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McMurray leads the way

The 2010 Daytona 500 winner, Jamie McMurray won the pole for Saturday’s 2010 Showtime Southern 500 and now the updated odds are out for which driver will win the race.

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McMurray edged out Jeff Gordon for the pole, and now, Gordon is the favorite to win Saturday’s race.

Gordon has 3/1 odds to win the race according to odds makers at the online sports book SBGGLOBAL. Other short odds to win are Denny Hamlin (5/1) and Jimmie Johnson (6/1).

Gordon is sixth in the current standings, 162 points out of first place. Gordon finished second last week to land in the top 10 for the first time in three races. Gordon won this even in 2007 and 1996. For his career, Gordon has seven wins at Darlington with an average finish of 11.3 and a driver rating of 114.4, which ranks second in the series. Gordon will start second in Saturday’s race.

Hamlin is seventh in the standings, 199 points outside of first. He has two wins on the year but just three top 10’s. In his career at Darlington, Hamlin has one top five and three top 10’s. His average finish is eight and his driver rating is 102.7, which ranks fourth in the series. Hamlin will start eighth in Saturday’s race.

Johnson is currently 10 points behind Kevin Harvick for the lead in the Sprint Cup standings. Johnson has finished outside the top five in his last two races but he still has three wins on the year. Johnson won this event in 2004 and he has two career wins at Darlington. His average finish at the rack is 6.9 while his driver rating is 112.1, which ranks third in the series. Johnson qualified 22nd for Saturday’s race.

The Showtime Southern 500 will take place Saturday, May 8 from Darlington Raceway at 7:45PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Showtime Southern 500 – 2010 Showtime Southern 500 Darlington Raceway – May 8, 2010

Jeff Gordon 3/1    

Denny Hamlin 5/1    

Jimmie Johnson 6/1    

Kurt Busch 12/1    

Kyle Busch 12/1    

Jeff Burton 12/1    

Mark Martin 12/1    

Brian Vickers 15/1    

Tony Stewart 18/1    

Jamie McMurray 20/1    

Greg Biffle 20/1    

Kevin Harvick 20/1    

Matt Kenseth 25/1    

Ryan Newman 25/1    

Joey Logano 25/1    

Clint Bowyer 25/1    

Kasey Kahne 25/1    

Juan Pablo Montoya 30/1    

Dale Earnhardt Jr 30/1    

David Reutimann 40/1    

Brad Keselowski 40/1    

Martin Truex Jr 50/1    

Carl Edwards 60/1    

David Ragan 75/1    

Marcos Ambrose 100/1    

AJ Allmendinger 100/1         

Paul Menard 300/1    

Sam Hornish Jr 300/1    

Elliott Sadler 500/1    

Scott Speed 500/1    

Bobby Labonte 1000/1    

Regan Smith 1000/1    

Travis Kvapil 1000/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 300/1    

Qualifying Results

1 Jamie McMurray (1)

2 Jeff Gordon (24)

3 Brian Vickers (83)

4 David Reutimann (00) 

5 Mark Martin (5)

6 Ryan Newman (39)

7 Marcos Ambrose (47)

8 Denny Hamlin (11)

9 Brad Keselowski (12)

10 Kasey Kahne (9)

11 Jeff Burton (31)

12 AJ Allmendinger (43)

13 Joey Logano (20)

14 Kurt Busch (2)

15 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

16 Scott Speed (82)

17 Greg Biffle (16)

18 Michael McDowell (55)

19 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

20 Paul Menard (98)

21 David Ragan (6)

22 Jimmie Johnson (48)

23 Bobby Labonte (71)

24 Tony Stewart (14)

25 Sam Hornish Jr. (77)

26 Robby Gordon (7)

27 Clint Bowyer (33)

28 Dave Blaney (66)

29 Matt Kenseth (17)

30 J.J. Yeley (46)

31 David Stremme (26)

32 Regan Smith (78)

33 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

34 David Gilliland (38)

35 Kevin Harvick (29)

36 Reed Sorenson (132)

37 Todd Bodine (164)

38 Elliott Sadler (19)

39 Kyle Busch (18)

40 Travis Kvapil (34)

41 Carl Edwards (99)

42 Kevin Conway (37)

43 Max Papis (13)

44 Joe Nemechek (87)

45 Casey Mears (36)

46 Mike Bliss (09)

2010 Showtime Southern 500 Information

Race Date: Saturday, May 8

Location: Darlington Raceway, Darlington, S.C.

Pre-Race: 6:30PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 7:45PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (367 laps)

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Posted: 5/7/10 9:14PM ET

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