NASCAR returns to Alabama at the Talladega Superspeedway for the 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500. There are twelve drivers still in pursuit of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, One unique feature about racing at Talladega is that the bunching up of cars means that one wreck can take out a dozen cars, instead of just one or two. You can catch the action on NBC starting at 2:00pm Eastern time on Sunday. On the radio, you can hear the race on the Motor Racing Network, and you can stream the event live on the NBC Sports App. We have NASCAR odds for your sports betting consideration, as well as suggestions for the drivers you should choose for your wager cards.
NASCAR 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500 Odds & Betting Preview
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- When: Sunday, October 13th, 2pm ET
- Where: Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, AL
- TV: NBC Sports
- Live Stream: NBCSports.com
Driver Odds to Win the 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500
- Joey Logano 8/1
- Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott 10/1
- Denny Hamlin 12/1
- Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick 14/1
- Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Alex Bowman 16/1
- Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson, William Byron 20/1
- Martin Truex Jr, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Larson 25/1
- Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Ryan Newman 30/1
- Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Daniel Hemric, Ryan Preece, Darrell Wallace Jr,
- Chris Buescher 80/1
- David Ragan, Michael McDowell, Matt Tifft, Corey LaJoie, Landon Cassill,
Brendan Gaughan 100/1
- FIELD (all others) 40/1
Logano has done well lately at Talladega Superspeedway, with four top-ten finishes, including a win, in his last five races there. In those races, he held the lead for 18.57 percent of the laps, the tops of any driver who finished on average in the top 15 through those five races.
Busch is in second place to Logano on the basis of percentage of laps led at Talladega Superspeedway over those same five races, at 12.24 percent. He has raced at Talladega Superspeedway 37 times in his career, and while he has never drawn the checkered flag, he has three top-ten finishes in his last five races there. In his last ten races at Talladega, he has seven top-ten finishes.
Hamlin has not won in any of his last ten starts at Talladega Superspeedway, but he does have two top-ten finishes in his last five races. He did win here once, in May 2014. Hamlin has been running well as of late, though, and if he keeps that form, he could take first place here. After all, Kyle Larson won last week — his first checkered flag in 75 races.
Elliot won the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway, prevailing in April. He brought teammate Alex Bowman across the line as they finished first and second. His Chevrolet team, Hendrick Motorsports, could use a solid finish after a disappointing weekend at the Monster Mile in Dover, as he had engine failure in just the eighth lap, and so he finished in dead last. That left him in 11th place in terms of points, seven points back of the cutoff.
Keselowski has won more races (five) than any other active driver at Talladega Superspeedway. Thanks to his draft technique, Keselowski may be the best racer on a superspeedway in all of NASCAR. He last won here two years ago, also during the playoffs. Since then, he has led an average of 30 laps per race over the six events he has entered over that time. He finished serviceably at Dover, finishing in eleventh place at the Monster Mile. He sits in sixth place for points, 20 points clear of the cutoff.
Almirola is an interesting dark horse here — especially since he won this race in 2018. He has a solid reputation for his work on superspeedways, and he used those skills to take the lead on the last lap here last year. He came in ninth here at the spring race, and he has six straight top-ten finishes on this track, including three top-five finishes. In April, he led the race for 27 laps. He can’t win the championship, but he can win the race, which will give him plenty of inspiration.