It’s finally here.
The 2015 Sprint Cup season ends Sunday with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead. Looking at the NASCAR odds for Sunday’s race, it’s easy to see who oddsmakers think has the best chance to be crowned 2015 Sprint Cup champion.
It’s defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick at 7/2. Harvick has the second best average finish among active drivers at Homstead and is the only repeat driver from last year. Nobody understands the format better or how to manage it.
The second favorite is a surprise. Kyle Busch is 6/1. Busch’s historic 2015 put him in position to race for a Sprint Cup, but Homstead might be Busch’s worst track. There are more than two dozen other drivers with a better average finish. While Busch has never raced for stakes like this, the lack of success makes it surprising to see such a number.
The Other Contenders:
So this is Jeff Gordon’s last race. Gordon is 10/1 with Martin Truex Jr. It’s Gordon who owns a win at Homestead. It’s Truex Jr. with the better average finish.
The names stuck in the middle might be just as exiting to watch Sunday. Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano, who each won during the Chase but don’t get to race for a title, are 7/1. Of the two, it’s Johnson with a better Homestead pedigree.
Then there’s Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth sitting there at 8/1. Kenseth has a win, though it’s fair to wonder if he’ll make it the entire race. It would terrible for a revenge wreck to impact the four drivers contending for a title; it would be crazy to think that’s not something on the minds of several drivers during this final jaunt of the season.. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail.
The Other Names:
In terms of drivers and their average finish at Homestead, the order goes as follows:
- Carl Edwards is 15/1.
- So too is Denny Hamlin.
- Clint Bowyer’s last dance with Michael Waltrip Racing has him at 300/1.
- Tony Stewart finds himself with the same number.
- Kyle Larson is 35/1.
Stewart has three career wins at Homestead; only Greg Biffle has as many wins; Biffle is also 300/1 this weekend. And from the mandatory Dale Earnhardt Jr. column mention department, the No. 88 is 20/1 after last week’s win at Phoenix.
Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up in the NASCAR odds for Sunday’s Ford Eco Boost 400. Enjoy the final week of the 2015 Sprint Cup season, and insert a random catchphrase here.