Pepsi 500 Odds

Carl Edwards, the hottest driver in NASCAR as the Sprint Cup Series approaches the cut off for the Chase for The Sprint Cup once again finds himself as the oddsmakers favorite for this weekends Pepsi 500.

Edwards opened betting on the 2008 Pepsi 500 from California Speedway with some of the shortest odds we have seen from a favorite this season. Prior to Friday’s Coors Pole Qualifying session Edwards was listed at 3.5/1 Odds to Win The 2008 Pepsi 500 according to oddsmakers at online sports books Bodog and SBG Global.

The short odds and small payout on Edwards are certainly well deserved even without factoring in what Edwards has done in the last 4 races leading up to this weekends 500 mile contest from Fontana. Edwards has enjoyed a lot of success at this style of track (d-shaped, 2 mile oval). In 8 career starts at Auto Club Speedway Edwards has 1 pole, 1 win, 6 top 5’s, 7 top 10’s and an average finish of 6.8.

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Close behind Edwards at 4/1 odds to win is Edwards newest on-track rival and Sprint Cup Series points leader Kyle Busch. Busch who is also a previous winner at California has 3 top 5’s, 6 top 10’s and an average finish of 10.2 in 8 career starts at Fontana.

Both Edwards and Busch were placed on probation by NASCAR after an altercation that occurred after the Sharpie 500 in which Busch rammed Edwards on the victory lap.

Rounding out the top 5 odds to win the Pepsi 500 are Jimmie Johnson at 5/1 – Johnson is a two-time winner at Auto Club Speedway (including last years fall California race) and has an average finishing position of 6.4, Matt Kenseth at 9/1 – Kenseth is also a two-time Fontana winner and has an average finish of 9.9 and finally Tony Stewart at 11/1 odds to win. Of the top 5 2008 Pepsi 500 odds to win favorites Stewart is the only driver without a win at California.

Odds to Win The 2008 Pepsi 500 – Pepsi 500 Odds

Carl Edwards +350

Kyle Busch +400

Jimmie Johnson +500

Matt Kenseth +900

Tony Stewart +1100

Dale Earnhardt Jr. +1200

Greg Biffle +1250

Jeff Gordon +1400

Kasey Kahne +1500

Denny Hamlin +1700

Brian Vickers +2500

Mark Martin +3000

Kevin Harvick +3000

David Ragan +3000

Jeff Burton +3500

Martin Truex Jr. +4500

Kurt Busch +5000

Elliott Sadler +5000

Clint Bowyer +5000

Ryan Newman +6000

Travis Kvapil +10000

Reed Sorenson +10000

Paul Menard +10000

Bobby Labonte +10000

Sam Hornish Jr. +10000

David Reutimann +10000

A.J. Allmendinger +10000

Jamie McMurray +10000

Juan Pablo Montoya +10000

David Gilliland +10000

Dave Blaney +10000

Casey Mears +10000

Michael Waltrip +10000

Field (Any Other Driver) +7500

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2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Pepsi 500 Race Information

Race Date: Sunday August 31, 2008

Location: Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, California

Pre-Race: 7PM eastern

Green Flag: Approx. 8:15PM eastern

TV Coverage: ESPN & ESPN HD

Radio Coverage: MRN (Motor Racing Network)

Race Distance: 500 miles/250 laps

Track Type: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval 14 degree banking

Defending Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson

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