Sportsbook Website – Sprint Cup Odds on the Board

The first NASCAR race of 2011 is just around the corner and odds are up at the sportsbook website on drivers to win the 2011 Sprint Cup Championship.

It is no surprise to see Jimmie Johnson as the favorite or to see Denny Hamlin as the second choice at SBG. Let’s take a look at the odds at the sportsbook for the 2011 NASCAR season.

2011 Sprint Cup Championship Odds
Jimmie Johnson           3-1
Denny Hamlin             6.5-1
Carl Edwards 7.5-1
Kevin Harvick             9-1
Kyle Busch                 9-1
Tony Stewart 10-1
Jeff Gordon                10-1
Greg Biffle                  14-1
Matt Kenseth  15-1
Clint Bowyer  18-1
Kurt Busch                  18-1
Mark Martin                20-1
Jamie McMurray         25-1
Jeff Burton                  30-1
Joey Logano                30-1
Kasey Kahne   35-1
Juan Montoya 35-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr.       40-1
Brian Vickers  50-1
David Reutimann        50-1
Ryan Newman            50-1
Martin Truex Jr.          75-1
Field (The Rest)          37-1

There is no question that Johnson is the favorite as the five-time defending champion but it is close. Denny Hamlin almost got there last year and he is a threat to do it this year.  Carl Edwards came on strong at the end of last season and actually might be more of a threat to Johnson than Hamlin.

Kevin Harvick was in the picture last year but you never really got the feeling he could win it.  He could take a serious fall this season and is totally overvalued at 9-1. Tony Stewart is also overvalued at 10-1 at the sportsbook.  He hasn’t shown he can win consistently on his own.  You can put Mark Martin in the overrated class as well.  He is a nice guy but he is simply too old to win a championship and his odds of 20-1 are way too low.

Long shot
If you want some value in a long shot then Jamie McMurray could be your driver. He didn’t make the chase last season but he sure was winning races on a regular basis down the stretch.  He is listed at 25-1 and has a lot more value than someone like Martin who is 20-1 at the sportsbook website. Another interesting long shot is Joey Logano at 30-1. He wasn’t going to win much last year with his new team but now he has a year of experience and he could contend in 2011.