Kahne takes the pole

2011 nascar showtime southern 500 odds kasey kahne

DARLINGTON, SC (TheSpread) – Despite a tough start to 2011, Kasey Kahne got a bit of positive momentum started on Friday as he won the pole for Saturday’s Showtime Southern 500.

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The pole is the first this year for Kahne, who has just one top five this year in nine races.

According to oddsmakers at online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com both Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin and are favored to win this race as each has 6/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Kyle Busch (7/1), Jeff Gordon (7/1), and Kahne (7/1).

Hamlin is 17th in the standings right now. He has just one top 5 and two top 10’s on the year. Hamlin has one win at Darlington and an average finish of 6.6. Hamlin’s driver rating at this track is 109.1, which ranks third in the series. Hamlin will start third on Saturday.

Edwards leads the point standings thanks to his 7 top 10’s in nine races, which is most of any driver in the series. Edwards also has one win on the year. Edwards is winless at Darlington with an average finish of 15.6 and a driver rating of 87.0, which ranks 13th among active drivers. Edwards qualified fourth for Saturday’s race.

Kyle Busch is coming off a win last week and he is now third in the standings, 30 points out of first. Busch has two wins and 5 top 5’s on the year but he also has two DNF’s. Busch has one win at Darlington with an average finish of 18.2 and a driver rating of 97.2, which ranks sixth in the series. Busch will start 14th in Saturday’s race.

Gordon is 16th in the point standings. He has one win and three top 5’s on the year but also has two DNF’s on the year. Gordon has been dominant at Darlington, as he has seven wins and 18 top 5’s in his career. His average finish at the track is 11.0 and his driver rating is 117.6, which is best in the series. Gordon qualified fifth.

Kahne is coming off a third-place finish last week, which snapped a three-race streak of finishing outside the top 20. Khane has not won a race since the 2009 season. At Darlington, Kahne is winless, but he has two top 5’s. His average finish at this track is 15.9 and his driver rating is 90.3.

The Showtime Southern 500 will take place Saturday, May 7 from Darlington Raceway at 7:44PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Showtime Southern 500 – 2011 Showtime Southern 500 – Darlington Raceway – Saturday, May 7, 2011

Denny Hamlin 6/1

Carl Edwards 6/1

Kyle Busch 7/1

Jeff Gordon 7/1

Kasey Kahne 7/1

Jimmie Johnson 8/1

Ryan Newman 15/1

Tony Stewart 18/1

Kevin Harvick 18/1

Matt Kenseth 20/1

Greg Biffle 20/1

Brian Vickers 20/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 25/1

Jamie McMurray 30/1

Mark Martin 30/1

Kurt Busch 30/1

Clint Bowyer 30/1

Joey Logano 30/1

Jeff Burton 35/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 40/1

David Ragan 60/1

Marcos Ambrose 60/1

Martin Truex Jr 60/1

AJ Allmendinger 60/1

David Reutimann 75/1

Paul Menard 75/1

Brad Keselowski 200/1

Regan Smith 500/1

Bobby Labonte 500/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 300/1

Qualifying Results

1 Kasey Kahne (4)

2 Ryan Newman (39)

3 Denny Hamlin (11)

4 Carl Edwards (99)

5 Jeff Gordon (24)

6 Marcos Ambrose (9)

7 A J Allmendinger (43)

8 Brian Vickers (83)

9 Tony Stewart (14)

10 Brad Keselowski (2)

11 David Ragan (6)

12 Jamie McMurray (1)

13 Kevin Harvick (29)

14 Kyle Busch (18)

15 Bobby Labonte (47)

16 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

17 Joey Logano (20)

18 Paul Menard (27)

19 Jimmie Johnson (48)

20 Matt Kenseth (17)

21 Travis Kvapil (38)

22 Greg Biffle (16)

23 Regan Smith (78)

24 Jeff Burton (31)

25 Kurt Busch (22)

26 Clint Bowyer (33)

27 Landon Cassill (09)

28 Mark Martin (5)

29 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

30 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

31 J.J. Yeley (46)

32 Casey Mears (13)

33 T.J. Bell (150)

34 Mike Skinner (60)

35 Tony Raines (37)

36 David Reutimann (00)

37 David Gilliland (34)

38 David Stremme (30)

39 Michael McDowell (66)

40 Ken Schrader (32)

41 Dave Blaney (36)

42 Robby Gordon (7)

43 Joe Nemechek (87)

44 Scott Riggs (181) DNQ

45 Andy Lally (71) DNQ

46 Brian Keselowski (192) DNQ

2011 Showtime Southern 500 Information

Race Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011

Location: Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC

Pre-Race: 6:30PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 7:44PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (367 laps)

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