2017 Alabama 500 Betting Odds & Expert Preview

Posted by Eric Williams on Friday,October 13, 2017 5:21, EST in

Okay MonsterEnergy NASCAR racing fans and betting enthusiasts, the 2017 NASCAR season takes another step towards its season-ending championship series when the 2017 Alabama 500 goes down this coming weekend live from Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, October 15 at 1:00 PM ET while airing live on NBC. If you’re looking to cash in with a potentially winning wager on this annual showdown and you’re looking to find out which drivers have the best chances of bringing home the bacon, then check the latest Alabama 500 betting odds and be sure to keep this expert analysis pretty close.

The Alabama 500 is the second race in the Round of 12 and the 31st race overall for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The second stop at Talladega Speedway for this season means there are only five races remaining this season, and Martin Truex Jr. is the favorite to win it all.

2017 Alabama 500 Betting Odds & Expert Preview

  • Date: Sunday, October 15, 1:00 PM
  • Track: Talladega Superspeedway
  • TV: NBC
  • Live Stream: NBCSports.com

Circuit & Race Info

  • Location: Talladega, Alabama, United States
  • Surface: Asphalt
  • Length: 2.66 mi (4.28 km)
  • Turns: 4
  • Laps: 188 (Stage 1: 55, Stage 2: 55, Stage 3: 78)

Motor Sports Future Odds

Race History

  • First Race: 1969
  • Most wins/Driver: Dale Earnhardt (7)
  • First Winner: Richard Brickhouse (Team Ray Nichels)
  • Last winner: Joey Logano (Team Penske)
  • Most wins/Team: Richard Childress Racing (8)
  • Most Wins/Manufacturer: Chevrolet (4)

Race Analysis

Heading into this event, clearly, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch have been the two best drivers during the playoffs with two wins apiece.

Truex got the win in Charlotte last weekend after surviving two late restarts, with the last one coming in overtime, to win for a series-best six times this season, the second time at Charlotte and the 13th time in his career.

“We qualified horribly, and I was mad about it,” said Truex, who started 17th instead of his customary position on or near the front row. (Crew chief) Cole (Pearn) was mad about it and in 20 minutes were like ‘All right, I think this is where we went wrong.’ And he’s like ‘Yeah, that’s where we went wrong. We screwed up, we’ll get them Sunday.’”

Truex has 3,106 points to lead the pack. Kyle Larson is second with 3,072. Kevin Harvick is third with 3,069 points. Chase Elliott is fourth with 3,059 points. Denny Hamlin is fifth with 3,056 points. Kyle Busch is sixth with 3,055 points. Jimmie Johnson is seventh with 3,051 points. Jamie McMurray is eighth with 3,044 points. Matt Kenseth is below the cut line with 3,043 points, followed by Brad Keselowski with 3,042 points, Ryan Blaney with 3,039 points, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with 3,034 points.

Brad Keselowski expects to back the Alabama 500 Betting Odds.

With Alabama being a restrictor plate race, there could be some surprises this weekend. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has bagged a pair of restrictor plate wins this season to get himself into the playoffs, including the first race at Talladega in the GEICO 500.
Now, heading into Alabama, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch are co-favorites at +900, although Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch have regularly been regular favorites this season and often by a wide margin.

Last 10 Winners

  • 2016: Joey Logano
  • 2015: Joey Logano
  • 2014: Brad Keselowski
  • 2013: Jamie McMurray
  • 2012: Matt Kenseth
  • 2011: Clint Bowyer
  • 2010: Clint Bowyer
  • 2009: Jamie McMurray
  • 2008: Tony Stewart
  • 2007: Jeff Gordon

Final Expert Analysis & Betting Pick

Keselowski is a three-time winner of the spring race at Talladega and won this fall race in 2014. Keselowski has one win at Daytona and a handful of top-five finishes. He was 38th at Talladega last year but did lead the most laps, so he’s certainly worth a wager here.

Ironically, Busch only has one win at Talladega in his career and that took place way back in 2008. retiring fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking for his seventh career win at Talladega with his legendary dad, Dale Sr. owning the all-time career mark with 10 wins. Earnhardt Jr.’s last win at Talladega came in 2015 in the spring race. Denny Hamlin is a good long shot selection seeing as how he won the spring race at Talladega in 2014. Hamlin also won the 2016 Daytona 500.

For me, I’m going with a top three finish of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr. Before you go, here is a complete look at the 2017 Alabama 500 Betting Odds.

Complete Alabama 500 Betting Odds

  • Brad Keselowski +900
  • Kyle Busch +900
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr +1100
  • Denny Hamlin +1150
  • Ryan Blaney +1250
  • Clint Bowyer +1250
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr +1250
  • Joey Logano +1350
  • Kyle Larson +1350
  • Kevin Harvick +1350
  • Martin Truex Jr +1350
  • Jimmie Johnson +1350
  • Matt Kenseth +1500
  • Kurt Busch +1650
  • Chase Elliott +1650
  • Jamie McMurray +2500
  • Erik Jones +3000