NASCAR Pennzoil 400 betting odds, picks: Finding value in the favorites at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

first_imgThe Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.The second race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series takes place today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). Unlike last weekend’s Daytona 500, where longshots provide plenty of value, this weekend’s race is all about the favorites.Let’s take a look at the winners of the Las Vegas race since 2013, which encompasses the Gen-6 era of NASCAR (Note: since 2018 there have been two races per year at LVMS):As you can see see, it’s taken a top-five regular season driver to win at Las Vegas. It looks a bit more lenient when you move to the full-season finish, but that’s because of how NASCAR’s playoff system works. With only 10 races, and multiple playoff elimination rounds since 2014, the smaller sample size means one or two bad finishes can make a driver’s season look a lot worse than it actually was.To boil this down to a single point: it’s unlikely a driver who isn’t a top season-long performer wins.Looking to bet NASCAR? Check out BetMGM. Get up to a $500 risk-free bet at BetMGM today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.The bad news? Most of the top season-long drivers have very short odds to win, and aren’t worth betting. So how do we find value in the face of this information? The answer lies in uncertainty. This is the second race of the 2020 season, after all.Here are two drivers whose odds are depressed relative to their championship potential.Martin Truex Jr. +1000Truex is one of the championship favorites, with odds anywhere from +400 to +600 pretty much industry-wide. Likewise, his odds to win today’s race range from as low as +560 at FanDuel to this number which you can find at Caesars properties in Las Vegas. Truex is +700 at PointsBet and DraftKings.That’s a huge discount relative to his season-long expectations. And despite Toyota’s struggles this weekend, with every single Joe Gibbs driver failing inspection prior to opening practice thus forcing them to miss 15 minutes of practice time, there are reasons to be optimistic.Truex has 11 wins in 36 races at the representative 1.5-mile tracks (that excludes Atlanta and Homestead) since he joined Toyota in 2016. That’s over a 30% win rate in a fairly large sample size! Additionally, he’s finished in the top six of the regular season point standings in each of those four years.His practice times weren’t amazing, but none of the Toyota drivers’ times were. Notably, he was equal to, or better than, teammate Kyle Busch in every long-run metric in final practice. Busch is a +450 race favorite at Caesars, and a +650 bet to win at his most generous odds at FanDuel. I’d bet Truex down to +750, so keep an eye out for the best number.Kyle Larson +1200Larson’s price to win the Pennzoil is equal to, or shorter than his championship odds across the industry. The one exception I’ve found is at William Hill, where he’s 12-1 to win the race, but 10-1 to win the title. This 12-1 race-winning line is also the most generous number I’ve found in Vegas or elsewhere.If you read my DFS piece, you’ll see why I like Larson as a potential race-dominator, and dominance translates to wins. If Larson performs at an elite level this year — which is certainly well within his range of outcomes — that means it could all start with Las Vegas. His impressive consistency in final practice is a positive sign, as well as Chevy’s overall strong showing in Happy Hour.We’re going for thin value here among one of the favorites, because betting longshots is not a very profitable venture at LVMS. Larson has value down to +1100.last_img read more

Dumfries & Galloway named Rural Location of the Year at Staycation awards

first_imgVisitScotland Consumer PR Manager Erin Hickey receiving the award from presenter Matt Baker. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries & Galloway was named Rural Location of the Year at the i Staycation Awards last week (21 November), launched by i Newspaper and holidaycottages.co.uk.It was one of two destinations in Scotland to have come out on top at the UK’s first national Staycation Awards, alongside Dundee which was named Staycation City of the Year.The dark skies that can be enjoyed in Dumfries & Galloway as well as the miles of coastline, walks and spectacular scenery helped the region stand out as an ideal rural destination for a holiday where “visitors can expect to slow down.”Erin Hickey our Consumer PR Manager for the UK attended and picked up the award for the region, presented by One Show presenter Matt Baker. I am delighted that Dumfries & Galloway has received this fantastic accolade; affirming what we have know for a long time that the region is a perfect destination for a rural getaway.With its proximity to north England and great connections with Northern Ireland and London through Carlisle Airport, Dumfries & Galloway is popular with visitors from across the UK. Dumfries & Galloway really does have something for everyone – it boasts breathtaking scenery, a stunning coastline, unique culture and heritage as well as amazing outdoor activities and delicious local food and drink.I hope that this award encourages many more visitors to come to the region and I would urge the local tourism industry to make the most of the fantastic opportunity.Tourism is more than a holiday experience – it is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and touches every community, generating income, jobs and social change.Paula Ward, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Directorlast_img read more

