Odds are this is motor racing's biggest day

May 25, 2008 7:17 PM

by Mark Mayer |

At the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, the race will be on to stop the streaking Kyle Busch, who not only won the pole but captured Saturday’s Nationwide Series event. Busch, the Sprint Cup leader, is 7-1 at Station Casinos and 4-1 at the Las Vegas Hilton to capture his fourth victory of the season.

The nation’s biggest race slate over the Memorial Day weekend began early Sunday morning with the Indianapolis 500, where pole sitter Scott Dixon was the 5-2 favorite at Station Casinos. Dan Wheldon, on the outside pole, is next at 4-1, followed by Tony Kanaan and two-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, each at 9-2.

While Dixon is the one to beat, the focus for this year’s Indy is on Danica Patrick, who became the first woman to capture a race on the Indy circuit last month in Japan. Patrick has been close, finishing fourth in 2005 and eighth the past two years. Patrick went off at 12-1.

The Indy race has lost a bit of luster, evidenced by the switch of last year’s champion Dario Franchitti to the NASCAR circuit. Franchitti joins another former Indy winner Juan Pablo Montoya, who will be racing in Charlotte. Montoya is a considerable longshot at 75-1.

Kasey Kahne, last week’s winner of the All-Star race at Charlotte, is on the outside poll. The Hilton has Kahne at 35-1. Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson are next behind Busch at 6-1, with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart each at 8-1.

Defending Coca Cola champ Casey Mears is 35-1.