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Truex Jr. in Pole Position on Monster Energy Cup Oddsboard

After a couple of inconsistent months on the track, Martin Truex Jr. has found his groove. The No. 78 Toyota has been near unstoppable with seven top-six finishes, included two victories, in the past 10 races. On the season as a whole, Truex is the leader in victories, driver points, playoff bonus points, stage wins, laps led and five other major categories.

Of course, this has made Truex a +350 favorite to win the  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. With seven races to go until the postseason, it appears that nobody will be able to catch him if he continues to rack up playoff points.

If one racer has been able to compete with Truex so far this season, it has been Kyle Larson. The No. 42 Chevrolet is the only car within 100 points of Truex and is tied for the lead for most top-five finishes (nine). However, Larson and his pit crew continue to fail inspections, something that has cost the team points on several occasions. Maybe it isn’t a terrible idea to test the limits of the inspection process but, with the postseason quickly approaching, this issue needs to be addressed.

Denny Hamlin (+1100) finds himself heating up at the right time but what else is new? The Joe Gibbs Racing member has finished fourth or better in four of the past five races and took the checkered flag in New Hampshire this past weekend. The No. 11 Toyota hasn’t been the fastest this season — really none of the JGR team has been — but Hamlin always races his best in the postseason.

Odds to Win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 2017 Championship
  • Martin Truex Jr. #78 +350
  • Jimmie Johnson #48 +500
  • Kyle Larson #42 +500
  • Kyle Busch #18 +550
  • Brad Keselowski #2 +750
  • Kevin Harvick #4 +800
  • Denny Hamlin #11 +1100
  • Chase Elliott #24 +1600
  • Joey Logano #22 +1800
  • Matt Kenseth #20 +2500
  • Ryan Blaney #21 +3500
  • Clint Bowyer #14 +4000
  • Kurt Busch #41 +5500
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 +6000
  • Jamie McMurray #1 +7500
  • Ryan Newman #31 +8000
  • Erik Jones #77 +10000
  • Austin Dillon #3 +10000
  • Daniel Suarez #19 +10000
  • Kasey Kahne #5 +12500
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 +15000

Odds as of July 21 at Intertops 

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It took awhile for him to get going, but a strong April has vaulted Jimmie Johnson to the top of the Monster Energy Cup oddsboard with odds of +500 to repeat as NASCAR’s cup series champion. It took Johnson five races to land a top-10 finish, but he finally hit his stride in April when he won back-to-back races. Johnson now ranks third in the Cup standings, behind Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski.

Truex is offering nice value at +750 when you consider how consistent he’s been this season. Already with two wins and seven top-10 finishes, the team Furniture Row Racing driver will be looking to win his first ever cup series championship. He finished 11th in 2016, with his best-ever result coming in 2015 when he finished fourth.

The same can be said for Keselowski, whose odds also sit at +750. He’s been red-hot the past few weeks with three consecutive top-10 finishes and has been dynamite, in general, this season with two wins, three second-place finishes and nine top-10 finishes. The 33-year-old was the 2012 cup series champ but had a disappointing showing last season, finishing 12th.

Kevin Harvick, who entered this season as the favorite, continues to be overvalued at +700 which puts him at second on the oddsboard. Harvick is still without a win on the season but has shown some signs of life with top-five finishes in four of his last five races. He’s currently sixth in the Monster Energy Cup standings.

Here’s a complete look at the oddsboard:

Odds to Win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 2017 Championship
  • Jimmie Johnson #48 +500
  • Kevin Harvick #4 +700
  • Joey Logano #22 +700
  • Kyle Busch #18 +700
  • Brad Keselowski #2 +750
  • Martin Truex Jr. #78 +750
  • Kyle Larson #42 +800
  • Chase Elliott #24 +1000
  • Denny Hamlin #11 +1600
  • Matt Kenseth #20 +2000
  • Clint Bowyer #14 +2000
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 +3300
  • Kurt Busch #41 +3300
  • Ryan Blaney #21 +3300
  • Ryan Newman #31 +5000
  • Kasey Kahne #5 +5000
  • Erik Jones #77 +6600
  • Daniel Suarez #19 +6600
  • Austin Dillon #3 +10000

Odds as of May 19 at Bovada 

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It hasn’t been the start to 2017 that Kevin Harvick, or his fans, would have liked to see but that hasn’t stopped the 2014 Cup Series champion from being the favorite to win the Monster Energy Cup at most sportsbooks.

