With 2 races left in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup before this season’s Chase, the 16-driver field is pretty much set. A break in the action is a perfect time to update future odds.
There are 11 different drivers with at least one point-race win this season and out of that group there are five with the best betting odds from Bet365 to go on and win this year’s 2015 Sprint Cup title.
Kevin Harvick 4/1
It is easy to see why the defending 2014 Sprint Cup Champion remains at the top of the list to successfully defend his title. The No. 4 car has not won a point race since mid-March, but it has easily been the most consistent car on the track all season long with Harvick behind the wheel. Through the first 24 point-race events on the Sprint Cup schedule, he has finished in the Top 3 in 15 races. His current form sets the stage for another title run with five Top 3 finishes in his last six events.
Kyle Busch 4/1
There is no driver hotter than Busch in the Sprint Cup series since late-June with four trips to Victory Lane. The one concern with betting on him to win the Sprint Cup title is that since he missed the first 11 point races of the year due to injury he still has to finish 30th or better in the point standings to qualify for the Chase. Right now the No. 18 car is holding down the No. 29th spot by a total of 24 points. As long as nothing catastrophic happens in the next two races at Darlington and Richmond, Busch should be in the 16-driver Chase field.
Joey Logano 6/1
Logano is another driver that is heating up at just the right time. A few weeks ago he took the checkered flag on the road course at Watkins Glen and just this past Saturday night he guided the No. 22 car to a victory at Bristol. What Logano lacks in playoff racing experience, he more that makes up for in racing ability. There is some solid value in his odds when you consider that last season he made it all the way to the four-driver Championship Round at Miami-Homestead in the final race of the year.
Matt Kenseth 6/1
Kenseth came dangerously close to winning his second career NASCAR title in 2013 when he won seven point races to finish second to Jimmie Johnson by just 19 points. A winless drought that lasted the entire 2014 season ended his title chances under the new rules of the Chase, but the No. 20 team has served notice that it is back to its winning ways with three victories this season, including a first-place run at Michigan earlier this month.
Jimmie Johnson 8/1
At one point this season Johnson appeared to be unstoppable behind the wheel of his No. 48 car with three victories and four additional Top 3 finishes in a span of eight races. Since then he has only posted two Top 5 finishes in his last 10 events, but he could be headed in the right direction with a fourth-place finish last week at Bristol. The simple fact that Johnson is a six-time Sprint Cup Champion adds some tremendous value to his odds, especially since they are a bit longer right now.
The Best of the Rest
Martin Truex Jr. is also listed at 8/1 betting odds to win this year’s title followed by the 2012 champ Brad Keselowski at 9/1. There is a group of four drivers next on the list at 12/1 made up of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards.