After a wild start to the NASCAR betting season at Daytona last weekend it will be tough to top that excitement at Phoenix International Raceway. Last Sunday’s race proved that anything can happen, so there is a lot of value hiding in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 odds:
Denny Hamlin +500
Hamlin couldn’t pick up at Daytona where he left off last season. He finished 21st but did manage to lead seven laps of the Great American Race. Hamlin is hoping to find his form at Phoenix, a track he has excelled at in his short Sprint Cup career. In just 11 starts there he has one pole and six Top-10 showings.
Last season, the No. 11 car didn’t live up to those standards on the one-mile, D-shaped oval, placing 12th and 30th in the two events in Avondale. Hamlin has placed third at Arizona three times, which could make Sunday the race he finally gets over the hump.
Jimmie Johnson +500
The five-time defending Sprint Cup champ is putting a crash-filled Daytona 500 behind him and focusing on Phoenix International Raceway – a track he’s dominated during his storied career. The No. 48 Chevy has won four races in Avondale and has finished outside the Top 10 just twice in his 15 starts there.
Last season, J.J. took third in the Subway Fresh Fit 600, when the race was lengthened to promote a day/night event.
Mark Martin +1,800
Martin was nearly invisible heading into Daytona. The NASCAR veteran surprised many with a 10th-place showing, moving up from 17th and avoiding the majority of the chaos. Martin’s NASCAR odds reflect that performance as well as his past history at Phoenix International Raceway.
The No. 5 Chevy is one of the best active rides in Avondale, winning two races and placing among the Top 10 in 19 of his 28 career starts there.
Jeff Burton +2,000
Burton looked great at Daytona, posting the fastest qualifying run and winning a Gatorade Duel. Then in the Daytona 500 he blew an engine and finished 36th, leading nine laps. He’s hoping to shake that tough loss at Phoenix, one of his best tracks.
Burton boasts an average finish of 11.7 at the one-mile course and has taken two checkered flags and 12 Top-10 showings in 23 career starts. Recent runs haven’t been too kind to the No. 31 Chevrolet, which posted 19th and 25th-place finishes in two races in Avondale last year.