Southern 500 Odds

The 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will drive under the lights again this weeks as the drivers will take part in the 2010 Showtime Southern 500 on Saturday night.

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This night race takes place from Darlington Raceway, and Jimmie Johnson joins Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch as the favorites to take the checkered flag.

The trio each have 6/1 odds to win the race according to odds makers at the online sports book Sportsbook.com. Other short odds to win are Denny Hamlin (8/1).

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.

Busch is third in the standings, 109 points behind Harvick. He is coming off a win last weekend in the Heath Calhoun 400. He has finished in the top 10 in his last four races. Busch won this event in 2008 for his lone win at Darlington. Busch has an average finish of 20.4 at this track and his driver rating is 96.2, which ranks eighth among active drivers.

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.

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.

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 6/1    

Kyle Busch 6/1    

Jimmie Johnson 6/1    

Denny Hamlin 8/1    

Mark Martin 12/1    

Jeff Burton 12/1    

Kevin Harvick 12/1    

Kurt Busch 12/1    

Tony Stewart 15/1    

Clint Bowyer 18/1    

Carl Edwards 20/1    

Matt Kenseth 20/1    

Greg Biffle 20/1    

Kasey Kahne 25/1    

Juan Pablo Montoya 25/1    

Dale Earnhardt Jr 25/1    

Joey Logano 25/1    

Brian Vickers 30/1    

David Reutimann 40/1    

Martin Truex Jr 40/1    

Ryan Newman 40/1    

Brad Keselowski 50/1    

Jamie McMurray 50/1    

Bobby Labonte 100/1    

Regan Smith 100/1    

Scott Speed 100/1       

Paul Menard 100/1    

Elliott Sadler 100/1    

AJ Allmendinger 100/1    

Marcos Ambrose 100/1    

David Ragan 100/1    

Travis Kvapil 100/1    

Sam Hornish Jr 100/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 100/1

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: 5/3/10 11:21PM ET

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