No. 17 UWF Finishes Regular Season at Palisades Classic

first_img Ryan Black (Photo by Ron Besser) CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the final regular season tournament of 2009, the No. 17 West Florida men’s golf team tied for sixth place at the Palisades Collegiate Classic hosted by Charlotte on Tuesday.  Sophomore Kyle Scott (Edenvale, South Africa/Edenglen HS) led the way, finishing seven under par and tied for fourth place overall.Scott was seven under after the first day, and he finished the third and final round at even part to finish at 209 (68-69-72).  Freshman Ryan Black (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) posted the top final round with a 71 to finish tied for 10th (74-67-71=212).Freshman Rafael Rodriguez Larreta (Montevideo, Uruguay/Pocitos Day School) tied for 53rd (72-76-79=227) and freshman Carlos Rodriguez (Cali, Colombia/Austin Peay/Pendleton School) tied for 67th (75-78-78=231).  Sophomore Otto Bonning (Skanor, Sweden/Sundsgymnasiet) had his best round on Tuesday, carding a 75 to finish tied for 70th (80-77-75=232).Virginia Commonwealth held on to take the team title, shooting 836 (282-270-284) to defeat Louisville by seven strokes (290-267-286=843).  Marquette’s Mike Van Sickle claimed medalist honors at 16 under par (69-65-66=200).The Argonauts will head to the Gulf South Conference Championships next week on April 20-21, looking for their 10th GSC title and fourth in a row.  For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#FINAL RESULTS1 VCU                           282 270 284 836 -282 Louisville, U. of             290 267 286 843 -213 Marquette University          283 284 291 858 -64 Old Dominion Univ.            294 278 296 868 +45 Belmont Abbey Coll.           292 285 296 873 +9T6 West Florida, U. of          289 289 296 874 +10T6 Francis Marion U.            293 291 290 874 +10T8 Charlotte                    296 291 290 877 +13T8 Longwood University          296 295 286 877 +1310 Richmond, Univ. of           301 286 299 886 +2211 Kennesaw St. Univ.           298 292 298 888 +2412 Davidson College             296 296 301 893 +2913 Winthrop University          307 296 292 895 +3114 Nebraska, U. of              298 301 298 897 +3315 Elon University              298 306 295 899 +35T4 Kyle Scott                   68 69 72 209 -7T10 Ryan Black                  74 67 71 212 -4T53 Rafael Rodriguez Larreta    72 76 79 227 +11T67 Carlos Rodriguez            75 78 78 231 +15T70 Otto Bonning                80 77 75 232 +16Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img No. 17 UWF Finishes Regular Season at Palisades Classiclast_img read more

