NASCAR’s offseason is officially over.
The Sprint Unlimited rules finally leaked. Teams have Daytona plans in place. All teams find themselves equally excited. Most importantly, the 2015 Sprint Cup title lines are live. Here’s why some of that excitement might be muted for Sprint Cup teams and fans.
Jimmie Johnson leads the pack at 9/2. This shouldn’t surprise anyone because of the six titles. Defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick is next in line at 6/1. He’s earned that line. The next three names are surprising for different reasons.
- The Brad Keselowski payback factor makes 7/1 a bit surprising.
- The Jeff Gordon retirement title at 7/1 would just be cool.
- The Joey Logano “So close, so far” comeback story at 8/1 would surprise me to no end.
FYI, there are no Toyota teams in single digits.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in it at 15/1 right next to Denny Hamlin.
What’s strange is Hamlin is the one who ran at Homestead, yet he has the highest odds of any Joe Gibbs Racing driver. Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch are all in a lump at 12/1.
After those ten drivers, everyone else is 25/1 or worse. Kyle Larson leads the group that features Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart. I guess big names do draw better numbers.
The Ryan Newman factor is something any Sprint Cup fan should watch all year. I thought numbers would tighten as drivers felt more comfortable taking risks in races to make the Chase, then drivers would pull in the reigns like Newman to get into Homestead.
So far, this theory doesn’t impact the numbers a bit. Newman and Clint Bowyer are 40/1. Greg Biffle leads Roush Fenway Racing at 50/1 (his teammates are 300/1), and Austin Dillon is 60/1. While it might be possible to sneak your way into Homestead, oddsmakers aren’t sweating it yet.
Here’s how your favorite drivers stacks up in the 2015 Sprint Cup title odds; enjoy the last weekend without racing for a while, and insert a random catchphrase here.