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NASCAR: Harvick in Pole Position to win Monster Energy Cup

NASCAR Odds to Win 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series

With eight races in the books for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the odds-on favorite to hoist the trophy in November is Kevin Harvick at +275.

Harvick is the betting fave on 5Dimes and is followed by Kyle Busch at +450, Martin Truex Jr. at +475, Kyle Larson at +740, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski at +850, Jimmie Johnson at +1150, Denny Hamlin at +1650, and Erik Jones at +3300 to round out the top 10.

Harvick and Busch trading victories early this season

In eight races so far, this duo has taken the checkered flag in five of them. Busch has won two races in a row and is coming off a win at the Food City 500 in Bristol. He and Logano are tied with seven top-10 finishes this season and at +450, now may be the time to invest in Busch while he leads the standings before the value drops even more. 

Harvick, on the other hand, flew out of the gates by winning three races in a row. No. 4 has been a boom-or-bust driver thus far in the season with six top-10 finishes and wrecks in the other two races to finish in the 30s. At +275, value could be had elsewhere.

Can Martin Truex Jr. win back-to-back championships?

Truex has a respectable 257 points for fourth in the standings after eight races. The driver of the No. 78 Toyota Camry has five top-five finishes but has had some setbacks in the last two races, finishing near the bottom of the board.

At +475, he offers decent value but bettors should be cautioned before investing in a potential back-to-back NASCAR champion as it hasn’t happened since Jimmie Johnson accomplished the feat back in 2010.

Joey Logano is hanging around despite no wins 

They say slow and steady wins the race but Logano may be taking that to a whole new level. The driver of the No. 22 Ford Fusion has yet to make the podium this season but has finished in the top 10 in each race but the TicketGuardian 500, where he finished 19th.

Logano just missed the championship trophy by three points in 2016 and could be due to surpass Busch and Harvick in the standings if he can continue this consistent pace.


Odds as of April 18 at 5Dimes

  • Kevin Harvick +275
  • Kyle Busch +450
  • Martin Truex Jr. +475
  • Kyle Larson +740
  • Chase Elliott +850
  • Joey Logano +850
  • Brad Keselowski +850
  • Jimmie Johnson +1150
  • Denny Hamlin +1650
  • Erik Jones +3300
  • Ryan Blaney +3300
  • Clint Bowyer +3300
  • Kurt Busch +5000
  • Aric Almirola +6600
  • Daniel Suarez +8800
  • Alex Bowman +8800
  • Austin Dillon +9000
  • Ryan Newman +9000
  • William Byron +22500
  • Paul Menard +33000
  • Jamie McMurray +33000
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +45000
  • Chris Buescher +45000
  • Kasey Kahne +45000
  • Ty Dillon +47500
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. +50000
  • Trevor Bayne +55000
  • AJ Allmendinger +75000