Phoenix is the strangest race of the 2014 Sprint Cup season.
Teams spend months trying to get everything right for Daytona. The second the race ends, it’s time to move to Phoenix and a totally different style or racing. Teams aren’t the only ones making a transition as oddsmakers have to quick react as well. This might explain some of the numbers for Sunday’s race.
Who Won Daytona Again?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his second victory in the Great American Race, but Denny Hamlin is the driver who received the biggest bump. Hamlin is 7/1 Sunday. Only Jimmie Johnson, who owns this track by the way, has better numbers at 6/1.
Don’t discount the #88, which sits at 10/1. Only five drivers have a better number for Sunday.
Over the last five years, Carl Edwards has two wins at Phoenix. Only four drivers have a better average finish among active drivers at Phoenix. Both were relevant at Daytona. Edwards is 16/1. Biffle is 33/1. This seems like great value for those wanting to legally wager on the race.
So Much For Young Blood
At Daytona, everyone has a chance. Just ask Trevor Bayne a few years ago. Now that the 2014 Sprint Cup tour takes us to several different locations, the range of odds will start to expand.
Daytona 500 pole sitter Austin Dillon finds himself at 50/1. Kyle Larson is 100/1. Danica Patrick is 250/1. In all, 14 drivers find themselves at 40/1 or worse, including intriguing options Brian Vickers and Martin Truex Jr.
The biggest race of the NASCAR year is 51 weeks away. The next race of the NASCAR year is two days away. Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up.