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Brickyard 400 - 2010
Current Odds and Analysis
The most attended event in NASCAR is this Sunday's Brickyard 400 at famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was first held in 1994 and marked the first time since 1916 that a race other than the Indy 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, also known as "The Brickyard".
Last year Jimmie Johnson won the race but it was Juan Pablo Montoya who dominated and led 116 laps before being penalized with 35 laps to go for speeding in the pits. This year Montoya is liated at odds of 8/1 which does present some value. Johnson meanwhile, is favored at odds of 7/2.
He's won at Indianapolis the last two years and three times overall.
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There are four drivers (Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch) who come in next at 8/1 odds. Gordon is the only four-time winner at Indianapolis, the last one coming in 2004.
Tony Stewart (10/1) and Kevin Harvick (12/1) are two additional previous winners here. Stewart (two-time winner) is the trendy pick this week by a bunch of the experts.
Season title odds heating up
Johnson (2/1) is the season leader as he looks for his unprecedented fifth straight title. Hamlin (9/2) has five wins this year, tied for the most with Johnson.
Kyle Busch (9/2) could be ready to break through with his first win. He was left out of The Chase last year, but has always had the talent. Kyle's bother Kurt won the championship back in 2004.
Gordon is second in points even though he's been shut out in wins. He's the four-time season champion, most recently in 2001. Kevin Harvick (9/1) is the season leader in points as he has the most top-10 finishes (13).
Two time champ Stewart (10/1) is the last driver to win the title before Johnson (in 2005). Earnhardt Jr is once again making himself relevant. He's 13th in the standings (one spot out of The Chase). Oddsmakers have him pegged at 35/1.
Updated Sprint Cup Title Odds (NASCAR points in parenthesis)
Jimmie Johnson 2/1 (2,557)
Denny Hamlin 4/1 (2,542)
Kyle Busch 9/2 (2,488)
Jeff Gordon 6/1 (2,642)
Kevin Harvick 9/1 (2,745)
Tony Stewart 10/1 (2,389)
Kurt Busch 12/1 (2,524)
Jeff Burton 15/1 (2,465)
Carl Edwards 25/1 (2,345)
Matt Kenseth 25/1 (2,446)