2011 Points: Biffle vs. Kenseth
This season NASCAR has changed up its point system, significantly cutting down the total number of points one can earn in a race. The maximum number of points one can earn is 48 and there is an added emphasis on winning in 2011.
43 drivers will contend in each race and the winner will receive 43 points, second 42, third 41, all the way down to last, which gets just one point. The winner will also get three bonus points and one bonus point is given to each driver that leads at least one lap in the race and to the driver that leads the most laps in the race. So essentially, the winner of each race gets at least 47 points.
Oddsmakers at online sportsbook SBGGLOBAL.com feel that Kenseth is more likely to have a better season as he has odds of -150 to score more season points than Biffle, who comes in with +100 odds.
Last season, Matt Kenseth finished fifth in the standings while Biffle was sixth. Kenseth had just under a 50-point edge on Biffle for the year. Kenseth went winless while Biffle had two victories.
Kenseth won the season title in 2003, but his lack of wins that year forced NASCAR to come up with the Chase for the Championship. Kenseth has only not reached the Chase one time, in 2009. Kenseth has only had four wins over the last two seasons, but had at least 20 top 10’s in 2006-08.
Biffle has made the Chase for the Championship the last three seasons. His best-career finish was second in 2005, when he won six races. Biffle went winless in 2009, but still ended up seventh in the season standings.
Kenseth is somewhat of the Jeff Gordon type right now where he always drives well, stays out of trouble on the track, but doesn’t typically win. Biffle has more chances to win, but also seems to have more poor races than Kenseth. With the new points system, it may be worth risking your money on the underdog, but either play still has a good pay out.
2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Futures Odds – More Points in 2011 (Both drivers must contend in 33 races)
Matt Kenseth -150
Greg Biffle +100