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Carl Edwards Tagged Betting Favorite For Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400

October 9, 2011 – By Scott
 
 
The 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to Kansas Speedway on Sunday for the Hollywood Casino 400.  As always, those Chase drivers who are atop the leaderboard in the points standings often need good qualifying times to keep their hopes alive.
 
Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards are currently co-leaders heading into Sunday’s race.  On Friday, one of these helped their cause and had a qualifying lap of 174.571 as Edwards will start on the front row with pole winner and teammate Greg Biffle for Sunday’s 2:00 pm ET race.
 

“This is the best I’ve ever qualified here, so I’m not going to be frustrated about it,” Edwards said. “I’m proud of our qualifying effort and pretty excited to have an all-Ford front row. That’s pretty neat. There’s a lot of pride for that in our shop.”

Kyle Busch, who is eighth in the standings, and Matt Kenseth, who is seventh in the standings, will occupy the the second row in Sunday’s race.

“I felt like the car had decent speed,” Busch said. “Starting up front is beneficial, getting a good pit selection is beneficial, so carry those things into Sunday. My next closest competitor for the Chase starts right in front of me, so other than that, we’re not worried who’s behind us.”

The two drivers who are tied for third in the standings, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch, will have their work cut out for them.  Busch qualified 17th and Stewart, winner of the first two races in the Chase, will start 23rd. Jimmie Johnson, who is fifth in the standings, qualified 19th.

Biffle is on a mission to help his teammate Edwards be successful in Sunday’s race.  He even alluded to go as far as letting Edwards lead a lap but knows that he has the car who can make up ground without any help.

“You know what? If you look back, we’ve been pretty dang strong on all the mile-and-a-half and two-mile tracks as an organization,” Biffle said. “Carl is going to have a fast car. I don’t think it will be an issue with him leading a lap.”

Bodog Sportsbook has fielded Odds To Win The Hollywood Casino 400 and have tagged Edwards as the betting favorite with odds set at 5/1.  Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle have their odds set at 15/2 while Biffle, Gordon and Kenseth have their odds set at 8/1.

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