|Bettors Split Over Johnson’s 7/2 Sprint Cup Championship Payout|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Monday, 17 November 2008 12:08|
Johnson Cashes In
Jimmie Johnson made a lot of bettors happy on Sunday when he won his third consecutive Sprint Cup Championship. He also made a lot of them angry.
At the beginning of the 2008 Sprint Cup Season, Johnson was a 7/2 favorite according to oddsmakers at online sports books SBG Global and Sportsbook.com. Bettors who were able to get Johnson at that number enjoyed a $7 payout for every $2 wagered.
Fast forward to September 14, 2008 – New Hampshire. Busch entered the first race of the Chase for The Sprint Cup with a 40-point lead over Jimmie Johnson, but then all hell broke loose. He had poor finishes not only at Loudon but also the next three weeks at Dover, Kansas and Talladega.
By then it was too late.
When Busch finally did get it turned around at Lowe’s, Johnson was long gone and bettors were scratching their heads asking themselves what happened.
All is not lost though, however, as bettors cleaned up on Busch’s eight victories in 2008, but in the end he had the last laugh by cleaning up on Busch’s failure.
Kyle Busch and his supporters are going to have to wait until at least next year for a Sprint Cup Title and big payday.
Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson and bettors who backed him in 2008 are laughing all the way to the bank.
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Posted: 11/17/08 5:10 PM ET