

Kyle has yet to win a Cup Series race or even have a lead this season and he is coming off a disappointing 29th last time out. We are likely to see more favorable odds for Kyle giving him even more value. Besides, we’ve had a different winner in each of the four Cup Series races since NASCAR resumed and there’s a good chance the trend continues.

Another short track specialist is Martin Truex Jr., who has three wins in his last four short track starts. He won at Richmond last September and followed with the checkered flag at Martinsville a month later. However, he hasn’t had a lot of success at Bristol recently. In his last five starts his average finish is 22.2 with his best showing 13th last August.

The suspension of his crew chief didn’t seem to faze Denny Hamlin, who took second in Thursday’s race. He heads back to Bristol where he emerged victorious last August in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. He placed among the top-5 in each of his last seven short track starts. Hamlin has a pair of wins and two additional top-5s in eight Cup Series runs this season.

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I guess you could say Kyle Busch is in a slump. He has yet to win a Cup Series race and has finished outside the top-25 as many times as in the top-10 in his last four races. And he’s gone seven starts without a lead at any point. So I’m counting on his short track record to pull him out of the doldrums and will drop a few bills on him this Sunday.

Supermarket Heroes 500 Odds Pick: Kyle Busch

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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