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New track, but same Darlington

May 10, 2008 8:13 PM

by Mark Mayer | href> Tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington, South Carolina features a new track, but the same Lady In Black. Station Casinos lists four drivers – Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Carl Edwards as 7-1 co-favorites for the FOX televised event (4:25 p.m. PT) at one of the circuit’s storied tracks.

Johnson crashed twice during practice sessions Friday on the resurfaced track that produced higher speeds. Points leader Kyle Busch (8-1) was clocked at over 175 mph.

GamingToday motorsports columnist Micah Roberts has Edwards, Earnhardt Jr., and Gordon grouped with Denny Hamlin (8-1) and Busch among his five top drivers to win at Darlington. Roberts has tabbed the winning driver eight times in 13 events with a Top 10 average of 58.6 percent (41-of-70). Station Casinos lists a number of prop bets for the race. The best include:

Best Hendrick finish: Dale Earnhardt Jr., +130; Jimmie Johnson +135; Jeff Gordon +145; Casey Mears +550

Best Roush finish: Carl Edwards +105; Greg Biffle +165; Matt Kenseth +180;

Jamie.McMurray +350

Best Toyota finish: Kyle Busch +125; Denny Hamlin +125; Tony Stewart +135;

J.J. Yeley +700.

Best Chevy finish: Clint Bowyer +125; Jeff Burton +155; Kevin Harvick+165; Scott Riggs +550.

Darlington exacta: Chevy-Chevy 2-1; Chevy-Toyota 5-2; Chevy-Ford 3-1; Toyota-Chevy 3-1; Toyota-Toyota 7-2; Ford-Ford 35-1

Clint Bowyer won last week’s Sprint Cup race in Richmond to climb into third place in the season-long points competition. Kyle Busch survived a late wreck with Earnhardt to finish second.