Time is running out in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, with just three races left on the schedule starting with Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
And after seven Chase events it's Carl Edwards who sits atop the standings and the NASCAR odds board at . Edwards is holding down an eight-point lead on Tony Stewart in the driver standings, and he's the 10/11 favorite to win the Sprint Cup Championship at the end of the season.
Stewart, who won the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville last time out, is at 6/5 odds at to claim the title this season, with Brad Keselowski at 9/2, and Kevin Harvick at 13/2. Harvick is 21 points back of Edwards in third place in the current standings, while Keselowski is 27 points behind in fourth place.
Matt Kenseth (-36) is at 25/1 to win the Sprint Cup this season, while Jimmie Johnson (-43) is at 40/1 odds as he tries to add another title to his resume. Here's how the contenders stack up on the NASCAR odds board heading into the AAA Texas 500:
Odds to Win 2011 Sprint Cup Championship at as of November 1:
Carl Edwards 10/11
Tony Stewart 6/5
Brad Keselowski 9/2
Kevin Harvick 13/2
Matt Kenseth 25/1
Jimmie Johnson 40/1
Kyle Busch 80/1
Jeff Gordon 100/1
Kurt Busch 100/1
Denny Hamlin 250/1
Hamlin might be out of the Sprint Cup race, but he's the defending champion at the AAA Texas 500 and also won the Samsung Mobile 500 at the track in 2010. Kenseth is the most recent champion at Texas, winning the Samsung Mobile 500 in April.
Edwards will be looking to solidify his spot atop the Chase standings with a win in Fort Worth this weekend, and he's had success on the track in the past as well – Edwards swept the Texas Motor Speedway events during the 2008 season, and he also visited Victory Lane at the venue in the Dickies 500 back in 2005.
The AAA Texas 500 is the eighth of 10 Chase races, with the other two events to be held at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. Watch for complete race odds and other NASCAR wagers for this weekend's event at .