NASCAR's second season is finally here. The NASCAR odds are out for the Chicagoland 400, and while there are some surprising names at the top, some of the sport's biggest starts find themselves with some of the biggest numbers of their 2015 Sprint Cup season. The Favorites: It's Kevin Harvick at 9/2. For months, I've written about Harvick's lack of success at other tracks. There's no such issue at Chicagoland. Harvick is fourth among active drivers in terms of average finish. He owns two wins and has nine top 5 finishes in just 14 career starts. Harvick should be in contention Sunday. It's also telling to see the four other drivers that intrigue NASCAR oddsmakers. Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are all 6/1. Joey Logano is 7/1. Kurt Busch is 8/1. There's separation from the rest of the Chase field. There's also past success in play. Only Logano is outside the top 10 in terms of average finish. The Contenders: For those interested in the Joe Gibbs Racing vs. The Field argument, Carl Edwards is 10/1, and Denny Hamlin is 12/1. Neither is in the top 10 in terms of average finish. It's tough not to consider either based on the last three months. For those wondering if Hendrick Motorsports still exists, Jimmie Johnson is second among active drivers in terms of average finish. He is 12/1 and begging for respect. Dale Earnhardt Jr. does well at Michigan, which is similar to Chicagoland, and is 25/1. Only five times has Jeff Gordon finished worse than 10th at Chicagoland. He is 30/1. The Long Shots: Here are three crazy names to consider Sunday:
- I don't know what Tony Stewart has left, but he owns the highest average finishing spot among active drivers and is 100/1.
- I don't know what Michael Waltrip Racing has left in its final ten races, but it would be quite the story if Clint Bowyer could win at 100/1.
- I don't know what Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has at all, but he's 500/1 and runs better here than anywhere but Bristol.
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