The most attended event in NASCAR is this Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Here’s the preview from BroburySports.com.
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Jimmy Johnson is the 7/2 favorite this week. He’s won at Indianapolis the last two years and three times overall. Johnson and the rest of the drivers are refreshed after a week off.
There are four drivers (Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch) who come in next at 8/1 odds. Gordon is the only four-time winner at Indianapolis, the last one coming in 2004.
Montoya is the surprise name as he’s struggling this year (21st in the standings). However, he has plenty of experience at Indianapolis and finished second in 2007.
Tony Stewart (10/1) and Kevin Harvick (12/1) are two additional previous winners here. Stewart (two-time winner) is the trendy pick this week by a bunch of the experts.
Season title odds heating up
Johnson (2/1) is the season leader as he looks for his unprecedented fifth straight title. Hamlin (9/2) has five wins this year, tied for the most with Johnson.
Kyle Busch (9/2) could be ready to break through with his first win. He was left out of The Chase last year, but has always had the talent. Kyle’s bother Kurt won the championship back in 2004.
Gordon is second in points even though he’s been shut out in wins. He’s the four-time season champion, most recently in 2001. Kevin Harvick (9/1) is the season leader in points as he has the most top-10 finishes (13).
Two time champ Stewart (10/1) is the last driver to win the title before Johnson (in 2005). Earnhardt Jr is once again making himself relevant. He’s 13th in the standings (one spot out of The Chase). Oddsmakers have him pegged at 35/1.
Updated Sprint Cup Title Odds (NASCAR points in parenthesis)
Jimmie Johnson 2/1 (2,557)
Denny Hamlin 4/1 (2,542)
Kyle Busch 9/2 (2,488)
Jeff Gordon 6/1 (2,642)
Kevin Harvick 9/1 (2,745)
Tony Stewart 10/1 (2,389)
Kurt Busch 12/1 (2,524)
Jeff Burton 15/1 (2,465)
Carl Edwards 25/1 (2,345)
Matt Kenseth 25/1 (2,446)