The biggest trend to keep in mind as we gauge the NASCAR Darlington 500 odds is also one of the weirdest. There have been seven Sprint Cup events so far, and they’ve produced seven different winners. Four of those guy have some of the strongest odds to win the Bojangles’ Southern 500, which runs this Saturday, April 12th. I’ve listed them below so you know who they are.
Darlington 500 Odds of 2014 Race Winners
- Jimmie Johnson +500
- Kevin Harvick +700
- Brad Keselowski +700
- Kurt Busch +700
- Joey Logano +1200
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. +1500
- Kyle Busch +2500
That’s a lot of marquee guys and includes the outright leader on the board. So who’s left? Last year’s winner was Matt Kenseth, who own +700 Darlington 500 odds of his own along with three other drivers who have already claimed checkered flags this season. Kenseth and the Joe Gibbs Racing Team are a stalwart on the track, and are employing a savvy strategy that requires patience.
Kenseth has yet to place in the top-3 of any race this year but has sneaked up the points board and currently sits in second overall. You don’t need to win a race outright to win the overall, and Kenseth looks like he’s trying to win the war by forgoing all the battles, so to speak.
Denny Hamlin has a +800 number in Bojangles’ Southern 500 odds at the Darlington Track this weekend and the 33-year old feels like he’s due. Hemlin won this race in 2010. A strong showing at the Daytona 500 saw him finish second overall and some trouble with a weird sinus infection has made his 2014 campaign a bit more miserable than it should have been.
Overall I think Hemlin has the best chance to win this race considering his experience with overcoming the NASCAR Darlington 500 odds. It also helps that Kenseth seems content with just climbing up the points ladder with some smart finishes. It’s also kind of cosmic that we haven’t had any two-time winners this year, so if that trend holds up then Hemlin is the best bet bar none. Hamlin needs to make a big splash to get back in to the swing of things and if the trend of this season pans out, he seems like the best favorite to take on the board.
Other big names like Carl Edwards (+2000) and Tony Stewart (+2500) are also differently worth checking out at the Bojangles’ Southern 500 this weekend. To get a big glimpse of the board, head over to our sportsbook. But my pick to win is pretty clear. I like Hemlin this weekend as a strong lean against the NASCAR Darlington 500 odds.