Johnson Favored Big

Jimmie Johnson starting his quest for a record fifth consecutive Sprint Cup title is just one of the huge NASCAR stories this week.

Bet the 2010 Daytona 500 has installed Johnson as the heavy +250 favorite for the season title, way ahead of 51 year-old Mark Martin (+700). Martin finished second last year with five wins, but it remains to be seen if he can duplicate that effort at his advanced age.

Kyle Busch (+800) has a lot to prove after being left out the Chase last year. He certainly has the talent and ability to get it done.

There’s a lot of pressure on Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+1500) but what else is new? Can the most popular driver in the sport finally make Hendrick Motorsports proud?

Other drivers we like include Denny Hamlin (+1000) and Kurt Busch (+1500). Jeff Gordon (+800) and Juan Pablo Montoya (+1200) are two that we would fade at these odds.

Sprint Cup Title Odds

Jimmie Johnson (+250)

Mark Martin (+700)

Kyle Busch (+800)

Jeff Gordon (+800)

Carl Edwards (+1000)

Denny Hamlin (+1000)

Tony Stewart (+1000)

Juan Pablo Montoya (+1200)

Dale Earnhardt (+1500)

Kurt Busch (+1500)

Matt Kenseth (+2000)

Greg Biffle (+2000)

Here are the favorites for Sunday’s famed Daytona 500 (FOX 1 pm ET). Included is how the drivers have fared at the track overall and the average finish (AF).

Tony Stewart (+700) - Three wins, seven Top 5’s and 12 Top 10’s. AF: 16.5  

Kyle Busch (+800) - One win, four Top 5’s and four Top 10’s. AF: 18 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+1000) - Two wins, six Top 5’s and 11 Top 10’s. AF: 15.6 

Jimmie Johnson (+1000) - One win, six Top 5’s and nine Top 10’s. AF: 14.2 

Denny Hamlin (+1200) – No wins, one Top 5 and one Top 10. AF: 23.8 

Jeff Gordon (+1200) – Six wins, 11 Top 5’s and 17 Top 10’s. AF: 15.5 

More Daytona 500 odds

Kasey Kahne (+1200)

Kevin Harvick (+1200)

Kurt Busch (+1500)

Mark Martin (+1500)

Carl Edwards (+1800)

Juan Pablo Montoya (+2000)

Matt Kenseth (+2000)

Clint Bowyer (+2500)

David Ragan (+2500)

Greg Biffle (+2500)

Jamie McMurray (+3000)

Jeff Burton (+3000)

Ryan Newman (+3000)

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Posted: 2/12/10 12:51PM ET

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