NASCAR 2015 Sprint Cup Geico 500 Preview & Prediction

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Its Talladega week for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series as it makes its first stop of the season to this fabled track for the running of the Geico 500. Sunday’s race from the Talladega Superspeedway is set to get underway at 1 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on FOX.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Geico 500 Preview and Prediction

NASCAR Sprint Cup Geico 500 Preview and Prediction
Race: Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015             
Time: 1 p.m. (ET)                              
Broadcast: FOX
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Kurt Busch has certainly had his share of issues both on and off the track in recent months, but he was center stage last week for all the right reasons after winning at Richmond. Kevin Harvick was once again in the top three with a second-place finish and Jimmie Johnson took third.

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Turning to Sunday afternoon’s race, the following are my top picks for favorite, contender and longshot based on current betting odds as provided by

The Favorite (odd of less than 10/1)

There was only one driver to choose from on Sportsbook’s current list for this category, but I like the pick with Dale Earnhardt Jr. listed as a +800 favorite to win his first Sprint Cup point race of the season.

The No. 88 car has been in the mix quite a few times over the course of the first nine point races with four top-five finishes, but this team has also had its share of issues in some of the other events.

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Dale Jr. has found the Winner’s Circle five times at Talladega in a Sprint Cup race over the course of his career, but some of the value in these odds is lost given his recent performance at this track.

The Contender (odds from 10/1 to 19/1)

There is a list of seven drives to choose from at +1200 and every one of them has laid claim to a checkered flag this season.

I am going with the best of the bunch with Kevin Harvick as this week’s top contender. It is rare that you can get odds like this on a driver that has already won twice this season while adding five more second-place finishes to the early 2015 Sprint Cup resume.

The No. 4 car has been the model of consistency on a weekly basis with just one finish outside the top 10 this year. Harvick posted his first career victory at this track in 2010, but his best finish since then was a seventh-place finish in last year’s race.

The Longshot (odds 20/1 or greater)

Given the level of talent in the contender’s category for this race, it is a tough week to find any solid value in the betting odds for the longshots.

I am taking a real flyer on Greg Biffle at +2500 as my pick, especially when you consider that the No. 16 car has managed just one top-10 finish in s Sprint Cup race this season. This team did make the Chase last season so you never know what can happen in such a wide-open race such as this.

The main reason I like Biffle this week is because he almost won this race last season with a second-place finish behind Denny Hamlin.

*SPRINT Cup Odds provided by Bovada (Click Here now – Open A free Nascar betting account today!)

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By Dave Schwab

David Schwab is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog. While not cheering for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles David can be found working on his blog at David wants to hear from you so please comment below.