Canucks Down Pesky Oilers with 3-2 Shootout Victory

first_imgThey were dangerous on almost every shift.  While Henrik was held pointless (for the fourth straight game), the line generated a ton of chances and when they play like this, it’s only a matter of time before the puck starts going in the net with more frequency.While it might appear the twins need some rest, they will unfortunately not get as much as the rest of the team as they are both headed to this weekend’s All-Star game in Ottawa.  I won’t go into a big diatribe about the All-Star game, but as a Canuck fan, I’d much rather that the players weren’t obligated to attend this useless excuse for a hockey game. CANUCKS’ TOP DEFENSIVE PAIRING STELLARThere’s only one word to describe the play of the Canucks’ top defensive pair of Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa tonight – spectacular.  While it wasn’t the flashiest game you’ll see NHL players put on the ice, these two were rock solid all night long, had great speed and quickness, and were a dominant force throughout the game.  Both players wound up plus-2, and Hamhuis got a key assist on the game’s first goal.  This is an important development for the Canucks, as the pair had been struggling somewhat in recent games.Every time it seemed like the talented young Oiler forwards were about to generate something, Hamhuis and Bieksa just seemed to make a good, smart play.  Whether it was outracing their opponent to the puck, putting their stick in the right passing lane, or getting the right angle on the puck carrier coming over the blue line, it was just perfect. While the game didn’t feature much hitting, they played a good physical game in their own zone and were often had good body position on the Oilers.  They also excelled at moving the puck tonight, clearing the zone with relative impunity and getting the forwards the puck, who were generally able to do something with it tonight (case in point was the Canucks’ second goal, the rush started on a stellar outlet pass from Hamhuis to Kesler).When these guys are on their game, the Canucks are difficult to beat.  Hopefully we’ll see this kind of effort on more consistent basis moving forward. DAVID BOOTH CONTINUES TO IMPRESSTonight was Booth’s fourth game since returning from his knee injury, and he put another great effort on the ice.  Since his return, the second line has been great, and again tonight they caused a lot of problems for the Oilers.  His speed is very good and while he’s not an excessively physical player, his size matches up well with other players and he’s able to use his body position to shield the puck and get it to his linemates in the offensive zone.At first blush, his goal tonight was a dirty, goal-mouth scramble type of goal.  However, I think it was much more than that – he was able to outmuscle Hall near the Oiler net (as he should be able to do), but he actually showed a lot of skill as he used his skate to touch the puck back to his stick before sweeping it in the net, all while being knocked to the ice by Hall.  Make no mistake, this was a very skilled goal scored by a skilled player. Seeing him and Kesler forming this kind of chemistry in limited time makes me excited to see what they will be able to do with another 20 games together under their belts. PARTING SHOTSQuick Comments: This game’s scoreline was much closer than it should have been and was not indicative of the run of the play.  The Canucks were the better team for most of the night, certain sections of the second period notwithstanding, and they generated far more quality scoring chances.  The four goalposts helped Edmonton’s cause, but that said, hockey can just be like that.  Next time, those pucks will hopefully go in. On the flip side, I have never seen Jordan Eberle this invisible in any game, ever.  He was on a line with Sam Gagner (who was noticeable and played well, strangely enough). The Oilers’ line of Horcoff-Hall-Hemsky had a very good night.  I haven’t seen Hemsky play this well in ages – he was back to his old self, it seemed, the puck glued to his stick and him able to make some slick passes.  That said – Hall was by far Edmonton’s best player.  All over the ice, fast, skilled, good size – he’s going to be a beast in the NHL for many years. While they didn’t appear on the scoresheet, the third line had a strong outing as well for Vancouver.  Hodgson just seems to get better and better, and Hansen was responsible for one of the crossbars.  Mason Raymond hasn’t scored much at all, lately, but was all over the ice tonight and as always played well defensively. Credit the Oilers for sticking with it – knowing the score was close, they never quit and were twice able to come back and tie the game. Luongo made a couple of very good saves in the shootout.  He also made a great save in overtime on Gagner.  He wasn’t called upon to make a ton of phenomenal saves tonight, but he played well at the end of the game.  He could not be blamed for either Edmonton goal.Broadcast Observation of the Day:  In general, I prefer the Sportsnet games to our other options.  That said, I’m not the biggest fan of Shorthouse.  Instead of calling the game, he often attempts to get Garrett involved in conversations about silly things like food, or jokingly makes fun of him and his NHL career.  It’s all in good fun, but for the TV viewer, it’s not that funny nor interesting.  I’d much rather have some proper analysis done of the game.Two nice touches tonight:  in his first intermission interview, Hamhuis told the residents of Burns Lake that the team’s thoughts were with them as they deal with the devastating fire in that small community’s lifeblood, its sawmill.  Hamhuis was raised in nearby Smithers. Also, GM Mike Gillis was with Dan Murphy in both intermissions, and the first segment was dedicated to the Canucks’ support of the re-launch of mental illness website, www.mindcheck.ca.  The site is dedicated to awareness of mental health issues and is meant to provide resources for youth and young adults in need.  The Canucks are behind this initiative primarily in memory of and tribute to Rick Rypien.Looking ahead: The Canucks will take six days off before returning next Tuesday night to play the Chicago Blackhawks.  Stay tuned to www.fightingforstanley.ca for mid-season reviews of all the Canadian-based NHL teams over the All-Star break, including an analysis of the Canucks, their season to date, their prospects in the playoffs, and what their trade deadline needs, if any, are. Sami Salo returned to the lineup for the Canucks after missing the last seven game with a concussion.  He wasn’t that noticeable, however, you did notice the lack of problems with the Canucks’ D as Ballard and Rome could play third-pairing minutes. The game was a no-hitter, it seemed like both teams wanted to get to the break without any physical confrontation.  There were only three penalties called, all for hooking or interference. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks concluded their pre-All-Star break schedule on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 by way of a shootout.The Canucks had a tremendous first period, as they came at the Oilers in waves and spent entire shifts possessing the puck in the Oilers’ zone.  They were able to break through on a beautiful goal by Daniel Sedin, his line having cycled the puck in Edmonton’s goal for approximately 90 seconds.  Inexplicably, the Oilers actually outshot the Canucks in the first period, but Vancouver had the lion’s share of the chances.This trend continued in the second period, but Edmonton played much better in what has been the Canucks’ worst period on a night to night basis.  Shawn Horcoff scored on a tremendous feed from young Oiler Taylor Hall, after a defensive breakdown in the Canucks’ end while the bottom defensive pairing and the fourth line were on the ice.  While Edmonton had a much better period, the Canucks hit a post late in the second (having hit one in the first as well) and this goal might have been the back breaker for the Oilers, who had played the previous night in Edmonton.The Canucks came out determined in the third to end the game favourably.  Buoyed by strong play from the top two lines, the Canucks returning to their swashbuckling ways, trading chances with Edmonton and for the most part, getting the better of the play.  The effort was rewarded on a goal by David Booth, the result of hard work in front of the net after a 3-on-2 where Oiler netminder Devan Dubnyk lost the puck to his side, next to the crease. The Canucks were unfortunate to hit the crossbar twice in the third period as well.  The resilient Oilers tied the game up a second time after a Hall deflection on a late power play, sending the game into an extra session.Overtime featured end to end play, and a couple of good saves by each goaltender, but didn’t solve anything.  Canuck rookie Cody Hodgson scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout, to deliver the Canucks two points heading into the break.Vancouver is happy the break has now arrived.  Their play in the last couple of weeks has been very up and down – they have played their best against the tougher teams (Boston, San Jose, L.A., St. Louis), but have struggled against their weaker opponents (Anaheim, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Florida). There have been times recently that they just look tired, and the six-day break coming up for all but four of the players should be a good tonic for them both physically and mentally.  Now that everyone is again healthy, the team needs to refocus and set their sights on the stretch drive into the playoffs. TWINS RETURN FROM MIA STATUSIn recent outings, the Sedins have not been their normal, dangerous selves, often relatively invisible.  In addition, the Canuck power play has been struggling, due at least partially to the Sedins’ lack of production.  Tonight, they appeared to be much more “Sedin-like” – they were toying with Edmonton on many shifts, including the one that resulted in the first Canuck goal. last_img read more

