Kurt Busch on the pole again

2011 nascar sprint cup 5-hour energy odds kurt busch

LONG POND, PA (TheSpread) – Kurt Busch found himself another pole victory on Saturday, as he qualified first for Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 500.

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According to oddsmakers at online sports book Bodog, Denny Hamlin is now the favorite to win the race with 7/2 odds while other short odds include Carl Edwards (6/1), Jimmie Johnson (8/1), and Busch (8/1).

Hamlin will start fourth on Sunday. He has struggled somewhat this year, as he has just two top 5’s, but he has been slowly climbing up the standings and now sits 11th, 104 behind Edwards. Hamlin has dominated Pocono, winning four times with an average finish of 8.2 at the track and a driver rating of 119.2, which is tops of any driver.

Edwards qualified sixth for Sunday’s race. Edwards had one win and seven top 5’s on the year as he leads the point standings by 40 over Johnson. Edwards has two wins at this track with an average finish of 12.4 and a driver rating of 98.6.

Johnson will start from the 14th position. Johnson has one win and four top 5’s on the season. Johnson has two Pocono wins to his credit with an average finish of 9.6 and a driver rating of 105.9.

Kurt Busch is sixth in the standings. He has two poles on the year and also has two top 5’s and seven top 10’s. At Pocono, Busch has two wins and an average finish of 16.8 while his driver rating is 101.8.

The 5-Hour Energy 500 will take place Sunday, June 12 from Pocono Raceway at 1:18PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the 5-Hour Energy 500 – 2011 5-Hour Energy 500 – Pocono Raceway – Sunday, June 12, 2011

Denny Hamlin 7/2

Carl Edwards 6/1

Kurt Busch 8/1

Jimmie Johnson 8/1

Jeff Gordon 9/1

Tony Stewart 10/1

Kyle Busch 14/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 15/1

Kevin Harvick 20/1

Ryan Newman 22/1

Matt Kenseth 22/1

Greg Biffle 22/1

Kasey Kahne 25/1

Juan Pablo Montoya 25/1

Mark Martin 25/1

Clint Bowyer 25/1

Joey Logano 35/1

Brian Vickers 40/1

Jeff Burton 40/1

Jamie McMurray 40/1

David Reutimann 40/1

Martin Truex Jr 50/1

Field 10/1

Qualifying Results

1 Kurt Busch (22)

2 Paul Menard (27)

3 Jeff Gordon (24)

4 Denny Hamlin (11)

5 Regan Smith (78)

6 Carl Edwards (99)

7 Marcos Ambrose (9)

8 Ryan Newman (39)

9 David Reutimann (00)

10 Mark Martin (5)

11 David Ragan (6)

12 Clint Bowyer (33)

13 Jamie McMurray (1)

14 Jimmie Johnson (48)

15 Tony Stewart (14)

16 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

17 Kasey Kahne (4)

18 Bobby Labonte (47)

19 Joey Logano (20)

20 Brad Keselowski (2)

21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

22 J.J. Yeley (46)

23 Brian Vickers (83)

24 Andy Lally (71)

25 Landon Cassill (51)

26 Sam Hornish Jr. (38)

27 Matt Kenseth (17)

28 A J Allmendinger (43)

29 Joe Nemechek (87)

30 David Gilliland (34)

31 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

32 Kevin Harvick (29)

33 Jeff Burton (31)

34 Kyle Busch (18)

35 Casey Mears (13)

36 Michael McDowell (66)

37 Greg Biffle (16)

38 Tony Raines (37)

39 Scott Riggs (181)

40 Dave Blaney (36)

41 Mike Bliss (32)

42 Scott Wimmer (7)

43 T.J. Bell (150)

44 Mike Skinner (60) DNQ

2011 5-Hour Energy 500 Information

Race Date: Sunday, June 12, 2011

Location: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Penn.

Pre-Race: Noon ET

Green Flag: Approx. 1:18PM ET

TV Coverage: TNT

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (200 laps)

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