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Busch in Pole Position on Monster Energy Cup Oddsboard

It was a quick winter break for engines to cool off but it’s time to jump back in the driver seat for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The Daytona 500 is just around the corner and online sportsbooks are offering odds for who will take home the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup in November. 

Kyle Busch is the betting favorite at Bovada to hoist the Cup after finishing as the runner-up behind Martin Truex Jr. in 2017. Busch won the Sprint Cup title in 2015 and has finished in the top five in the standings in four of the last five seasons.

Truex comes in next on the oddsboard at +600 and as the reigning champion, it may not be wise for bettors to invest in No. 78 since there hasn’t been a back-to-back NASCAR champion since 2010 when Jimmie Johnson was coming off an unprecedented run of five straight series championships. That being said, Truex was dominant last season and placed in the top 10 a whopping 26 times, with eight first-place finishes.

There hasn’t been a back-to-back NASCAR champion since 2010 when Jimmie Johnson was coming off an unprecedented five straight Series championships.

Speaking of Johnson, he offers decent value at +1200 if you think the 42-year-old still has enough in the tank to claim his eighth Cup since 2006. He won it all in 2016, but that championship was sandwiched by 10th-place finishes in 2015 and last season.

Brad Keselowski may offer the best value at +1000 considering he only finished 10 points out of first in the 2017 standings. Keselowski has only one crown to his name, winning it all in 2012, and hasn’t finished higher than fourth (2017) in the standings since that title.

Rounding out the top 10 are Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson, both at +600, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott at +900, Denny Hamlin at +1200 and Erik Jones at +2000.  

Here’s the full list of odds heading into the first race of the season:

  • Kyle Busch +400
  • Martin Truex Jr. +600
  • Kevin Harvick +600
  • Kyle Larson +600
  • Joey Logano +900
  • Chase Elliott +900
  • Brad Keselowski +1000
  • Jimmie Johnson +1200
  • Denny Hamlin +1200
  • Erik Jones +2000
  • Ryan Blaney +2500
  • William Byron +3300
  • Clint Bowyer +4000
  • Daniel Suarez +5000
  • Alex Bowman +5000
  • Aric Almirola +6600
  • Jamie McMurray +7500
  • Kurt Busch +7500
  • Ryan Newman +10000
  • Kasey Kahne +30000
  • Odds as of February 8 at Bovada