If you had to put money on the drivers in the 44th Annual Winchester 400, what type of odds would you get?  Like any sporting event that sees action in Las Vegas, the heavy hitters would not provide as much “bang for your buck,” while those with an outside chance would provide a big payday for those feeling more risky.


We at Speed51.com have taken the projected entry list for the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (IN) and have broken it down as to who we think has the best shot to tame the high-banked beast on Sunday afternoon.


Of course, there is no disrespect to any drivers mentioned in this list and odds are based solely off of past performances in the Winchester 400 and in Super Late Model racing.  These odds are for entertainment purposes only.


With that being said, here are Speed51.com’s odds to win the 44th Annual Winchester 400.  Want to see which picks will pay off at the end of Sunday’s race?  Watch the race on 51 TV’s live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com.  You can purchase your three-day video package today and enjoy all three days of racing for just $39.99.


The Favorites (3 to 1): Erik Jones, Chase Elliott


It’s hard to pick a clear cut winner, but both these drivers have been super strong and normally end up in victory lane at the end of the day.


The Contenders (7 to 1): Donnie Wilson, Bubba Pollard, Grant Quinlan, Christopher Bell, Ross Kenseth, Travis Braden, Daniel Hemric, Cody Coughlin


This is where you have to look for contenders, semi-sleepers and potential winners.  They have all led laps, run strong and even won at Winchester in some cases.  Wilson has been strong in his last few starts, Bell won the last time out at Winchester and Kenseth is a former winner.  Pollard has performed well in big money races this season and Hemric will be with a strong Wauters Motorsports team.


graphic 51 tv winchester400 longGood Money (12 to 1): Harrison Burton, Eddie Van Meter, Spencer Davis, Anderson Bowen,  Wes Griffith, Jr., Stephen Nasse, Jeff Fultz, Terry Fisher Jr,  JJ Haley, Jack Smith


There is still good money at 12 to 1.  Names like Bowen, Nasse, Smith, Griffith and Burton will be in the mix during the weekend.  Keep in mind we are making these picks without a lap of practice.


In the Ball Park (20 to 1): Bret Holmes, Trevor Noles, Dalton Armstrong, Dominique Vam Wieringen, Paul Shafer Jr., Kody Evans, Hunter Baize,  Cole Rouse, Rick Turner, Jordan Miller, Brandon Oakley,  Garrett Jones, Mason Mingus, Nick Gullatta


While these drivers may not be favorites to win, you must remember this is the Winchester 400. If you can keep your car going all day anything can happen in the late stages.   Chances are one of these names above will flirt with a top-five finish, if not a win.


Big Money Bets (25 to 1): Jon Beach, Matt Hall, Mark Lambert, Jack Dossey III, Scott Whitehouse


If you like to gamble, this group would be the group of drivers that you’d want to bet on.  If we were playing with real money a small $10 bet could earn a $250 pay off.  While these drivers aren’t expected to win on paper, anything can happen on the high banks of Winchester.


-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor

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Winchester 400 Odds: Who Will Tame the High-Banked Beast?