Like Soldier Field is to NFL odds players, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is hallowed ground for anyone who is an avid motorsports fan. The Sprint Cup series heads to the Brickyard for the All-State 400 on Sunday, and an Indiana native will snatch the green flag from a trio of drivers with more accolades than you can imagine.
All-State 400 Odds – Sunday, July 26, 2:00 PM ET
Jimmie Johnson will lead the field out as the favorite at +500, and the three-time defending series champion has won twice at Indy in 2006, and last year’s tire debacle. However, the No.48 driver is a risky bet at the Brickyard, as he has three DNFs in seven races here. Some places are just unlucky, but he’s won here either. You never know what you’ll get from Johnson at Indy.
Tony Stewart has won two championships, but he said he would trade his 2002 title for a win at the Brickyard before he finally won there in 2005, when he also won his second Cup championship. He won again at his home track in 2007, and not many know this place as well as the No.14 driver, who has also raced here in the Indy 500. Stewart’s 9.1 average in 10 Indy races is third among active drivers, so expect him to be the choice of many who make sports picks, with his odds of +600.
Another good bet would be Jeff Gordon, who has won here a record four times in 15 tries, and he also leads in laps led and average finish. The No.24 driver is rated at +750, and he’s due for a win as he’s racked up three runner-up results in the last five races.
However, if you’re a betting management player looking for a big return, take Ryan Newman at +2000. The “Rocket Man” is also an Indiana native like Stewart, his teammate/boss, and he has the best average start (4.9) of any driver. He’s driving better equipment than he ever has and is coming off a sixth-place result at Chicagoland to break out of a slump, and what better place for Newman to get his first win since last year’s Daytona 500? Look for Ryan Newman’s All-State 400 odds to pay off.