2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup and AdvoCare 500 Las Vegas Odds
Friday, August 31, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
With the Chase for the Sprint Cup getting underway on September 16 there are only two races left before the NASCAR playoffs begin, including this weekend's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which is set to get underway at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
And with the start of the Chase looming there's precious little time left for drivers to move into a playoff position and give themselves a chance to pay off on the NASCAR Futures Las Vegas Odds.
As it stands, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart hold down the Top 10 spots in the driver standings, and if the Chase started today they would be the automatic qualifiers.
Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch then sit in the two Wild Card positions for the Chase; Kahne has more wins than any other driver outside the Top 10 with two, and he's also just 16 points behind Stewart for 10th place in the standings heading into Atlanta. Busch has just one win this season, but sits 13th in points on the season.
That leaves 12th-place Carl Edwards as the driver most desperate for a win on Sunday – he can take over Busch's Wild Card spot with his first trip to Victory Lane of the season this weekend. Edwards has won at Atlanta in the past – in 2008, and twice back in 2005.
14th-place Jeff Gordon and 15th-place Ryan Newman will also be gunning for the win on Sunday to try to catch Busch for a Wild Card berth. Gordon is the defending champion at the AdvoCare 500 and has won five times at Atlanta overall. Newman has taken the pole at Cup events in Atlanta seven times in his career but has no victories on the track.
On the Sprint Cup Futures Las Vegas Odds right now it's Johnson as the 9/4 favorite at Bovada Sportsbook to win the title this year, followed by Earnhardt Jr., Biffle, and Stewart at 8/1, Keselowski and Kahne at 9/1, Hamlin at 10/1, and Kenseth at 12/1. Busch sits at 14/1 on that list, with Gordon at 18/1, Edwards back at 40/1, and Newman at 50/1.
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