2012 SPRINT CUP CHAMPION ODDS

2012 Sprint Cup odds…oh how I’ve missed you.

The numbers are out. And even though there have been three whopping days of testing at Daytona, the numbers will surprise you. Here are three driver ranked too high and too low.

Tony Stewart at 5/1: Too High
Stewart’s 2011 Chase is movie material. Maybe straight to HBO, but movies are movies.

If it took history to get Stewart his third trophy, why would he be a favorite to repeat? Cinderellas don’t repeat. Not even if they hang out with Erik Estrada….

Jimmie Johnson at 7/1: Too Low
Four drivers ahead of a five-time champion. Did you see how well Hendrick cars tested at Daytona? Don’t poke a big bear with a short stick, or in this case a bearded man wearing Lowe’s gear.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 20/1: Too High

If a driver hadn’t won in 110 straight starts, would you consider him a contender? The #88 will win a race this year. A title? Easy money for the house.

Kasey Kahne at 20/1: Too Low

Kahne ended as one of racing’s hottest drivers. My wife says he’s always been hot. This worries me. What doesn’t is better equipment, renewed confidence and no pressure to be the guy.

Paul Menard at 80/1: Too High
Really….who makes this bet?

Kyle Busch at 15/1: Too Low

Busch maybe hasn’t choked in the Chase. He has stunk.

There’s not a driver out there who will be favored to win more this year than Busch. Talent isn’t the issue. Equipment isn’t the issue. If the annual “Kyle Busch has changed for the better” story ESPN does is actually true, Busch should be the favorite to win the Sprint Cup.

Here’s what The Spread thinks about your favorite driver. We don’t need an iPhone to know Daytona is coming soon. Now insert random catchphrase here.

Odds to win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship
Tony Stewart 5/1
Carl Edwards 5/1
Kevin Harvick 6/1
Matt Kenseth 6/1
Jimmie Johnson 7/1
Brad Keselowski 10/1
Jeff Gordon 15/1
Kyle Busch 15/1
Denny Hamlin 20/1
Ryan Newman 20/1
Kurt Busch 20/1
Kasey Kahne 20/1
Clint Bowyer 20/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr 20/1
Jeff Burton 30/1
Greg Biffle 50/1
Paul Menard 80/1
Martin Truex Jr 80/1
Jamie McMurray 80/1
Brian Vickers 80/1
Joey Logano 80/1
David Ragan 80/1
Mark Martin 80/1
Juan Pablo Montoya 80/1
A.J. Allmendinger 80/1
David Reutimann 100/1
Marcos Ambrose 100/1
Bobby Labonte 1500/1
Casey Mears 1500/1
Regan Smith 1500/1
David Gilliland 1500/1
Field 1500/1