Odds for NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol: Expert picks & favorites to win Wednesday night

first_imgNASCAR at Kentucky expert picks1. Kyle BuschBusch’s 17-race winless drought has to end at some point, and he typically runs well at Bristol. He led 100 laps in the May race at Bristol with the same short track package before finishing fifth.2. Chase ElliottElliott had one of the cars to beat at Bristol in May before he and Logano got together and crashed on a late-race restart. The strongest car in the Hendrick Motorsports stall this season should have another shot at a Bristol victory Wednesday night.3. Joey LoganoLike Elliott, Logano has a chance for revenge Wednesday night after losing the May Bristol race in the late-race incident. All three Team Penske cars have been strong this year on short tracks. MORE: Complete starting lineup for NASCAR All-Star RaceFurther complicating our picks for Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race is the new choose cone rule, which will allow all drivers (rather than just the leader) to pick their lanes for all restarts. There’s no telling how that rule change will impact the finish of Wednesday night’s race.Below are the complete Vegas odds to win Wednesday night’s All-Star Race at Bristol, plus our top three picks of drivers who could end up taking the checkered flag.NASCAR All-Star Race odds to win at BristolThough the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race was moved from Charlotte to Bristol, the favorites to win Wednesday night’s event likely are some of the same names that would have been atop the odds board for a race at Charlotte.Kevin Harvick, the favorite to win Wednesday night’s All-Star Race, is the Cup points leader and arguably the hottest driver in the series. He and Denny Hamlin are tied for the most wins this season with four apiece. Chase Elliott, who is fourth in the Cup points standings, had a strong run at Bristol in May before his late-race crash with Joey Logano.Below are the complete odds to win Wednesday night’s All-Star Race at Bristol, courtesy of DraftkingsSportsbook.DriverOdds to win Bristol All-Star Race Kevin Harvick+450Chase Elliott+600Denny Hamlin+600Kyle Busch+700Brad Keselowski+800Joey Logano+800Martin Truex Jr.+800Ryan Blaney+900Kurt Busch+1200Alex Bowman+2000Jimmie Johnson+2000Erik Jones+2200Matt Kenseth+2800Cole Custer+4000Ryan Newman+4000Justin Haley+8000The odds board above only includes the drivers locked into the field for the All-Star Race. Three of the last four positions in Wednesday night’s All-Star lineup will be the stage winners of the Open, with the winner of the fan vote getting the 20th and final spot.Clint Bowyer (+400) is the favorite to win the Open, followed by Aric Almirola (+550), William Byron (+550), Christopher Bell (+650) and Matt DiBenedetto (+650). Picking a winner based on the odds for Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is tricky because the event is unprecedented. Because of the NASCAR schedule shake-up amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual non-points race will run at the world’s fastest half-mile for the first time in its 36-year history.The good news is the NASCAR Cup Series has run at Bristol once this year, giving us a decent idea of who might have speed when the series returns Wednesday night for the All-Star Race. The problem is Brad Keselowski lucked into a win in that May race after Chase Elliott and Joey Logano wrecked while battling for the lead in the closing laps. Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney also had strong cars that day.last_img read more

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Big Ben, Steelers Rally Past Lions 37-27

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) gets into the end zone ahead of Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin (27) for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)WILL GRAVESAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Backed up and fed up, Ben Roethlisberger provided a vivid reminder to his critics and the Detroit Lions of just how dangerous he and his suddenly surging team remain.The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback passed for 367 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the final 5 minutes as the Steelers rallied to beat the Lions 37-27.The victory capped a contentious week in which Roethlisberger refuted speculation he may seek a trade in the offseason and rumors the franchise would like him to take a more “cerebral” approach to the game.He responded by calling most of the plays against an aggressive but immature defense as Pittsburgh put together its most productive offensive day in more than two years.“It feels awesome to win it the way we did,” Roethlisberger said mounting the 31st comeback victory of his 10-year career.Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates with wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) after the two connected for a touchdown catch in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar).Roethlisberger led the Steelers 97 yards for the go-ahead touchdown after the Lions botched a fake field-goal attempt early in the fourth quarter, hitting Will Johnson for a 1-yard touchdown to put Pittsburgh up 30-27 with 4:46 remaining.Pittsburgh safety Will Allen picked off Matthew Stafford on Detroit’s next possession and returned it to the Lions 30. Five plays later Roethlisberger lobbed a 20-yard strike to Jerricho Cotchery to extend the cushion to 10 points as the Steelers (4-6) won their second straight to keep the Lions (6-4) winless in Pittsburgh for 58 years and counting.Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 147 yards and two scores and Pittsburgh’s defense rebounded from a horrific second quarter to hold high-powered Detroit in check during the second half.Stafford threw for 362 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, surpassing Bobby Layne’s team record for career passing yards in the process. Calvin Johnson hauled in six passes for 179 yards and both scores, but Detroit’s two stars disappeared over the final 30 minutes.The Steelers limited Stafford to just 3 of 16 passing after halftime, while Johnson was shut out.“We knew they’d make plays and get yards,” Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark said. “We just wanted to make plays and stop them when it counted and we were able to do that.”Still, the Lions entered the fourth quarter with the lead thanks to a 27-point deluge in the second quarter. Detroit had a chance to push the advantage to a touchdown. But rather than have David Akers attempt a short field goal, the Lions opted to run a fake. Holder Sam Martin, however, fumbled while fighting for the necessary 5 yards and the Steelers recovered.“I got hit by a 350-pound man,” Martin said.  “I don’t think I had the first down, but regardless, that guy made a great play.”The Lions appeared to take control of the NFC North with a win on the road at Chicago last week but let the momentum vanish during a meek second half in which they appeared rattled by soggy conditions at Heinz Field and their own mind-boggling success during the highest-scoring second quarter in franchise history.“We just didn’t execute,” Stafford said. “That’s what it boils down to.”Detroit’s collapse was hard to imagine following a dazzling 15 minutes in which Johnson and Stafford did whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted.Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor said last week he couldn’t wait for the chance to go “mano-a-mano” with the NFL’s best receiver. Like nearly every player who has lined up across the line of scrimmage from Johnson over last three years, the matchup looked like a mismatch.At least, for a while.Detroit spotted the Steelers an early 14-0 lead and just 6:37 to set a franchise record for points in a quarter. Johnson, as he tends to be, was right in the middle of it. He started the onslaught with an impossibly easy 79-yard touchdown, taking a heave from Stafford at the Pittsburgh 40 and then practically jogging into the end zone to make it 14-10.Johnson was at it again the next time the Lions had the ball, beating the coverage to the inside for a 19-yard score to tie the game at 17.Taylor became so frustrated that at one point he was flagged for holding and pass interference on Johnson on consecutive plays late in the first half, though the penalties served their purpose. Rather than get a last-second touchdown to go up by 10 at the break, the Lions were forced to kick a field goal and settle for a 27-20 lead.Just as abruptly as the eruption began, it stopped. Detroit did little in the second half while the Steelers stoked — for another week at least — whatever flickering hopes they have of getting back to .500 and perhaps beyond.“We’ve got to keep this thing going,” Cotchery said. “Our margin for error is nonexistent right now. We feel good about this team and we’re going to keep grinding.”NOTES: Stafford now has 16,005 career passing yards to blow past Layne’s club record of 15,710. Stafford’s first touchdown pass to Johnson was the 100th of his career. He reached the plateau in his 55th career game, the fourth-fastest in NFL history. … Johnson has gone over 1,000 yards in four straight seasons, tying Herman Moore’s club record. … Cotchery has a career-high seven touchdowns.last_img read more

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