Drivers will start their engines on Friday, like they do almost every Friday, to qualify and set positions for Saturday’s Sharpie 500 at Bristol, Connecticut.
The Sharpie 500 will be run under the lights at Bristol. That has to be taken into account when bettors wager on the driver they believe will win the race. When they wager on who wins in a qualifying matchup, the time of day won’t mean as much.
Let’s take a look at some of the Qualifying Matchups in the Sharpie 500.
NASCAR: Sharpie 500 Qualifying Matchups
1. Mark Martin -120 vs. Greg Biffle -110 - - Biffle had a much better Carfax 400 but Martin actually won the pole the last time NASCAR was in Bristol. So, Martin, who has won 4 poles this year, is the bet in this.
Pick: Mark Martin
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2. Denny Hamlin -130 vs. Kyle Busch Ev - - Busch won the race the last time it was at Bristol. Man, he’d like to do that again. He started in 19th place while Hamlin started in 24th place the last time drivers hit up Connecticut. I’m going with Hamlin this time because overall he’s just been better than Kyle this season.
Pick: Denny Hamlin
3. Kurt Busch -130 vs. Carl Edwards Ev - - Edwards had a much better Carfax 400 when finishing 4th while Busch got into an accident, but Busch did win in qualifying matchups by starting 6th in the Carfax while Edwards started in 32nd place. Busch beat Carl again in qualifying the last time they drove in Bristol with Busch starting in 32nd place and Edwards starting in 38th. Busch looks like the wager again here.
Pick: Kurt Busch
4. Juan Pablo Montoya -120 vs. Tony Stewart -110 - - This tells you how sharp the BetUS Nascar Betting odds makers are. If this were a wager to win the Sharpie 500, then Smoke would be a huge underlay, but it’s just a wager to win a qualifying matchup. Juan Pablo has been doing very well in the qualifying rounds lately. In fact, even though he ended up well out of the Top 10 last week in the Carfax 400, he did manage to start in 3rd place. He probably starts ahead of Tony again this week.
Pick: Juan Pablo Montoya
5. Ryan Newman -130 vs. Kasey Kahne Ev - - Newman started in 7th place while Kahne started in 10th last week. Newman also started in 2nd place at Bristol the last time he drove there. That means that the odds are right where they should be. Newman is the best until Kahne can prove to start ahead of him.
Pick: Ryan Newman
6. Matt Kenseth -140 vs. Jeff Burton +110 - - What has been up with Burton in 2009? The guy hasn’t been close. As far as qualifying is concerned, Burton and Kenseth aren’t that far apart with Kenseth starting in 25th place last week and Burton starting in 27th. I’ll take Burton as a flyer to beat Kenseth in this matchup because I just don’t see why there is such a huge odds difference.
Pick: Jeff Burton