NASCAR Sprint Cup Futures Update – May
The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup series remains in Charlotte this week for the traditional Memorial Day running of the Coca Cola 600 this upcoming Sunday. This follows last Saturday night’s All-Star race, which was a non-points event. There have been 11 point races so far this season and as expected there are quite a few familiar names in the top 10 of the current standings, including five-time champion Jimmie Johnson, fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., and veteran driver Tony Stewart.
Bodog.com continually updates its futures odds for this season’s Sprint Cup title, and currently Johnson and Carl Edwards are the co-favorites at 3/1 with roughly a third of the racing schedule complete. Johnson’s quest for his sixth consecutive title is off to another strong start with seven top 10 finishes on the year. Included in those seven are four top fives and a victory at Talladega. He is currently second in the standings with 392 total points and just 24 points out of the lead. His odds to win the title have come down a bit after being the sole favorite at 11/4 at the end of April.
Edwards is off to the best start of his seven-year career on the Sprint Cup circuit. He is first in the standings with 416 points and just earned himself a huge payday with a victory in the All-Star race. He has nine top-10 finishes in 11 starts and a win at Las Vegas. Edwards has tallied six top five finishes and has been the runner up three times. He has earned over $3 million this season and keeps inching up in the future odds after closing out last month as a 4/1 favorite to win it all.
The third favorite to win the 2011 Sprint Cup title is Kyle Busch at 7/2. This is slightly better than is 9/2 odds after the first eight races. He is currently in third-place in the standings with 379 points and has posted seven top 10’s as well as victories at Bristol and Richmond. Six of those finishes were actually in the top five, tying him with Edwards in that category. Busch’s fast start should come as no surprise as his problems in the past have always been at the end of the season in the Chase, which is comprised of the final 10 races of the season.
Kevin Harvick is the fourth favorite to win it all at 15/2. He is currently fifth in the standings with 362 points; 54 out of first. He took the checkered flag twice this season with back-to-back victories at Fontana and Martinsville. Just about every week, Harvick has been a legitimate threat to win and has an average finishing position this year of 12.3 but his odds to win the title have slipped a bit after being listed at 7/1 at the end of last month.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is enjoying his best season in a number of years and is the fifth-favorite at 9/1. He is fourth in the standings with 364 points but still looking for his first win of the year. Junior has five top 10 finishes this season, but his winless streak reached 105 point races after ending up 12th two weeks ago at Dover. The betting public is still backing up his chances with wagers as he was at 12/1 to win the title at the end of April.
A driver with some solid value in his odds is Matt Kenseth at 14/1. He is in sixth-place in the standings with 342 points. He also joins Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick as the only driver with two wins this season. Kenseth post a victory at Texas in early April and tamed the ‘Monster Mile’ at Dover two weeks ago. He also has two other top five finishes to go along with those wins.
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