There is a Sprint Cup race to discuss, even if that race is an exhibition where fans help make up rules and race sequencing. The Sprint Unlimited runs a limited race with a limited field. Still, the numbers offer insight into what might happen during the Daytona 500 next week.
There are two, and both earned their spot. Kevin Harvick is 9/1 and the defending Sprint Cup champion. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is also 9/1 and is the defending Daytona 500 champion. For once, I can’t complain about the top end of the field.
The Mob Of Humanity
The interesting point is the pile of drivers, eight in all, sitting at 12/1. Oddsmakers didn’t discern between Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson or Tony Stewart. They did lump in the Team Penske cars and everyone from Joe Gibbs Racing except Carl Edwards, who for some reason is 14/1 with Kyle Larson. Right now, there is no clear cut favorite that relates to the Daytona 500. Maybe one emerges over the weekend.
The Tightening of Numbers
Normally, drivers with little to no chance of winning are 100/1 or worse. That’s not the case for Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited. The highest number on the board is Casey Mears at 66/1. Names like Almirola, Stenhouse and Truex are 40/1. Trevor Bayne’s Daytona 500 win lumped everyone in the field together and limited the chances of getting a Buster Douglas style upset.
Here is how your favorite driver stacks up with the NASCAR odds for Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited. Enjoy real racing, or something close to it, and insert a random catchphrase here.