Odds to Win the NASCAR STP 400: Jimmie Johnson top Favorite
Saturday, April 21, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
One can’t argue that Hendrick Motorsports has the best driver talent and most resources of any NASCAR Sprint Cup team. But that team also has now gone 13 straight races without a victory dating to last season.
Johnson won the fall race last October at Kansas for owner Rick Hendrick’s 199th career victory. So perhaps it would be fitting to get No. 200 at the same track, a 1.5-mile oval. The winless drought is the longest for Hendrick since the latter part of the 2002 season and the beginning of 2003, when the team went 15 races without a victory.
Johnson, who finished runner-up last week at Texas, leads all drivers with 501 laps led at Kansas and is tied with Jeff Gordon for the most Top 10s there with nine.
Greg Biffle, last week’s winner and the points leader, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart all opened as the second-favorites at 8/1. Biffle has six consecutive Top-10 finishes at Kansas. Last week’s victory was his first since winning at Kansas in 2010; he also won there in 2007 for the first of his 17 Sprint Cup victories.
In 12 races at Kansas, Kenseth has yet to win but has six Top-10 finishes. Stewart, the only driver with two victories this year, has two career wins at Kansas, tying Johnson, Biffle and Gordon for the most there. Gordon is 9/1 to win this week.
Is this the week that Carl Edwards’ 40-race winless drought ends? Edwards (10/1) has been passed for the final lead change in two of the past five races at Kansas. His best result at the track was finishing second to Johnson in 2008. Brad Keselowski (14/1) is the defending champion of this race and the only driver not named Biffle, Johnson or Stewart to win in the past seven races at Kansas.
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