This Memorial Day weekend is going to be an exciting one for racing fans as two of the biggest races are set to take place on Sunday, May 28. No matter if you are a fan of NASCAR, IndyCar racing, or both, Sunday is featuring an all day smorgasbord for race car fans everywhere.
First up will be the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Once again, the most famous IndyCar race will be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. This year's race will have 33 participants dueling it out for one of the most prestigious trophies in all of sports.
According to Oddsshark, Scott Dixon out battled his opponents during qualifications and claimed the pole position for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." The native New Zealander earned his third Indianapolis 500 pole position of his career thanks to an impressive qualifying run that saw him post the fastest times since 1996.
Dixon, who currently sits in second place overall in the IndyCar point standings, just 10 points behind the current leader Simon Pagenaud, is listed as the overall favorite to win the 2017 Indianapolis 500 at +600. Right behind Dixon is Will Power and Fernando Alonso at +800, Helio Castroneves +1000, and Juan Pablo Montoya rounds out the top five Indy 500 favorites at +1200.
While the 2017 running of the Indianapolis 500 is truly wide open, one driver to keep an eye on is Will Power. The veteran from Toowoomba, Australia, Power has three pole wins this season and he is coming off his first victory of 2017 at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
If you are looking for a dark horse long shot to possibly pull off the win, here is an interesting stat provided by Oddsshark.
"In the past 14 runnings of the Indy 500, the eventual winner qualified in the Fast Nine 11 times. Of the Fast Nine, the longest odds to win the event this year belong to JR Hildebrand (+3000). The American has been a consistent contender in the Indy 500 since joining Ed Carpenter Racing with three consecutive top-10 finishes."
The Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to get underway from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 12:19 p.m. ET. The 2017 Indianapolis 500 will air nationally on ABC and will be available to stream live on your tablet, cell phone, or other device through Watch ESPN.
Next up is the Coca-Cola 600.
The longest race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will take place Sunday evening from the Charlotte Motor Speedway when the top NASCAR drivers in the world battle it out in the annual Coca-Cola 600.
According to Vegas Insider, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex, Jr. are all co-favorites to win the 2017 Coca-Cola 600 at 11-2 odds. Right behind the trio of co-favorites is Brad Keselowski at 6-1 odds and rounding out the top five is Kevin Harvick at 7-1.
Harvick will start atop the pole at this year's Coca-Cola 600 after having an incredible run during the qualification race. Things got a bit tight, but in the end, Harvick beat out the competition to claim the pole for the Coca-Cola 600.
"It was a hairy lap," admitted Harvick, who was sixth fastest in the first round but improved dramatically thereafter. "I just about spun out in (Turns) 1 and 2 and had to make some adjustments. Our cars have been fast this year. We've had a lot of speed. We just haven't been able to put the weekend together. Overall, it shows that we've got performance right now, but (the Coke 600) is a long, long day. We've just got to put it all together."
Harvick currently sits in sixth place in the Monster Energy Cup standings, 142 points behind current leader Kyle Larson. If Harvick can pull off the win on Sunday at the Coca-Cola 600, he would draw a lot closer to the top of the leader board.
Below is a look at the complete list of odds for the Coca-Cola 600. The 2017 Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET from Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Fans can catch every second of the big race live nationally on Fox. The Coca-Cola 600 will also stream live on the Fox Sports Go app.
Coca-Cola 600 Odds 2017Kyle Busch 11-2Kyle Larson 11-2Martin Truex, Jr. 11-2Brad Keselowski 6-1Kevin Harvick 7-1Jimmie Johnson 8-1Joey Logano 8-1Chase Elliott 15-1Ryan Blaney 18-1Clint Bowyer 22-1Denny Hamlin 22-1Matt Kenseth 22-1Jamie McMurray 30-1Kurt Busch 30-1Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 40-1Kasey Kahne 40-1Erik Jones 50-1Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 80-1Ryan Newman 80-1Austin Dillon 100-1Daniel Suarez 100-1
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