2018 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR Betting Odds & Predictions

The regular season finale for its Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the weekend’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, as NASCAR’s annual stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway comes in September this year. Adjustments to the schedule have taken the July race to the next weekend in September. It won’t be hot at IMS as normal, so teams will have to make some alterations to what they remember about the monitor.
Speaking of adjustments, NASCAR, as a whole, demands a few. The announcement that Furniture Row Racing will cease operations because of lack of sponsorship. NASCAR’s issues run deep, as even Jimmie Johnson, who stays a significant name in the game despite a lack of consequences, doesn’t even have sponsors lined up for next year. Martin Truex Jr. won last year’s championship with Furniture Row. He’ll stay with Toyota and proceed to Joe Gibbs Racing for 2019, but this really is a sign of bigger problems for the game.
While our principal focus remains the end of the regular season, NASCAR has a great deal of things to figure out. CEO Brian France is still receiving treatment for substance abuse issues and the sport is damaging financially with diminishing presence and a lack of sponsors. Some could even consider the situation dire.
In any event, we are a betting information website, so our focus is this weekend’s race. It’s the 26th and final race of the regular season, with the playoffs beginning next week in Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is among the most iconic venues in racing and that milk consistently goes down good, in spite of the temperatures outside, for the winner of this one.
For all those on the outside looking in for the playoffs, that milk goes down real, real good. Just two playoff places remain unclaimed. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr. have 16 of the 25 wins. Clint Bowyer includes two. Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon all have one win apiece. Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Aric Almirola are in based on factors. Jimmie Johnson appears safe, using a 19-point edge on Alex Bowman. He’ll get knocked out, if somebody below Bowman wins. If not, he has a huge points advantage on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.. Kasey Kahne won this mess of a race last year, which had warnings, crashes, and poor weather. If that happens this week, he’d be in.
Not surprisingly, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. would be the best three on the board at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Harvick and Busch are both +265 and Truex is +470. There really isn’t much to say about these men. Truex has some additional incentive to acquire each and every week for Furniture Row along with his hard-working crew, but that may not be enough from Busch and Harvick to a large, fast track. Harvick hasn’t won here since 2003, Busch won here in 2015 and 2016, and Truex has never won here.
Harvick won the Michigan race a few weeks back and was next earlier in the year. That’s the ideal barometer we’ve got for this 2.5-mile monitor since Daytona and Talladega are restrictor plate races and people are an altogether different animal. Busch was fourth and third. Truex was 18th and 14th. Truex did win the two-mile loop in Car Club Speedway.
The obvious pick for investment that this week is Kyle Larson. Larson does not have a win, but swept just about everything last week at Darlington. He simply finished third instead of first. He led the most laps and won both phases. He was third two weeks prior at Bristol. Larson has been 17th and 28th in Michigan earlier this season, but he owns three career wins at Michigan and has run well at Auto Club Speedway. Larson is +660 to get his first win and it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising when he got it here.
Brad Keselowski, last week’s winner in Darlington, is +1300. Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano will be the sole others under 20/1. That is another difficulty for NASCAR. It just isn’t all that aggressive anymore. Fans of motorists not named Harvick, Busch, or Truex do not have a whole lot to watch on a weekly basis.
There are some non-household names that have won this race lately. Jimmie Johnson has four wins, with the final coming in 2012. Jeff Gordon won here five occasions, with the last in 2014. Ryan Newman won in 2013. Kahne won last year. Paul Menard won in 2011. Jamie McMurray won in 2010. There is the possibility for somebody to measure as a long shot, but it appears highly unlikely with the gear and the drivers that have dominated the sport this year.
Coverage of the 2018 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard is going to be on NBC Sports Network on Sunday September 9 with a two p.m. ET start time.
Odds as of September 5, 3:30 p.m. ET:
Kevin Harvick +265
Kyle Busch +265
Martin Truex Jr +470
Kyle Larson +660
Brad Keselowski +1300
Ryan Blaney +1600
Joey Logano +1600
Erik Jones +2200
Denny Hamlin +2200
Chase Elliott +2200
Kurt Busch +2600
Clint Bowyer +2600
Aric Almirola +4400
Jimmie Johnson +5500
Daniel Suarez +6600
Alex Bowman +8800
Paul Menard +10000
Austin Dillon +11000
Ryan Newman +11000
Jamie McMurray +11000
William Byron +20000
Matt Kenseth +30000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr +30000
Chris Buescher +50000
Kasey Kahne +50000
AJ Allmendinger +100000

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