NASCAR Quicken Loans Las Vegas Odds: Denny Hamlin can Reapeat
Sunday, June 17, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Denny Hamlin is easily the one to beat this week when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its first visit of the season to Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400. Hamlin is the 9/1 second-favorite on Bovada Sportsbook’s NASCAR Quicken Loans Las Vegas Odds.
Hamlin, a winner at Phoenix and Kansas earlier this year, is looking to join Bill Elliott as the only drivers to win the Quicken Loans 400 three years in a row. Hamlin started 10th last year but edged Matt Kenseth for his fifth Top-5 finish overall in 12 races at Michigan. His average finish of 12.1 at the track is only fifth-best, however.
The best average finish at Michigan belongs to Carl Edwards (10/1) at 8.2. He has two wins at the track, including this race in 2007, and nine top-five results overall. Edwards, who finished fifth in this race a year ago, is still looking for his first victory of 2012.
Kenseth (17/2) is the new points leader and has a good track record at Michigan with two wins and 11 top-five finishes in 25 races. His average finish of 9.5 is second only to Edwards. Perhaps this is the week Jeff Gordon (11/1) returns to Victory Lane. He has two wins at Michigan and leads all active drivers with 18 top-five finishes.
And this could be the week for Dale Earnhardt Jr. (19/2) to finally win again. Junior, who is on a 143-race winless streak, won here on Father’s Day in 2008 to end a 76-race winless skid. That was his last victory and only one with Hendrick Motorsports. Earnhardt’s eighth-place finish last week vaulted him team back into second place in the standings. He trails Kenseth by 10 points but leads the Sprint Cup series with 11 Top-10 finishes in 14 starts.
Jimmie Johnson (6/1) is a favorite pretty much every week but he remains winless at Michigan in 20 starts. He does have three top-five finishes. Greg Biffle has two wins in his career at Michigan and a series-best driver rating of 106.5. And Kurt Busch (60/1) returns from a one-week suspension for the Quicken Loans 400. Busch has two wins at Michigan and won the pole for last year’s race (and the year before) but finished 11th. Last week at Pocono, Joey Logano became the first driver to win a Sprint Cup race in 31 events.
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