NASCAR Betting Preview: Subway Fresh Fit 500

Subway Fresh Fit-500 logoThe second race of the NASCAR season is on Sunday in Phoenix as drivers compete in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (3:15 p.m. ET, FOX).

If you don’t consider restrictor plate racing real racing then this week’s race is really the first one of the season. You don’t even need to look at the point’s race this early because unfamiliar names like Trevor Bayne (Daytona 500 winner), David Gilliland, Bobby Labonte and Regan Smith are among the leaders.

That will start to change in upcoming weeks beginning with Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway where the favorite is Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson is the 5-1 co-favorite in NASCAR odds at and it is easy to understand why. Johnson is the five-time defending Sprint Cup champion and he has done very well in Phoenix with four wins, 10 top-5 finishes and 13 top-10 finishes. There is no one better in this race than Johnson.

If Johnson doesn’t win then Carl Edwards might. He has one win at Phoenix and always seems to be right there as he has five top-5 finishes and nine top-10 finishes. He won at Phoenix last November and he is 5-1 at to make it two straight at this track.

Kevin Harvick blew an engine last week at Daytona so he badly needs a good finish to start making up ground in the point’s race. He has two wins at Phoenix and might be worth a bet at odds of 10-1.

Other contenders in Phoenix should be Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin. Gordon has always been strong at Phoenix and Martin has 12 top-5 finishes in his career at the track.

The defending champion of the race is Ryan Newman who used some good pit strategy to win last year’s spring race. Jimmie Johnson led the most laps but he took four tires while Newman only took two and as a result, Johnson never could run Newman down. It was a rare good finish for Newman at Phoenix as his average before that win was 20th place.

Recapping some of the odds at we find that Johnson, Hamlin, Edwards and Kyle Busch are the co-favorites at 5-1; Harvick, Gordon and Tony Stewart are 10-1; Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle are 15-1; Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray and Martin are each listed at 18.5 to 1.

SBG Global is a veteran in the online sports betting business and is one of’s trusted partners.

Speak Your Mind