- Kevin Harvick has won in Phoenix nine times in his career.
- Martin Truex Jr. won the most races this year with seven.
- Joey Logano is the defending NASCAR Champion.
PHOENIX – The NASCAR postseason is almost at its conclusion as only two races remain on the season. Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick have already claimed the first two spots in the Monster Energy Cup Championship, and the Bluegreen Vacations 500 will determine the next two drivers that will join them in the quest for a NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
The Bluegreen Vacations 500 is the semifinal race in the NASCAR playoffs and will be a pivotal race for drivers Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin, who are all in the running for the last two spots in the NASCAR Cup Series Standings.
Busch is the favorite to win the Bluegreen Vacations 500 with sportsbooks listing him at +275 odds. A win in Phoenix would guarantee Busch a chance to compete for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship next week in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch currently sits in third place in the playoff standings and only has a two-point lead over fourth-place driver Logano. Busch doesn’t have much room for error this week if he wants to keep his title hopes alive.
Logano won the NASCAR Championship a year ago and is looking to have a chance to repeat. He comes into this race sitting in fourth place of the playoff standings as he tries to hold off Hamlin. At US sportsbooks, Logano is considered a longshot at +1600 odds to win in Phoenix. Don't shy away from the odds, because Logano has had a pretty good postseason run thus far and usually races well when his back is against the wall.
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Busch and Logano both have a lead over the fifth-place Hamlin in the playoff standings. Sportsbooks like Hamlin to climb the playoff standings this weekend giving him the second shortest odds at +400 to win the Bluegreen Vacations 500. However, for Hamlin to even make it into the top four, he’d have to overcome a 20-point deficit to Logano. Hamlin's 28th place finish at the AAA Texas 500 last week saw him fall below the playoff cutline.
The Bluegreen Vacations 500 is at ISM Raceway in Phoenix and will take place Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 p.m. EST. It will be broadcasted by NBC and can be streamed using the NBC Sports App.
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