Monday, February 12, 2007

2007 Nextel Cup Odds

As we get ready for Daytona 500 to kick off the 2007 season of the NASCAR Nextel Cup season on sunday, here are the current odds for winner of the Nextel Cup. My picks last year were not too bad as Jimmy Johnson took the crown. who will it be this year? I'd love to hear your thoughts. These odds are courtesy of

9-2 Tony Stewart
5-1 Jimmy Johnson
7-1 Matt Kenseth
8-1 Jeff Gordon
9-1 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
12-1 Kevin Harvick
12-1 Kasey Khane
15-1 Greg Biffle
15-1 Denny Hamlin
17-1 Carl Edwards
22-1 Jeff Burton
25-1 Kyle Busch
30-1 Kurt Busch
33-1 Casey Mears
35-1 Ryan Newman
40-1 The Field (any other driver)
50-1 Clint Bowyer
50-1 Juan Pablo Montoya
70-1 Jamie McMurray
70-1 Martin Truex Jr.
70-1 Scott Riggs
75-1 Dale Jarrett
75-1 Elliot Sadler
85-1 Brian Vickers
90-1 Bobby Labonte
100-1 Reed Sorensen

My take on these odds: clearly the field has separated this year with fewer drivers as favorties. Hard to argue against the old standard trio of Gordon, Johnson and Stewart. Its probably better tan 2-1 odds that one of these 3 are going to win it. I'd love to see Kahne, Dale Jr. and Harvick win but I'm afraid its more wishful thinking than anything. Echoing the same thing I said last year about Kurt Busch, who is a past champion, is definitely a great underdog bet at 30-1. His younger brother Kyle is a great bet as well at 25-1. My money might be on Ryan Newman at 35-1 to finally do something this year. Again, don't take the field on this one. We are talking about a championship, not just a single race. It is virtually impossible to beat out all these talented veterans to win the entire cup.

Get ready to start those engines....