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The 2018 AAA Drive for Autism 400
The 2018 AAA Drive for Autism 400

The AAA Drive for Autism 400 Mid-Week Odds Preview

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series rolls into Dover, Delaware for the AAA Drive for Autism 400. The contest is slated to get started on Sunday, May 6th at 2:15 p.m. EST. Currently, points leader Kyle Busch is hands down the favorite to take the checkered flag. Vegas insiders have the talented driver as a 3/1 favorite. The next closest driver is Kevin Harvick at 9/2. That makes a lot of sense considering both competitors have brought home three victories apiece in 2018.

The 2017 spring race at Dover in the AAA Drive for Autism 400 took almost four hours to complete. All totaled, there were a whopping 15 cautions for a total of 72 laps under yellow. The average speed was only 104 miles per hour and the race also concluded while the cars were at caution speed.

Last year in the spring race at this venue, seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson drove on to victory in the AAA Drive for Autism 400. Kyle Larson led the most laps with 241 finishing in the runner-up position. Last season’s champion Martin Truex Jr. also led 102 and finished in second. Nevertheless, Johnson found himself out front when it mattered most and claimed his ninth win at this tricky one-mile venue.

Kyle “Rowdy” Busch is no stranger to victory lane at Dover. He will be going for his fourth win after he won the race here in the fall. In that face-off, rookie Chase Elliott had the most revolutions out in front with 138 laps led. Once again, Kyle Larson was fast. He led 137 laps but finished out the day in fifth. Like Jimmie Johnson, Busch only led 30 circuits himself but took the checkered flag when all the dust had settled.

As of now, last week’s winner Brad Keselowski is a 15/1 favorite to win his second contest in a row. The consistent driver crashed out of this race in the spring finishing out his day in 39th. Fortunately, he bounced back with a better performance in the fall finishing in 10th.

Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. should be one speedster to keep an eye on. Although he is known more for his performances on 1.5-mile tracks, he did qualify for second in the AAA Drive for Autism 400 last spring. He also ended his day with an impressive fourth-place result. That performance set the tone for the fall race at Dover. In that affair, Truex Jr. captured the pole and finished one place better in the third spot. Obviously, oddsmakers have considered his latest performances here and have him penciled in at 15/1 to finally win at this one-mile paved oval.

Well there you have it, a few snippets to help you out before the practices and the qualifying rounds are completed. Below is a current list of the odds to win the AAA Drive for Autism 400. I will be updating those odds along with all the practice and qualifying information this weekend.

The 2018 AAA Drive for Autism 400 odds as of Wednesday, May 2nd:

Kyle Busch 3/1
Kevin Harvick 9/2
Kyle Larson 11/2
Martin Truex Jr. 11/2
Chase Elliott 15/2
Jimmie Johnson 15/2
Brad Keselowski 15/1
Denny Hamlin 15/1
Joey Logano 15/1
Erik Jones 20/1
Ryan Blaney 22/1
Clint Bowyer 25/1
Kurt Busch 30/1
Field (Any Other Driver) 30/1
Aric Almirola 40/1
Alex Bowman 80/1
Daniel Suarez 80/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 100/1
Ryan Newman 100/1

Odds to win the 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Championship:

Kevin Harvick 3/1
Kyle Busch 3/1
Martin Truex Jr. 7/2
Kyle Larson 8/1
Brad Keselowski 9/1
Chase Elliott 10/1
Joey Logano 12/1
Denny Hamlin 14/1
Jimmie Johnson 22/1
Ryan Blaney 22/1
Clint Bowyer 30/1
Erik Jones 33/1
Kurt Busch 35/1
Field (Any Other Driver) 35/1
Austin Dillon 60/1
Alex Bowman 75/1
Aric Almirola 80/1
Daniel Suarez 80/1
Jamie McMurray 125/1
Ryan Newman 125/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 150/1
William Byron 150/1
Darrell Wallace Jr. 300/1
Paul Menard 300/1
AJ Allmendinger 350/1
Trevor Bayne 350/1

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