The 2016 GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race is taking place this Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the Talladega Speedway in Lincoln, Alabama with a 1:19 pm EDT start time and the race is on TV on FOX. Here is a list of the betting odds for the NASCAR drivers to win the 2016 GEICO 500.
In addition to listing the betting odds for each driver also listed are how many wins each drivers has in 2016, how many wins each driver has in this race and at Talladega. The NASCAR Sprint Cup career racing stats are also listed for each driver along with comments.
Good luck to all the NASCAR drivers and especially the bettors this week at the 2016 GEICO 500 at Talladega!
1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. – 8 to 1 odds
At relatively high odds of 8 to 1, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the betting favorite this week to win the 2016 GEICO 500. Last week at Richmond, Junior started in 16th place and finished in 13th. Junior is likely favored here because he’s won this race three times including last year and he has six career wins at Talladega. Junior has come close this year but he’s still looking for his first win in 2016. For his career, Junior has 26 wins in 586 starts. Junior’s career earnings will go over $100 million in 2016 from NASCAR Sprint Cup prize money.
2. Denny Hamlin – 9 to 1
Last week Denny Hamlin started in 5th place and finished in 6th. Hamlin won this race in 2014 for his lone win over the track. He won the Daytona 500 to start the season for his only win in 2016 so far. For his career, Denny Hamlin has 27 wins in 371 starts.
T-3. Jimmie Johnson – 11 to 1
Jimmie Johnson started started and finished in 3rd place last week in Richmond. He has wins this season at Atlanta and California. He has two wins in this race (2006, 2011) for two wins over the track. For his career, Jimmie Johnson has 77 wins in 516 races.
T-3. Joey Logano – 11 to 1
Joey Logano started in 2nd last week and finished the race in 8th. Logano is looking for his first win in 2016 but he did win the fall race at Talladega last year for his lone win over the track. For his Sprint Cup career, Joey Logano has 14 wins in 264 starts.
T-5. Carl Edwards – 12 to 1
After winning the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Bristol and Richmond, Carl Edwards is 12 to 1 to win again this week for his 3rd straight win. While one might think a driver going for his 3rd straight win would be lower odds, Carl Edwards has yet to win this race or win at Talladega. For his career, Carl Edwards now has 27 wins in 418 starts.
T-5. Kevin Harvick – 12 to 1
Kevin Harvick had the pole last week but ended the race in 5th place. Harvick has a win this season at Phoenix. He has one win in this race (2010) for one win over the track. For his NASCAR Sprint Cup career, Kevin Harvick has 32 wins in 547 starts.
T-5. Kyle Busch – 12 to 1
After starting in 9th place last week Kyle Busch got passed on the last lap by teammate Edwards and he finished in 2nd place. Kyle Busch has wins this season at Martinsville and Texas. He has one win in this race (2008) for his lone win over the track. For his career, Kyle Busch has 36 wins in 399 starts.
T-5. Brad Keselowski – 12 to 1
Brad Keselowski started in 6th last week and finished the race in 11th place. He has a win at Las Vegas in 2016. Keselowski has two wins in this race (2009, 2012) and three wins (2014) over the track. For his career, Brad Keselowski has 18 wins in 242 starts.
T-5. Matt Kenseth – 12 to 1
Matt Kenseth started in 13th place and finished in 7th last week at Richmond. He’s looking for his first win 2016 and first win in this race but he does have one win (2012) at Talladega. For his career, Matt Kenseth has 36 wins in 587 starts.
T-10. Kurt Busch, Martin Truex, Jr. – 15 to 1 odds each
Both these drivers at 15 to 1 odds each are looking for their first wins in 2016. Neither driver has any Sprint Cup wins at Talladega. Kurt Busch started in 7th last week and finished in 10th. Martin ran well at Richmond starting in 22nd and finishing in 9th place. Kurt Busch has 27 wins in 549 starts while Martin has just three wins in 378 starts.
12. Austin Dillon – 20 to 1
Austin Dillon is making his 95th career NASCAR Sprint Cup race start in the GEICO 500 and he’s still looking for his first win. He started in 11th place last week and finished the race in 20th.
T-13. Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray – 25 to 1 odds each
Of these three drivers at 25 to 1 odds each, Jamie McMurray has two wins at Talladega (2009, 2013) and the other two have none. All three are looking for their first wins in 2016. Chase Elliott is a rookie making his 15th start this week looking for his first career win and he ran OK last week starting in 23rd and finishing in 12th. Kasey Kahne has 17 career wins in 441 starts and ran good last week too starting in 8th and finishing in 4th. McMurray has seven career wins in 483 starts and he started in 27th last week and finished in 16th place.
T-16. Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson – 30 to 1 odds each
Tony Stewart started in 18th place last week in his NASCAR return and finished in 19th. He has never won this race and has just one win (2008) at Talladega. For his career, Taony Stewart has 48 wins in 591 starts but has not won a race since 2013. Kyle Larson is making his 85th career start this week looking for his first career win.
T-18. Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer – 40 to 1 odds each
Both drivers looking for first wins in 2016. Neither driver has ever won this race but Clint Bowyer does have two wins at Talladega (2010, 2011). Last week, Ryan Newman started in 14th and finished in 18th place. Bowyer started in 39th and finished in 33rd place. For their careers, Ryan Newman has 17 wins in 521 starts and has not won since 2013 and Clint Bowyer has eight wins in 370 starts and he has not won a race since 2012.
- Field of all other drivers – 25 to 1