So everything in Texas is supposed to be bigger, or so NASCAR fans have heard 554,467,921 times before.
The 2014 Sprint Cup season seems to embody this theme. Big sponsor. Big track. Big list of options for Sunday’s Duck Commander 500.
Deep Playing Pool:
Normally there are one or two clear race favorites, then a second tier. Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 is one big pool. Jimmie Johnson is the favorite at 5/1. Five drivers are at 10/1 or less. That’s far more than normal.
What might surprise Sprint Cup fans is that Joey Logano is part of that club. While points aren’t as important under the new scoring system, Logano would Chase. While many have considered Logano the next great Sprint Cup driver, the odds are starting to suggest that time could be sooner rather than later.
Big Names and Big Numbers:
There’s a deeper pool at 10/1 or better. Then there’s everyone else. Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch are all 20/1 or worse. Say what you want about the points system, but Carl Edwards is ten points behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kurt Busch won last week. Clint Bowyer works with the Duck Dynasty people sponsoring the race. Maybe this is opportunity. Maybe this is easy money.
Dream A Texas Dream:
Aric Almirola has put together a few good races in a row. Marcos Ambrose would make the Chase six weeks into the 2014 Sprint Cup Season. Will either of these things hold up for 20 more races? Who knows. Are both 200/1? I know. Neither may win this week, but either could create quite the payday for someone later this 2014 Sprint Cup season.
Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up. Enjoy bigger racing in a state that likes being bigger, and insert an additional random catchphrase here.