Selkirk Saints ink pair to 2018-19 roster

first_imgShatford will start his post-secondary pathway in the Millwright/Machinist Program on Nelson’s Silver King Campus and then plans to enrol in the School of Business Administration for his second year at Selkirk College.“I hope to help the Saints get the BCIHL Championship back,” says Shatford. “I play a high energy, physical game and love to win. I can’t wait to suit up for the Saints this season and next.”Last season, Freed played in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL) for the Temiscaming Titans where he led his team in scoring with 44 goals and 56 assists in only 35 games.“Rylan is a player that we feel has an exceptional upside, he brings more than 180 games of junior A experience and with that a deep knowledge of what it takes to succeed,” says Heaven. “We expect Rylan to be able to help bolster the Saints offense, while increasing the level of compete within our group.”Freed will be begin his post-secondary in the School of Business Administration on the Castlegar Campus.“The reason I chose Selkirk College was mainly because the college was very welcoming, they were understanding with the program I was interested in taking and were interested in helping me with my future,” says Freed, who plays centre. “On the ice, I look forward to bringing some speed and offense along with a good two-way game because everything starts from your defensive zone.”The Saints made it to the BCIHL championship series this past spring, but were defeated by the Trinity Western University Spartans. Winners of four championships in a row between 2013 and 2016, the team is looking to return the provincial title to the West Kootenay this coming season. The Saints training camp starts in September. The Selkirk College Saints will welcome a pair of proven offensive threats when the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season begins in September.With the departure of offensive powerhouse Dallas Calvin, a priority on head coach Brent Heaven’s off-season to-do list is to find players to help fill the gap for the 2018-2019 season. The Saints’ coach will be looking to Nova Scotia native Josh Shatford and Saskatchewan native Rylan Freed to help carry the offensive weight in the upcoming season.“Josh is a highly skilled player with over 250 games of experience between junior A and the major junior level,” says Heaven. “He plays with an edge and has a strong hockey IQ, which helps his offensive flare. We feel that he will be able to step in and contribute at both ends of the ice immediately for the Saints.”Last season, Shatford played in the Sask West Hockey League (SWHL) where he scored 26 goals in 19 games, added 21 assists and compiled 95 penalty minutes.“I chose Selkirk College because I heard great things from guys who have played there,” says Shatford, who also spent time in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). “Selkirk College has a great and storied hockey program, and can offer me the training I was looking for in an awesome environment.”last_img read more