Sprint Cup teams just started testing at Daytona, and odds are already available for who will win the 2014 Sprint Cup.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Jimmie Johnson is the overwhelming favorite at 2/1. Some of the other numbers are far more surprising and might change how you think about the 2014 season. Here are three things to consider:
Go Gibbs Go
Kyle Busch is 6/1 Matt Kenseth is 7/1. Neither of those numbers are a stunner, as Busch is a more widely known and polarizing driver. But check out Denny Hamlin at 8/1. That’s the fourth best number of any Sprint Cup driver, better than Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick. Hamlin did win at Homestead, but 2013 was a disaster otherwise. For him to be at 8/1 is a testament to Joe Gibbs Racing and what people believe the team is capable of.
Roush Fenway Racing is known for having hot and cold years. It’s fair to say last year was cold. The numbers for Roush Fenway Racing haven’t heated up at all. There are 12 drivers considered a bigger favorite to take home the 2014 Sprint Cup than any Roush Fenway Driver. One of them is Joey Logano. Carl Edwards finds himself at 20/1. Greg Biffle is 30/1. Ricky Stenhouse is 100/1.
Hashing Out Haas
The story everyone will write about during the NASCAR Media Tour is how well Stewart Haas Racing will or won’t get along. Sure Danica Patrick is 1000/1, but the initial numbers look promising. Tony Stewart is 15/1. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch are 18/1. Maybe this is why Gene Haas is thinking about Formula 1.
Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up. Enjoy what’s left of the offseason, and insert random catchphrase here.