NASCAR 2015 Sprint Cup Futures
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series heads up the Northeast Extension in Pennsylvania this week for the running of the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway.
This Sunday’s race is slated to get underway at 1 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1.
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NASCAR Sprint Cup- Axalta 400 Race Preview and Prediction
Race: Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway
Date: Sunday, June 7
Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1
2015 NASCAR SPRINT CUP STANDINGS (Link)
Last Sunday at Dover, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick continued their duel as the top two Sprint Cup drivers this season with Johnson getting the better of it with a victory at the Monster Mile.
Harvick finished second for the seventh time this season and Kyle Larson ended-up third.
The following is a look at my top favorite, contender and longshot to win this Sunday’s Axalta 400 based on betting odds provided by Sportsbook.ag
The Favorite (odd of less than 10/1)
There is no doubt that Johnson and Harvick remain hot on a weekly basis, but I am going with a bit longer odds for this week’s favorite with Dale Earnhardt Jr. +800 betting odds to win this Sunday.
The No. 88 car has been competitive all season long with a victory at Talladega to go along with six additional finishes inside the top five. It is currently in fifth-place in the Sprint Cup standings with 432 total points.
The main reason I am going with Dale Jr. to win this race is his back-to-back victories at Pocono last season. Going back over his last eight trips around this track in a Sprint Cup race, he has finished in the top 10 seven times.
The Contender (odds from 10/1 to 19/1)
I had high expectations for Jeff Gordon in his final season racing fulltime in the Sprint Cup series, but so far the best the No. 24 car could muster has been just two top-five finishes.
This is a far cry from four checkered flags and a sixth-place finish in the final point standings this team posted last season.
This week, Gordon has been opened at +1200 odds to break through with a win and this could possibly be the right time and the right place to make some noise. Pocono has always been one of his more productive venues with seven career victories during his storied career.
His average finishing position at this track is 9.9 aided by an eighth-place finish in this race last season followed by a sixth-place finish in the second race here in 2014.
The Longshot (odds 20/1 or greater)
When picking longshots in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series, I will always go with the best overall driver at these longer odds. That is why Matt Kenseth is my pick this week at +2000.
Earlier this season at Bristol, the No. 20 car was able to end a winless drought that dated all the way back to the 2013 season when this team accounted for seven trips to victory lane.
Current form remains fairly solid with a fourth-place finish at Charlotte two weeks ago, but there is no denying that Pocono is not one of Kenseth’s more productive tracks. The last time he cracked the top 10 here was in 2012 with a seventh-place finish in this event.