Johnson is not dominating this season in NASCAR but he still gets a lot of respect in online betting. Kyle Busch is the second choice to win this week at 5-1.
Internet betting odds also list Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin with single-digit odds this week. The race at Michigan on Sunday will be televised by TNT. The defending champion is Mark Martin while Brian Vickers is the defending pole winner. Martin was able to win last year even though he started from the 32nd position. Jeff Gordon finished second and he started 27th. Denny Hamlin rounded out the top three. Two years ago it was Dale Earnhardt Jr. getting the win while Carl Edwards won in 2007. There has been a different winner of this race the last 11 years. Mark Martin is the last repeat winner as he won last year and in 1998. Last year’s win for Martin was his first at Michigan since he won in 1997 and in 1998. Martin owned this track in the 1990’s with four wins. Martin has yet to win this season but he is still in the Top 12 in points and he is definitely a threat to win based on his past success at Michigan. Last year it was Jimmie Johnson dominating this race but he ran out of fuel with just over a lap remaining. Greg Biffle also ran out of gas and that allowed Martin to win.
Jeff Gordon has low Internet betting odds this week but he has only two wins in 34 starts at Michigan. Johnson is even worse. He has never won in 16 tries. Michigan is one of five tracks where Johnson does not have a win. The drivers that should be in contention this week are Denny Hamlin and the Busch brothers. Hamlin actually has some value at 7-1 this week. Since it might be another different winner this week, Kyle Busch and Hamlin should be battling for the win. Biffle might have a little bit of value as well since he did well in this race last year until running out of gas. Biffle is 17.5 to 1 in online betting NASCAR odds.