NASCAR Sprint Cup FedEx 400 Preview and Prediction

2013 Coca Cola 600 Predictions

This Sprint Cup series rolls into Dover, Delaware this week for the running of the FedEx 400 at the Monster Mile of Dover International Speedway. Sunday race is set to get underway at 1 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on FOX.

NASCAR Sprint Cup FedEx 400 Preview and Prediction
Race: FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2013
Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
Broadcast: FOX

Kevin Harvick notched his second victory of the season by taking the checkered flag in last Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte. Kasey Kahne raced his way to a second-place finish and Kurt Busch took third.

The following is a closer look at our favorite, contender, and longshot picks for this Sunday’s race with odds provided by

The Favorite (odd of less than 10/1)

Last Sunday’s 22nd-place finish was not one of Jimmie Johnson’s better outings this season, but he is still in first place in the current Sprint Cup standings with 445 points. The No.48 car has built its 32-point lead behind two previous victories and four other top-five finishes in the first 12 point races of the season.

It also notched a victory in this year’s non-point All Star Race two weeks ago at Charlotte. Adding even more value to Johnson’s +400 odds to win this Sunday is the fact that he comes in as the defending champion of the FedEx 400 as part of seven career Sprint Cup victories at this track.

He has dominated the Monster Mile over the years with an average finishing position of 8.6.

The Contender (odds from 10/1 to 19/1)

Brad Keselowski is still in position to successfully defend his 2012 Sprint Cup title with 335 points that has the No.2 car sitting in 10th-place in the standings, but he is going to have his work cut out for him if cannot improve upon his current form. [ad-8757089]

Keselowski is still searching for his first checkered flag this season, but after coming close earlier in the year with four top-five finishes, he has not cracked the top 15 in his last four races.

The defending champ still offers some solid value in his +1200 odds to win this race after taking the checkered flag in the second race here last season.

The Longshot (odds 20/1 or greater)

It has already been a tale of two seasons through the first 12 races for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

After guiding the No.88 car to top-10 finishes in his first five races including a second-place finish at both Daytona and Fontana, he has only cracked the top 10 twice since then. Junior is still sitting in sixth-place in the standings with 364 points, but he has been opened at +2000 to win this week.

Dover has never been one of his favorite tracks with just one Sprint Cup victory at the Monster Mile, but he did finish fourth in last year’s race.

Odds from Bovada

  • Jimmie Johnson 4/1
  • Kyle Busch 5/1
  • Matt Kenseth 6/1
  • Kasey Kahne 8/1
  • Denny Hamlin 8/1
  • Brad Keselowski 12/1
  • Carl Edwards 12/1
  • Clint Bowyer 12/1
  • Jeff Gordon 15/1
  • Martin Truex Jr 15/1
    Kevin Harvick 15/1
  • Greg Biffle 15/1
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr 20/1
  • Kurt Busch 20/1
  • Joey Logano 35/1
  • Tony Stewart 35/1
  • Mark Martin 40/1
  • Ryan Newman 75/1
  • Marcos Ambrose 100/1
  • Aric Almirola 100/1
  • Jamie McMurray 100/1
  • Juan Montoya 100/1
  • Ricky Stenhouse 100/1
  • Paul Menard 100/1
  • Jeff Burton 200/1
  • Austin Dillon 300/1
  • Danica Patrick 300/1
  • Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1

*SPRINT Cup Odds provided by Bovada

By Dave Schwab

David Schwab is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog. While not cheering for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles David can be found working on his blog at David wants to hear from you so please comment below.