Tony Stewart has taken the checkered flag in each of the last two Sprint Cup Series races, and he's now tied with Carl Edwards atop the NASCAR betting board to win the championship with just two events left in the season.
Stewart has earned back-to-back wins at Martinsville and Texas and now sits just three points back of Sprint Cup leader Edwards in the driver standings. Edwards retained the lead by finishing second behind Stewart in the AAA Texas 500 over the weekend.
Kevin Harvick is 33 points behind Edwards in third place in the current Sprint Cup Series standings, with Matt Kenseth 38 points behind in fourth place. Brad Keselowski sits 49 points back of the leader in fifth place, while Jimmie Johnson is 55 points behind in sixth place.
Edwards and Stewart are tied at -120 on the NASCAR odds board at TopBet to win the championship this season, and with the schedule quickly coming to a close the other drivers on the list are longshots – Harvick is at +4000, Kenseth is at +5000, and both Johnson and Keselowski are at +7500.
Odds to Win 2011 Sprint Cup Championship at TopBet as of November 7:
Carl Edwards -120
Tony Stewart -120
Kevin Harvick +4,000
Matt Kenseth +5,000
Jimmie Johnson +7,500
Brad Keselowski +7,500
The two races left on the 2011 Sprint Cup Series schedule are the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway this Sunday afternoon, and the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20.
The first Phoenix race of the season – the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in February – was won by Jeff Gordon, who is 81 points behind Edwards in the Sprint Cup Series standings and out of contention for the championship.
Johnson finished third at that event, while Harvick was fourth, Stewart was seventh, Kenseth was 12th, and Keselowski was 15th. Carl Edwards will be looking to avoid a repeat of his February Phoenix result this weekened – he ended up in 28th place.