Saturday, May 7, has to be one of the best days in the online sports betting book this year.
Not only are the Kentucky Derby and both the NHL and NBA Playoffs happening on Saturday, but also Manny Pacquiao takes on Sugar Shane Mosley in a boxing match. Then, of course, there’s also the Showtime Southern 500.
What it means is that the best stock car drivers in the world will take to the track at Darlington for a big NASCAR race on Saturday as well. Can it get it any better than hoops, ice, boxing, the most important horse race in America and NASCAR? I don’t think so.
Keep reading for free picks to win this Saturday’s race.
NASCAR: Showtime Southern 500
Where: Darlington Raceway,
When: May 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm EST
Track: Oval, 1.366 miles
Best Bet A: Carl Edwards +750
Edwards has never won at Darlington. That’s why he’s at +750 NASCAR odds to win on Saturday while Kyle Busch and Jimmie are at +550. Edwards has only won once this year as well, but the average finish of 7.9 is absolutely fantastic. I’ve got the feeling that Carl will come out with a super fast car on Saturday night and find a way to get over the finish line first. He’s never had success at Darlington before, but this is a season for firsts and that includes Edwards winning over tracks that he usually has never won over before. The 7 total Top 10 finishes on the season puts him into the thick of the Sprint Cup Chase, so far, this season.
Best Bet B: Kyle Busch +550
Kyle won his second race of the year on April 30, the Crown Royal 400. Busch figures to keep it going this week at Darlington. He’s obviously become a more mature driver and that, more than anything, has led to the return to form he’s shown in 2011. If Kyle gets off to a good start on Saturday night, then NASCAR fans should expect him to keep it going and at least secure a Top 5 finish. Busch does have a victory at Darlington and he did finish seventh over the track last year. I like Kyle as the favorite, out of he and JJ, to back in this contest.
Best Underdog Bet: Kurt Busch +1500
Kyle’s big bro, Kurt Busch, just hasn’t had a very successful 2011 so far but getting +1500 in the online betting book are too good of odds to pass up on Busch Bro Uno to win the Showtime Southern 500. The older Busch has only one Top 5 and five total Top 10 finishes this season. He’s definitely not doing as well as Kyle and he hasn’t been nearly effective as he was to start the season, when he dominated at Daytona that first week winning both the Duel 1 and the Shootout, but things can change quickly on the Sprint Cup Circuit. I’m expecting Kurt to turn his form around soon. Why not this week?
Others To Consider
Jimmie Johnson +550 - - The champ’s averaging an 8.8 finish this season and has 2 victories at Darlington in his career.
Jeff Gordon +750 - - The 7 victories at Darlington gives Gordo a shot on Saturday. He hasn’t been that hot lately, though, so really do your homework before deciding to back him in this contest.
Tony Stewart +1000 - - Stewart, like Edwards, has never taken home a trophy from a race at Darlington before. It’s tough to like Tony at +1000, but it’s also tough to just write him off altogether. If you like the NASCAR betting odds, then go for it, but if you don’t feel that you’re getting enough value, then stay away.