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Auto Club 400 Betting Preview

Kyle Busch was expected to be the favorite to upend five-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, but it's brother Kurt who has four Top-10 finishes coming into this weekend’s Auto Club 400 from the Speedway in Fontana, California.

Johnson is the defending champion and is at 7/2 odds at Sportsbook.ag to collect the checkered flag in the 2011 version of the race. Johnson has a pair of Top-5 finishes this season and sits 20 points back of leader Kurt Busch (15/1) in the overall NASCAR driver standings.

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Jeff Byrd 500 NASCAR Betting

Jimmie Johnson is the defending Sprint Cup champion and the early-season favorite to claim a sixth straight series title. He will also most likely be a favorite when the drivers of NASCAR take to the track for the Jeff Byrd 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 20.

Johnson sits in 12th place in the standings after three races, and after finishing 16th in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas he is anxious to start moving up the NASCAR ladder.

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Kobalt Tools 400 Betting Preview

Jimmie Johnson ran away from the other drivers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in last season’s race, claiming Victory Lane by nearly two seconds over runner-up Kevin Harvick. Johnson is the early favorite at +450 over at Sportsbook.ag for this Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400.

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Subway Fresh Fit 500 Betting Preview

Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson had Daytona 500 finishes they would like to forget, but both drivers are sitting at just +500 for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Sunday.

Hamlin and Johnson still draw high praise, and with just one race completed in the Sprint Cup season they should draw most of the attention on the NASCAR betting lines based on their one-two finish in the Chase in 2010. Ryan Newman held off a last-lap charge by Jeff Gordon to win last year’s race at Phoenix.

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Daytona 500 Betting Update

Kevin Harvick has been pegged as the sportsbook favorite at 8/1 odds to take the checkered flag in the 2011 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. picked up the pole last Sunday and then relinquished it with a crash in practice on Wednesday. Earnhardt Jr. enters the race at 9/1 odds like Kyle Busch, as they sit behind Harvick at Bodog.

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NASCAR Bud Shootout betting

The 2011 NASCAR betting season starts up its engine this weekend with the 2011 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

The Budweiser Shootout drops the green flag on another NASCAR year. If you're a NASCAR betting fan and you plan on making a few wagers this weekend you have to put at least a couple bucks on Kevin Harvick.

[ CLICK HERE FOR THIS SEASON'S SPRINT UNLIMITED AND DAYTONA 500 BETTING PREVIEW ]

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NASCAR Handicapping

The huge popularity of NASCAR has been slow to translate into NASCAR handicapping and betting, but with plenty of new racing odds, fans are starting to put their money where their mouths are.

Betting on NASCAR races, or any auto race for that matter, is very easy. Oddsmakers such as those at Sportsbook.ag will lay odds to who will win a race and you simply bet on the driver you will think will win.

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Daytona 500 Odds Preview

Jimmie Johnson kick-starts his pursuit of another Sprint Cup win as a favorite in early 2011 Daytona 500 odds.

The Great American Race at Daytona will take place on Valentine's Day February 14th, but there is action before that with the Daytona Shootout on the sixth and the Gatorade Duel 1 and 2 on the 11th.

[ CLICK HERE FOR THIS SEASON'S ODDSSHARK NASCAR DAYTONA 500 BETTING PREVIEW ]

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Brickyard 400 Preview

Jimmie Johnson will be looking for the three-peat this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Brickyard 400 after winning it the last two years and he is the big favorite in this year’s race.

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Kobalt Tools 500 betting preview

Jimmie Johnson looks for his third win in a row this weekend when the Sprint Cup Series rolls into Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Kobalt Tools 500. Johnson, the reigning four-time Sprint Cup champion has picked up right where he left off last season.

Last week Johnson took the checkered flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Shelby American. Throw in Johnson’s win a week earlier in the Auto Club 500 and Johnson’s opened the season with back-to-back wins.

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