Lowes Coca Cola 600

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Get ready Nascar fans, because the Coca-Cola 600 is this Sunday! The race will bring many storylines and past winners back to Lowes Motor Speedway. Casey Mears(40-1) will seek to defend his title, while Jimmie Johnson(6-1) will seek his Fourth win in the race, and his first since 2005. Johnson’s teammate, Jeff Gordon, will also seek his Fourth win. Gordon’s last win came 10 years ago, in 1998. You don’t want to miss this one folks, as this race is ALWAYS epic!

Last years race was a classic. Tony Stewart led with 9 laps to go, with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.(8-1) following in second. With 8 laps to go, Stewart had to pit for fuel, conceding the lead to Junior. With 6 laps to go, Dale Jr. also had to pit for fuel. Denny Hamlin(10-1) became the third driver to lead, but quickly pit giving the lead to non other than Casey Mears! Driving the National Guard car, Mears had to outlast his rivals 5 laps, but was running low on gas. Their strategy of not going to the pit paid off, and Mears earned his first Sprint Cup (then Nextel Cup) win! Doing so he became the 8th first time winner at Lowes Motor Speedway, and the 5th person to earn his first win at the track. Buddy Baker and David Pearson also got their first wins at Lowes Motor Speedway.

The Coca-Cola 600 was created by Nascar in 1960. Their desire was to create a race which could compete with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day Weekend. They have succeeded in that regard, because the Coca-Cola 600 beat the Indianapolis 500 in television ratings from 2002-2004. The race has even been held on the same day as the 500 many times. Some drivers compete in both, but this is rare. Critics argue that drivers shouldn’t be allowed to race 1,100 miles in a day, but this issue was squashed when Indiana switched to day light savings time. This left only an hOur between the end of the 500, and the start of the 600. The event is 400 laps, and 600 miles in total. Quite a marathon! The event begins in the evening and finishes at night time. This is to the delight of many fans who are more than happy to escape the North Carolina heat.

A good friend of mine has a saying he commonly uses in gambling situations. That saying would be “how quickly they forget” which is in reference to last years winner being in this years event. Casey Mears won last year, and it seems that they most people have forgotten. He is currently 40-1 to pull of the double. If you like to bet on whoever is leading in the standings then you may be in luck. Kyle Busch is currently 9-2. He seems to have a knack for this type of track, and already has 2 wins under his belt this year. Second in the standings is Jeff Burton who is listed at 30-1. Burton is a 2 time winner of the Coca-Cola 600. The winner of this event two years ago was Kasey Kahne. The 2007 Rookie of the Year, is looking for his first win since the 2007 Food City 250. He represents great value at 30-1.

Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have had great success in this race. Between them they have 6 wins in the Coca-Cola 600. Gordon has registered two poles in qualifying this year, but is winless as of yet. He wouldn’t be a bad play at 10-1 to get his first win of 2008. Johnson has 3 poles and 1 win so far this year. He wins a lot of races, and the Coca-Cola 600 could his next. Don’t miss out at 6-1, and don’t forget to tune in to FOX at 5 PM EST on Sunday for one of the biggest races in Nascar!



5/25/08 LOWES 600 ODDS TO WIN

Kyle Busch 9 – 2

Carl Edwards 9 – 2

Jimmie Johnson 6 – 1

Tony Stewart 8 – 1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 8 – 1

Jeff Gordon 10 – 1

Denny Hamlin 10 – 1

Greg Biffle 10 – 1

Matt Kenseth 10 – 1

Clint Bowyer 25 – 1

Kevin Harvick 25 – 1

Martin Truex Jr 30 – 1

Jeff Burton 30 – 1

Kasey Kahne 30 – 1

David Ragan 40 – 1

Mark Martin 40 – 1

Ryan Newman 40 – 1

Kurt Busch 40 – 1

Casey Mears 40 – 1

zx Field (Any Other Driver) 50 – 1

Bobby Labonte 75 – 1

Brian Vickers 75 – 1

Juan Pablo Montoya 75 – 1

Scott Riggs 100 – 1

Michael Waltrip 100 – 1

Sam Hornish Jr 100 – 1

David Reutimann 100 – 1

Paul Menard 100 – 1

Travis Kvapil 100 – 1

Dave Blaney 100 – 1

Elliott Sadler 100 – 1

Reed Sorenson 100 – 1

Jamie McMurray 100 – 1

David Gilliland 100 – 1




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