Vegas win has bettors backing Kyle Busch

The jury is still out on whether the betting for the Las Vegas NASCAR race has a carryover affect to the next race in Atlanta.

The Shelby 427 race drew over 140,000 fans and more bets were taken than in the Daytona 500, the sport’s premier event. Yet betting for this week’s race in Atlanta was decent, but not the quantity of Vegas.

"We did some volume on the race," said a spokesman for the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook. "We listed 33 racers plus the field on the board and more than double digit wagers (anywhere from 11 to 25) were on a least 10 drivers. The numbers compare favorably to other races like Daytona, but it may be more the popularity of the sport rather than what happened here last week."

One affect the Vegas race might have had was growing support for Kyle Busch, who won here last week. Busch drew the most bets at the Hilton for the Atlanta race, though not favored at 6-1. He also had the highest number of wagers in his individual matchup against Carl Edwards.

One venue where NASCAR is enjoying high success for the house is at the El Cortez. "We are holding 78 percent on the races, but with a low volume," said Frankie Turco, race and sports manager at the downtown hotel/casino. "NASCAR isn’t normally a big betting thing here, but if Kyle Busch keeps winning we will make a fortune." The El Cortez had Busch at just 5-2.

The Hilton listed Jimmie Johnson and Edwards as 5-1 co-favorites in Atlanta. Johnson, the reigning three-time Sprint Cup points champion, is well down list in 19th place through three races. Edwards has three career victories in Atlanta, including the most recent race last fall. He currently stands ninth in the points standings.

Points leader Jeff Gordon was with Kyle Busch at 6-1. Matt Kenseth, winner this year at Daytona and California, is 8-1. GamingToday motorsports analyst Micah Roberts lists Johnson, Gordon, Kenseth and the Busch brothers (Kyle and Kurt) as his five top choices for Atlanta.

Here are the Atlanta odds at the Hilton:

KOBALT TOOLS 500
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
JIMMIE JOHNSON
5-1
CARL EDWARDS
5-1
JEFF GORDON
6-1
KYLE BUSCH
6-1
GREG BIFFLE
7-1
MATT KENSETH
8-1
KURT BUSCH
15-1
DALE EARNHARDT JR
20-1
MARK MARTIN
20-1
TONY STEWART
20-1
DENNY HAMLIN
25-1
KEVIN HARVICK
30-1
JEFF BURTON
30-1
DAVID RAGAN
30-1
JAMIE McMURRAY
30-1
BRIAN VICKERS
30-1
KASEY KAHNE
40-1
CLINT BOWYER
40-1
DAVID REUTIMANN
75-1
JOEY LOGANO
75-1
RYAN NEWMAN
100-1
MARTIN TRUEX JR
100-1
BOBBY LABONTE
100-1
JUAN MONTOYA
100-1
DAVID STREMME
100-1
SAM HORNISH JR
100-1
AJ ALLMENDINGER
200-1
REED SORENSON
200-1
CASEY MEARS
200-1
PAUL MENARD
200-1
SCOTT SPEED
200-1
MICHAEL WALTRIP
200-1
ELLIOTT SADLER
300-1
FIELD
60