- The best in NASCAR head to legendary Talladega Superspeedway this weekend to take on the fastest track in racing for the GEICO 500.
- Points leader and superspeedway dominator Denny Hamlin is still searching for his first win of the 2021 season, and holds the shortest odds to win at +650.
- Other top drivers include Joey Logano (+900), Ryan Blaney (+1000), Brad Keselowski (+1100), Chase Elliot (+1100), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (+1500), and Kyle Busch (+1800).
TALLADEGA, Ala. – There are few things better in the world of NASCAR than superspeedway racing, and that is exactly what is on the menu for this weekend’s GEICO 500 at Talladega.
The legendary Talladega Superspeedway is one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR schedule, with speeds regularly exceeding 200 MPH throughout the 2.66-mile tri-oval.
This will be the first race at Talladega this season, with all the familiar faces appearing on the betting odds available through all of the major online sportsbooks.
Odds To Win GEICO 500 – 4/25/21 2:00 p.m. EST
- Denny Hamlin #11 +650
- Joey Logano #22 +900
- Ryan Blaney #12 +1000
- Brad Keselowski #2 +1100
- Chase Elliott #9 +1100
- Kurt Busch #1 +1500
- Aric Almirola #10 +1500
- Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #47 +1500
- Alex Bowman #48 +1800
- Kyle Busch #18 +1800
- Kevin Harvick #4 +2000
- William Byron #24 +2000
- Kyle Larson #5 +2200
- Martin Truex Jr. #19 +2200
- Tyler Reddick #8 +2200
- Christopher Bell #20 +2500
- Ryan Newman #6 +3000
- Austin Dillon #3 +3000
- Ryan Preece #37 +4000
- Darrell Wallace Jr. #23 +4500
- Erik Jones #43 +4500
- Chris Buescher #17 +4500
- Matt DiBenedetto #21 +5000
- Chase Briscoe #14 +6600
- Cole Custer #41 +6600
- Daniel Suarez #99 +6600
- Michael McDowell #34 +6600
- Ross Chastain #42 +6600
- Corey LaJoie #7 +10000
- Justin Haley #11 +10000
Hard To Bet Against Hamlin
Heading into this race, Denny Hamlin has a wide lead in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings despite not yet winning a race this season.
While he has yet to enter victory lane, Hamlin and his #11 Chevrolet have notched an unprecedented eight top-five finishes in nine races.
That includes five stage wins, which give Hamlin 434 points on the season. The driver in second place is Martin Truex Jr. with 353 points.
Denny Hamlin has collected five stage wins this year, having swept the first two stages at Richmond. pic.twitter.com/Q5VBXkrabb— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 18, 2021
As Denny looks to break through and get his first win, there are few tracks betting suiting his style than Talladega. Hamlin is the most recent winner at this track, and owns five superspeedway wins over his career.
Even at +650, a bet on Hamlin is not a bet wasted this weekend.
The nature of superspeedway racing is unpredictable. With cars going three and even four-wide throughout the track, anything can happen at any moment.
The “big one” can occur rapidly, knocking top racers out of the competition and changing fortunes in the blink of an eye.
Those looking to bet on NASCAR should note that five winners have come from odds of +3300 or higher. This includes last week’s winner Alex Bowman.
With that in mind, bettors should look at superspeedway aficionados like Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Aric Almirola.
Stenhouse Jr. just has a way about him on the fast tracks. He was the 2017 winner at Talladega, owns five additional top-five finishes at the track, and regularly impresses at Daytona in a similar layout. In races where he didn’t wreck, Stenhouse Jr. has notched six straight top-ten finishes at Talladega.
For Almirola, he won at Talladega in 2018 and has finished in the top ten in eight of his last nine starts at the track. Almirola simply has a way about him on these tracks and can maneuver with the best in NASCAR at top speeds.
Jimmy Reinman honed his skills across various mediums including print, radio, and broadcast before bringing his arsenal of knowledge to the team here at USAOnlineSportsbooks in 2020. When he’s not writing, you can find him in a state of focused stress on any College Football Saturday, or maniacally constructing NBA parlays on a cool spring evening.