The No. 4 Ford Driver has yet to finish a race inside the top five in six starts on the NASCAR Monster Energy Series circuit so far this year but has been pegged as the +120 favorite over at Intertops  to finish out 2017 on top. While Harvick has a lot of winning experience as a 41-year-old, 18-year veteran of the sport, the task placed in front of him seems ambitious and this line stinks.

Let’s take a look a little farther down the list to see if there’s a price that’s a little more easily digested.

Kyle Larson, who currently leads the Monster Energy Cup in points, can be booked at a price of +160. As well as taking the checkered flag at the Auto Club 400, the Chevy driver has finished in the top five in four of the six starts he’s made and could be primed for his first ever NASCAR Cup win after a 2016 circuit in which he finished ninth in the standings – his best career placing.

Another interesting name to keep in mind is Brad Keselowski, the 2012 Cup Series champion. With two Monster Energy Series wins already under his belt this year, the Ford driver is the only man so far to grace the winner’s circle twice in 2017. You can bet him at a price of +130 and considering Keselowski has crossed the checkered line in fifth place or better in every race he’s finished, he could be your best bet.

As for value, and I use that term very loosely, you may want to take a look at 23-year-old Ryan Blaney at +900. The third-year Ford driver has finished inside the top 10 on three occasions in 2017 and sits just 89 points back of Larson in the overall standings. Blaney finished up 2016 right in the middle of the pack at 20th overall but has been getting exponentially better results every year he’s been on the NASCAR circuit.

Here’s the full list of odds:

Odds to Win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 2017 Championship
Kevin Harvick+120
Brad Keselowski+130
Kyle Busch +140
Joey Logano+140
Jimmie Johnson+160
Martin Truex Jr. +160
Kyle Larson+160
Chase Elliott+180
Denny Hamlin+240
Matt Kenseth+320
Dale Earnhardt Jr.+360
Kurt Busch+440
Clint Bowyer+500
Ryan Newman+660
Erik Jones+800
Ryan Blaney+900
Kasey Kahne+1000
Daniel Suarez+1000
Austin Dillon+1320
Jamie McMurray+1320
A. J. Allmendinger+2000

Odds as of April 7 at Intertops 

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With the Daytona 500 right around the bend, oddsmakers have updated the futures odds for the new NASCAR season. If you’re out of the left-turn loop, the name of this article may look a little goofy to you as NASCAR has changed sponsorship and consequently renamed the Sprint Cup Series the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship Series. That may be a mouthful to say but with the engines revving up, there’s a fistful of cash to be won.

The last ever winner of the Cup Series, under its old name, is defending champ Jimmie Johnson. This 41-year-old Chevy driver is being offered as the second favorite to win the cup again this year and has +700 odds at Bovada. Johnson is now a seven-time winner of the award so it’s no surprise to see him near the top of the list once again.

Right ahead of Johnson we have 2014 winner Kevin Harvick in the pole position at +650. Harvick is now 42 years of age and will want to make hay while the sun is still shining. He’ll look to get his season started in the right direction at Daytona, a place he won back in 2010 and 2007.

Rounding out the top 10 we have Joey Logano (+850), Kyle Busch (+850), Martin Truex Jr. (+850), Brad Keselowski (+1100), Chase Elliott (+1200), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+1300) – yes, that Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Denny Hamlin (+1300) and Matt Kenseth (+1300).

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is now 42 years old and is coming off a season in which he missed the final 18 races due to a concussion. Junior has won the cup series just once in his career – in his first season as a full-time driver – and hasn’t finished higher than fifth since 2003. With four career wins at Daytona and six at Talladega, he is known as a big-race driver. If he wins the first race on this year’s circuit, his price will go way up so if you want to take a flyer on the Chevy driver, you should do it now.

Here’s the full list of odds heading into the first race of the year:

Odds to Win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 2017 Championship
Kevin Harvick+650
Jimmie Johnson+700
Joey Logano+850
Kyle Busch +850
Martin Truex Jr. +850
Brad Keselowski+1100
Chase Elliott+1200
Dale Earnhardt Jr.+1300
Denny Hamlin+1300
Matt Kenseth+1300
Clint Bowyer+2200
Kyle Larson+2200
Erik Jones+2700
Kurt Busch+2700
Kasey Kahne+3300
Austin Dillon+4400
Ryan Blaney+9000
A. J. Allmendinger+10000
Jamie McMurray+10000
Ryan Newman+10000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.+30000
Ty Dillon+30000
Chris Buescher+50000
Danica Patrick+50000
Aric Almirola+50000
Paul Menard+50000
Trevor Bayne+50000
David Ragan+50000