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The 2014 Sprint Cup season opened with a bang last week at Daytona International Speedway, albeit a very prolonged bang thanks to weather delays.
But the Daytona 500 did finish and it was Dale Earnhardt Jr. who took the checkered flag under the lights. It was the second-career win for Earnhardt at the Daytona 500, surpassing his father in the process.
For those that sided with the betting favorites according to Bovada Sportsbook, you would have made a 10/1 profit. Earnhardt was the race favorite heading into the 2014 Daytona 500, and proved why. He has been in the mix each of the last four years, tabbing three second place finishes in the process. But he came through this year with a renewed and more aggressive mindset on the track.
Earnhardt will be in the field this week for the Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, across the country from Daytona. The Profit on CNBC 500 will get underway this Sunday. Previously known as the Subway Fresh 500, there is a new title sponsor for the 2014 season.
There will be a pair of races that anchor the weekend though, beginning with the Nationwide Series the night before. That is the Blue Jeans Go Green 200. There are some big names in that one as well, led by Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. It’s Busch that tops the list at 2/1 to win, with Keselowski just behind at 4/1.
Other notable drivers in the field include Matt Kenseth (5/1), and Kevin Harvick (11/2). A bet on ‘the field’ makes an appearance in the top-five here, with a 12/1 payout.
The main event though is The Profit on CNBC 500 on Sunday. While Earnhardt comes in hot off the Daytona win, he is not the favorite. That title goes to Jimmie Johnson. He is a past winner here, capturing the 2008 title. Johnson has been set as 6/1 favorite to win.
Denny Hamlin is the 2012 winner at Phoenix and is right behind Johnson, coming in at 13/2. The defending champion is Carl Edwards. He is a top-10 favorite this week, but at 16/1 is significantly higher on the profit margin than those right at the top.
This is one of a handful of races where the drivers travel 500 kilometers, and not miles. That makes it a 312-mile race. The length of the track is exactly one mile, with the drivers going around 300 times.
For a complete look at both of the NASCAR races at Phoenix, LatestBettingOdds.com has the live lines from Bovada, below.