Sprint Cup Odds: STP 400

The Sprint Cup Series unveils a new race for NASCAR bettors this weekend with the inaugural STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.

The addition of the STP 400 to the Sprint Cup Series schedule gives Kansas two races this season (the Hollywood Casino 400 comes later in the year during the Chase). That means NASCAR bettors will have some history from Kansas to look at when making their picks this weekend.

Last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway Kevin Harvick stole what looked like a sure win away from Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Junior ran out of gas on the final lap. That was Harvick's third win of the season and all three have come off passes late in the race. Harvick has never won at Kansas in 10 career starts and he's a +1100 underdog on the NASCAR odds at 5Dimes to make it back-to-back victories this weekend.

The favorite at 5Dimes this weekend is Sprint Cup points leader Carl Edwards at +540. Edwards has never won at Kansas but he has come close on numerous occasions, including a second-place finish in 2008. In his last six starts at Kansas Edwards has finished in the Top 10 five times, and before finishing 16th last week at Charlotte Edwards had finished in the Top 10 in his last five races this season.

The last time NASCAR raced at Kansas in last year's Price Chopper 400 Greg Biffle claimed the checkered flag. That was Biffle's second career win at Kansas as he also visited Victory Lane in 2007. On the NASCAR odds at 5Dimes this week Biffle is higher than usual at +975, which is likely because of his strong history on the track. Not only has Biffle won twice at Kansas but he also has six Top-3 finishes in his last seven starts.

Along with Biffle other active drivers with multiple wins at Kansas are Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon. Stewart won at Kansas in 2006 and 2009 but is a +1300 underdog to add a third victory this weekend after failing to record a win on the series so far this season.

Gordon won the two races held at Kansas in 2001 and 2002. Gordon broke a long winless streak earlier this season at Phoenix but since then he has only one Top 10 finish in 10 starts to drop to 16th in the driver standings. That's why Gordon is a +1650 underdog this weekend and may not be worth the risk for bettors.

Odds to Win the STP 400 (5Dimes)

Carl Edwards +540
Jimmie Johnson +750
Kyle Busch +850
Greg Biffle +975
Matt Kenseth +975
Kevin Harvick +1100
Denny Hamlin +1100
Tony Stewart +1300
Jeff Gordon +1650
Dale Earnhardt Jr. +2050
Clint Bowyer +2200
Kasey Kahne +2550
Joey Logano +3100
Kurt Busch +3100
Jeff Burton +3100
Mark Martin +3800
David Ragan +4100
Juan Pablo Montoya +4300
Marcos Ambrose +5300
Brian Vickers +5300
Jamie McMurray +5300
Martin Truex Jr. +5500
AJ Allmendinger +6500
David Reutimann +6500