Okay MYBookie NASCAR racing bettors, if you’re old enough to wager, then you’re probably old enough to know that old saying that says, ‘A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush.”
While that old axiom is as true today as it ever was, that might not necessarily be the case heading into this weekend’s Toyota Owners 400. You see, apparently a one “Busch” is worth more than two birds in your hand, with the way the veteran NASCAR driver has performed over the course of the first eight weeks of the 2019 NASCAR season. Let’s take a closer look at some of the 2019 Toyota Owners 400 Odds favorites.
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Now, following another winning performance form the NASCAR standings leader last weekend, all eyes will be on the prohibitive favorite with the 2019 season making its way to Richmond Raceway for the 2019 Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday night.
The green flag drops on the ninth race of the 2019 season at 7:30 PM ET. Busch is the favorite again at 2-1 odds, followed by Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. all at 7-1 odds.Now, let’s take a look at my top five drivers to bring home the bacon in the Toyota Owners 400 this weekend.
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- Kyle Busch 2-1
- Kevin Harvick 7-1
- Brad Keselowski 7-1
- Joey Logano 7-1
- Martin Truex Jr. 7-1
- Denny Hamlin 10-1
- Ryan Blaney 12-1
- Chase Elliott 12-1
- Clint Bowyer 20-1
- Kyle Larson 20-1
- Aric Almirola 20-1
- Kurt Busch 25-1
- Erik Jones 30-1
- Jimmie Johnson 30-1
Keselowski sits in fourth place in the NASCAR standings, but he’s also won twice this year at Atlanta and Martinsville while finishing second in Las Vegas and third in California. Keselowski has also has some struggles with five finishes of 12th place or lower, including last weekend’s 18th place finish at Bristol. While Keselowski hasn’t won at Richmond since the fall of 2014, I expect him to challenge at the very least after finishing eighth in this race a year ago.Kyle Larson
I know Kyle Larson has recorded just two Top 10 finishes and one DNF this year and currently sits in an unassuming 14th place in the NASCAR standings, but the 26-year-old Californian was also the last drive not named Kyle Busch to win at Richmond when he took home the checkered flag in the fall of 2017. Larson finished fifth in this race a year ago and that means he’ll challenge as a value-packed 20-1 pick.Joey Logano
Logano currently sits in third place in the NASCAR standings with one win at Las Vegas and a quartet of Top 5 finishes, including last weekend’s third place finish at Bristol. More importantly, the reigning NASCAR champ won this race in 2014 and again in 2017 while recording six more Top 5 finishes on this track.Denny Hamlin
Not only Is Hamlin second in the NASCAR standings with a pair of wins at Texas and in the coveted, season-opening Daytona 500, but he’s also won on this track three times while recording a whopping eight other Top 5 finishes and five more Top 10 finishes. Hamlin also finished third a year ago in this race, so I expect him to contend in a big way, if he doesn’t win it outright.Kyle Busch
The gifted Kyle Busch is the prohibitive favorite heading into Richmond and rightfully so, seeing as how he’s dominated on this track on an almost annual basis.Busch won both races at Richmond last year to go along with his four other career wins on this track (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Busch has a finishing average of 6.9 on this track and has won at least one race in each of his 15 full seasons. Busch’s dominance has been so overwhelming it might be getting overlooked when compared to some other all-time greats. Just five drivers have ever won a race in more than 15 consecutive seasons, most recently, the legendary Jimmie Johnson pulled off the feat by winning at least once in 16 straight seasons from 2002-17.
Busch’s average finish this season has been a stupendous 3.4. To put that in perspective, the next closest season to Busch’s current campaign was Richard Petty’s mind-boggling 1971 season where he won 21 of his 46 starts, with a 4.2 average finish position. Not only that, but Busch is clearly highly motivated to become one of the best ever. He recently had this to say about moving into 10th place on the all-time career wins list.
“It’s not a bad thing. It’s an honor,” Busch said. “But people keep asking me, ‘Well, what do you think about it?’ I think it’s great and it’s cool right now, but if I’m being honest … s—, I’m looking at second or third on that wins list. That’s what I want to shoot for. That’s where I want to be. Let’s talk about when I’m done, when I’m retired, and we’ll see how cool it is wherever I end up.”