NASCAR bettors always want to be armed with a few stats, just so they can make a more "educated" decision, and that's why we run down the Kobalt Tools 400, by the numbers, this week. The race takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday at 3 PM ET and will be televised by FOX. The favorite for the race in NASCAR betting is Jimmie Johnson, who is listed at +450. He's won four Cup races in Las Vegas.
Kobalt Tools 400
Live at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV
Sunday, March 6 -- 3 PM ET
* Jimmie Johnson, the NASCAR betting favorite for this race at +450, has four Cup wins in Las Vegas, and they have come in the last seven years. His figures are very strong; his Driver Rating of 116.4 there is second best in the field, and he's got 235 Fastest Laps Run, which tops the list.
* Jeff Gordon, who won last week in Phoenix, has just one win in Las Vegas, but he might be the most consistent driver at this track. He's had more "Quality Passes" and laps among the top 15 drivers than anyone, and he also has the best Average Running Position (6.4) and Driver Rating (117.0) of any driver who will be lining up on Sunday. So maybe this gives him some value at +650 to win in NASCAR betting? Maybe.
To Win Kobalt Tools 400
Carl Edwards +800
Clint Bowyer +2500
Denny Hamlin +1000
Greg Biffle +1500
Jeff Burton +2500
Jeff Gordon +650
Jimmie Johnson +450
Joey Logano +2500
Kasey Kahne +2500
Kevin Harvick +1200
Kurt Busch +1200
Kyle Busch +600
Mark Martin +2500
Matt Kenseth +2500
Tony Stewart +1000
Field (Any Other Driver) +3500
* Jeff Burton, who is +2500 in NASCAR betting this Sunday, has raced 13 times at Las Vegas. he won this race in both 1999 and 2000, and is fifth best in the category of Average Running Position. Burton's Driver Rating of 98.7 is the fifth best of all the drivers who will be starting their engines at Las Vegas this weekend.
* Kyle Busch has won the pole twice at Las Vegas, and in fact is the only driver to have won this race form the pole, in 2009. He's got the second-best Average Running Position of all the drivers in this field, and his Driver Rating of 108.0 is third best. At +600, he's got to loom as a very real NASCAR betting possibility to win this race in his hometown.
* Tony Stewart has bee horsing around a little this week in Vegas, but he would really like to get serious about winning on Sunday. Las Vegas is one of only two venues on the regular circuit (Darlington is the other) where he has never won a Cup race. At +1000 in NASCAR betting, he is not necessarily priced as a bargain, considering that his Average Running Position of 13.0 is only seventh on the list of drivers racing here.
* Kevin Harvick (+1200) has not had a load of success in Las Vegas. He has three top fives, but has never won a Cup race there. His Driver Rating of 94.7 is only ninth best.
* Greg Biffle, who is +1500 in NASCAR betting for Sunday, has never won at Las Vegas. But he has captured a pole, and placed once in the top five. His Average Running Position at this venue is not bad; at 9.8 it is fourth best out of all the drivers in this field.
* Matt Kenseth has only the 12th-best Average Running Position, and the 8th-best Driver Rating (95.6). But he doesn't mind all that, because he has won twice at Las Vegas, and in 2004 he won the race from farthest back in the pack, as he started 25th. He's no one to count out at +2500 in the NASCAR betting odds this week.
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