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Updated NASCAR odds just came out for the 2015 Sprint Cup. As the Chase nears, chasing the numbers now looks a whole lot more interesting.
It’s Kevin Harvick, barely. Harvick is 4/1 in large part because he’s finished first or second in nearly half the races this 2015 Sprint Cup season. Harvick also had a historic run during last year’s Chase. There’s no reason to think Harvick won’t be a factor at Homestead.
In spite of Harvick’s run, Kyle Busch is hot on those heels and sits at 9/2. Busch is in the midst of a historic run, but Chase tracks haven’t always been fond to Busch. Plus, Busch doesn’t have the luxury of running at those tracks earlier in the year because of that broken leg. There are red flags, but it’s hard to go against the checkered flags Busch amassed in the sumer of 2015.
Oddsmakers see little difference between Joey Logano and the driver who replaced Logano at Joe Gibbs Racing, Matt Kenseth. Both are 6/1.
Here’s where the numbers get strange. Martin Truex Jr. is ahead of Jimmie Johnson. Really. Truex Jr. is 15/2, and Johnson is 8/1. For those two drivers and teams to be on the same playing field says something about how crazy good the Truex Jr. story is and how crazy perplexing Hendrick Motorsports has been the last two months.
From there, it’s a giant lump at 10/1 and 12/1 featuring names like Keselowski, Edwards, Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin and Busch.
The Long Shots:
Jeff Gordon went from should have raced at Homestead to afterthought. At 30/1, oddsmakers don’t see Gordon riding into retirement/FOX with another Sprint Cup title.
The other interesting name here is Ryan Newman. Last year, Newman snuck into the Chase, raced the points game and nearly won the Sprint Cup title. This year, Newman repeated the first half of that equation. He’s 75/1.
Nothing would surprise me in the 2015 Chase. Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up in the 2015 Sprint Cup title odds; enjoy the possibilities (and final off week) and insert a random catchphrase here.