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The first of the final four races left in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup is set for Sunday as those contenders will look to make a move in the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville.
Brad Keselowski is currently in first in the standings and holds just a 7-point lead over Jimmie Johnson who is holding down second. Not far behind are Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer who are in third and fourth respectively while Kasey Kahne sits in fifth.
This could be the week though that either Johnson or Hamlin makes a serious move based on their recent runs at Martinsville.
Johnson is a six time winner at the oval while Hamlin has won four times so based on their history they should be considered as two of the favorites in Sunday’s race. In addition, Johnson captured the pole with his top qualifying time of 97.598 and Hamlin will start from the fifth spot.
Holding the top spot heading into next weekend might be somewhat challenging for Keselowski. He did not put himself in great position Sunday as he qualified 32nd.
Matt Kenseth has been arguably the hottest driver in the Chase as of late and has won two of the last three races heading into Sunday. Kenseth currently is 8th in the points standings, 55 points back, but had a great qualifying run that landed him in the 6th starting position and poised for another great run.
Bovada Sportsbook has fielded their Tums Fast Relief 500 Betting Odds and have Johnson tagged as the betting favorite with 3/1 odds. Hamlin will enter the race with 13/4 odds while Jeff Gordon is at 21/4 to round out the top three favored in the race.
Sunday’s race is set 1:30 pm ET with live coverage on ESPN.