NASCAR Betting: The Best Bets For Sunday's MYAFIBRISK.COM 400 From Chicago Speedway



The NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup is set to get underway this weekend with the first of a 10-race playoff as the MYAFIBRISK.COM 400 opens things up at the Chicago Speedway. The Sprint Cup Series heads to Chicago only once a year so track history will be important but it isn’t the only criteria that we used to break down this weekend’s race. Here is a look at the best bets on the board for Sunday’s MYAFIBRISK.COM 400.

The Favorite
Kevin Harvick +500

Harvick looks just as dominant as he did entering the Chase last season with a ridiculous 18 top-five finishes. The fact that he finished second or better in 12 of 26 races is absolutely incredible and while he is still chasing his first win since March this would certainly be an excellent time to get it. Harvick started 12th and placed 5th in last year’s race at Chicago and a better start to this year’s race could make the difference as he looks to contend for the victory this Sunday, especially considering he topped all drivers with 79 laps led in that 2014 race here.

Next In Line
Brad Keselowski +800

Keselowski is the defending champion at Chicago and he owns an average finish position of 3.5 with two wins at this track since 2011. The leader of the Penske Racing stable has done an excellent job on 1.5-mile tracks this season and he looked good down the final stretch heading in to the Chase with nine straight top-10 finishes. In terms of the actual numbers there does not appear to be a better bet on the board this week than Keselowski so we are happy to get him at +800 odds to win.

Kyle Busch +650

Busch is a harder driver to get a read on heading in to this race especially since he missed the first four races at 1.5-mile tracks this season due to his suspension. No driver was hotter than Busch when he went on his epic win streak to lock up a spot in the Chase despite the shortened season and while he has struggled overall in the Chase over the past couple of years he has finished seventh or better in each of the last three years at Chicago.

Matt Kenseth +650

No driver has more momentum heading in to this week than Kesneth after he locked up his fourth win of the Sprint Cup season last week at Richmond to move in to a tie with Busch and Jimmie Johnson for the most victories so far in 2015. Kenseth will be locked in this week but he finished 10th in last year’s race at Chicago after starting fifth so he probably isn’t the best bet on the board for this race.

Joey Logano +800

Logano has been extremely consistent of late and will look to carry over that momentum in to the Chase as he recorded five straight top-10 finishes including four in the top-five. Logano climbed from 28th to a fourth-place finish in last year’s Chicago race so he certainly knows how to navigate his way to the front.

Sleeper Pick
Jimmie Johnson +1000

The curious case of Jimmie Johnson continued last week at Richmond when he barely finished inside the top-10 with a ninth-place finish. Johnson has only three top-10 finishes over the course of his last seven starts and hasn’t finished higher than fourth in any of those races but he is still tied for the most Sprint Cup wins this season and there is always the potential for him to break through with a big win at long odds as a sleeper pick and we would be willing to take a chance on him this week in the Chase opener at Chicago.

Consensus Best Bet: Brad Keselowski +650

Driver To Win Nascar MyAFibRisk 400
Kevin Harvick +500
Kyle Busch +650
Matt Kenseth +650
Jimmie Johnson +1000
Joey Logano +800
Brad Keselowski +800
Carl Edwards +1000
Martin Truex Jr +1000
Kurt Busch +1000
Denny Hamlin +1200
Jeff Gordon +2500
Dale Earnhardt Jr +2500
Kasey Kahne +4000
Kyle Larson +4000
Jamie McMurray +4000
Ryan Newman +6000
Clint Bowyer +10000
Paul Menard +10000
Tony Stewart +10000
Greg Biffle +12500
Field +3000