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NASCAR Odds Rundown

Johnson claims pole position for third straight championship

No one has won three consecutive championships in NASCAR’s top series since Cale
Yarborough from 1976-78, but NASCAR betting is pegging Jimmie Johnson to roll to title #3 by
the end of the final race at Homestead-Miami.

Bank of America 500 – Lowe’s Motor Speedway

NASCAR odds have Johnson as a +425 favorite to take the checkered flag at his sponsor’s track,
where he has five career wins and a finishing average of 9.1, second only to Carl Edwards. Tony
Stewart is also going for his second consecutive win after a controversial victory at Talladega,
and could be a solid value pick with NASCAR odds of +1200, as the No.20 driver is probably
the streakiest racer in NASCAR.

TUMS QuickPak 500 – Martinsville Speedway

Yet another track that Johnson excels at, the No.48 driver’s average finish of 6.0 is the best
among active drivers and he has won four times, including a sweep of both races last year.
NASCAR betting will probably make Johnson the favorite again this week, but you will also get
good value for NASCAR odds on Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Stewart, who round out the
top four in finishing averages at NASCAR’s smallest track.

Pep Boys Auto 500 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

Surprise, surprise: Johnson leads all active drivers with a 9.6 finishing average at Atlanta, and
two of his three wins here came last season. NASCAR odds will probably favor the No.48 team
to pull through again, but value picks include Stewart and Gordon again, as well as Dale
Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards, who finished second to Johnson last year.

Dickies 500 – Texas Motor Speedway

Stop us if you have heard this before: Johnson has the highest finishing average among active
drivers at this track, coming in at 8.5. His first win at Texas came last year in a thrilling side-by-
side duel with Matt Kenseth, who is second with a 10.2 finishing average and will be a great
value pick in NASCAR betting. You can also consider Stewart, Earnhardt Jr. and Hamlin.

Checker O’Reilly Parts 500 – Phoenix International Raceway

Johnson wrapped up a four-race winning streak here last year, boosting his NASCAR-best
finishing average of 6.0. Considering his history, it would be a huge upset of sorts if Johnson was
not given the best NASCAR odds here, whether he is leading the Chase or not. Other drivers to
watch for at Phoenix in terms of NASCAR betting are Gordon, Stewart, and Mark Martin (if he
races this week).

Ford 400 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

Finally, a track Johnson does not lead in finishing average. That distinction goes to Edwards at
7.8, while Johnson’s is 13.4. If all goes according to NASCAR odds, though, Johnson will
probably need only a decent finish to secure the title, as NASCAR betting has made him a big
favorite at -125 to win the championship. You can bet on Jimmie Johnson and the No.48 team to
take home the Sprint Cup for Hendrick Motorsports.