NASCAR Pocono 400 Las Vegas Odds: Denny Hamlin top Favorite
Saturday, June 09, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
The NASCAR Sprint Cup series makes its first of two visits this summer to the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway tri-oval for Sunday afternoon’s Pocono 400 and Denny Hamlin opened as the 15/4 favorite on Bovada Sportsbook’s NASCAR Pocono 400 Las Vegas Odds.
Drivers will have to adjust to the repaved track and also to a shorter race as it was reduced 100 miles this year. Hamlin totally owns this track. In 12 career starts at Pocono, he has an average finish of 9.7, second to Jimmie Johnson, with four wins, eight Top-10 finishes and 639 laps led. Hamlin, who is fourth in this season’s points race, has two wins this season: at Phoenix and Kansas. He last won this race in 2010.
No driver is hotter than Johnson (4/1), who won May 12 at Darlington, a week later in the All-Star Race in Charlotte and then last week at Dover. Johnson and teammate Jeff Gordon had the two fastest cars at Dover. But Johnson won going away, having led 289 of 400 laps, because Gordon had to make an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 250 to tighten a loose wheel. Johnson has two wins and eight top-five finishes in his career at Pocono and the best average finish of 9.0.
Tony Stewart is looking for his second victory of the season and is at 15/2. Bu the reigning points champion is struggling with three finishes of 24th or worse in the last four races. But Stewart also loves this track with two wins and nine top-five finishes (the most of any driver) in 26 career races at Pocono.
Gordon (19/2) is tied with Bill Elliott for the most victories all time at Pocono with five. Last June, Gordon led most of the final 40 laps in edging out polesitter Kurt Busch. Gordon, who has 17 top-five finishes at the track, first won at Pocono in 1996. He won again in 1997 and 1998, then a rain-shortened race in 2007. Gordon, looking for his first win of 2012, has the third-best average finish at Pocono at 10.2. Busch, by the way, isn’t in the field this week after being suspended by NASCAR (again) for one race for berating a reporter last week.
Perhaps one streak will end this week: No driver has won from the pole in 30 consecutive races dating to Ryan Newman winning at New Hampshire last July.