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There are just four races left in the Sprint Cup Series before the start of the Chase For The Cup, where the top-12 drivers compete for the season-long championship. Up this week on the circuit is the Pure Michigan 400, which will get going this Sunday, August 18th at 1pm ET with coverage on ESPN.
Before we get into this race preview and who the favorites are, let’s take a look at how the 2013 Sprint Cup standings look through the race at Watkins Glen last week.
Jimmie Johnson is on top of the latest standings, with 808 total points, of which he has five wins in 2013. Johnson controls a 75-point lead over Clint Bowyer in second place with 733 points, and an 80-point lead over Carl Edwards in the No.3 position with 728 points.
Jimmie Johnson – 9/2 (+450)
Kasey Kahne – 13/2 (+650)
Greg Biffle – 8/1 (+800)
Kyle Busch – 17/2 (+850)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 9/1 (+900)
Drivers have the Pure Michigan 400 this week, followed by three more races until the final standings are determined.
Johnson has never won the Pure Michigan 400 before in his career, but that hasn’t deterred oddsmakers from naming him the favorite. Sprint Cup Series betting odds formed at Bovada Sportsbook have slated Johnson as a 92 favorite to get his fifth win of the season and increase that lead on the No.1 position in the rankings.
Kasey Kahne is second on the list of favorites to win the Pure Michigan 400, going off at 13/2. Kahne won the GoBowling.com 400 a couple of weeks ago, but finished 34th last week at Watkins Glen.
Greg Biffle comes next at 8/1. Biffle happens to be the defending champion this week, so he certainly comes back with some positive feelings. A win would certainly help boost Biffle up from his current position in No.9, and give him some security as an automatic qualifier for the Chase.
Kyle Busch an Dale Earnhardt Jr. round out the top-five favorites, sitting at 17/1 and 9/1 respectively. Busch captured the 2011 edition of the Pure Michigan 400. It’s actually a bit of a surprise that he is not a bit higher on the betting odds, sitting atop with Johnson or right behind.
The last two seasons have been a Green-white-checker-finish, with the race going 203 laps in 2011 and then 201 laps last season when Biffle go the win.
LatestBettingOdds.com has provided you with the full list of betting odds to win the 2013 Pure Michigan 400. These lines will be up until a few minutes prior to the start of the race on Sunday.