NASCAR Betting: Chase Continues With Saturday's Bank of America 500



The NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup has opened up with three different winners in three different races but with the field down from 16 drivers to 12 following the first set of cuts the outlook for this weekend’s race at Charlotte the overall outlook moving forward has certainly changed. Kevin Harvick once again delivered in a do-or-die situation last week at Dover to avoid elimination and that is bad news for the rest of the field moving forward. Here is a look at the best bets on the board for Saturday’s Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Favorite
Kevin Harvick +350

A year ago, Harvick had to win at Phoenix in order to advance to the Championship race at Homestead. He won that race at Phoenix in dominant fashion then won at Homestead to secure his first Sprint Cup title. Fast-forward to this year and after going winless in his previous 29 starts Harvick once again pulled out another clutch performance with a win last weekend at Dover to avoid elimination and advance. That is bad news for the rest of the Chase field, especially when you consider that Harvick won last season’s Bank of America 500. No driver has been better when the pressure is on over the last two seasons so it’s really no surprise that Harvick is the betting favorite to win this Saturday’s race at Charlotte.

Next In Line
Kyle Busch +500

Busch placed fifth in last year’s Bank of America 500 and then added another top-10 finish to his resume at Charlotte earlier this year. Factor in wins at 1.5-mile tracks at Kentucky and Chicagoland and it’s clear why Busch is among the favorites to win this weekend’s race. Busch’s recent results at Charlotte and success at 1.5-mile tracks combined with the sense of urgency every driver should have heading in to this weekend could be enough to make it worth taking a shot on Busch.

Matt Kenseth +500

Kenseth finished a disappointing 19th in this race last year but he placed fourth at Charlotte earlier this season and he is one of three drivers with a win since the Chase got underway. Kenseth hasn’t finished lower than seventh in any of the first three races to open the Chase so there really isn’t any reason to expect him not to contend again this weekend.

Brad Keselowski +800

Keselowski is another driver that disappointed last year at Charlotte but did run well here earlier this season and has been consistent enough this year to make him worth taking a shot on in this race. Keselowski is still looking for his second win of the season but he has 19 top-10 finishes and has run well at 1.5-mile tracks so look for him to at the very least be in the mix again on Saturday.

Joey Logano +800

Logano has never won at Charlotte before but he has been one of the most consistent drivers in the Sprint Cup over the past couple of months and there is no reason to think that he won’t be in the mix to win again this weekend. Logano’s 10.2 average finish is the best among active drivers and he did place fourth in last year’s Bank of America 500 so he could be worth taking a shot on to win this weekend.

Sleeper Pick
Dale Earnhardt Jr. +2000

The Chase field has been narrowed down to 12 drivers and while Harvick is the best bet to win this weekend’s race anybody that is willing to take a shot on a potential sleeper pick can take a shot on Dale Jr. to deliver with a win. NASCAR’s favorite son has had another up and down season but he finished third at Charlotte earlier this season and he finished third in last week’s race at Dover so he might be worth sprinkling some money on at long odds to win the Bank of America 500 on Saturday.

Consensus Best Bet: Kevin Harvick +350