Tuesday, March 5, 2013

LVH Odds to Win: 2013 Kobalt Tools 400

Jimmie Johnson is the 5-to-1 favorite at Las Vegas (Getty)
LAS VEGAS -- The LVH SuperBook has installed Jimmie Johnson as the 5-to-1 favorite to win Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which doesn't come as much of a surprise since Johnson is a four-time winner in Las Vegas and has a track-best 9.8 average finish.

Johnson also finds himself leading in points after two races and is the overwhelming 3-to-1 favorite to win the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

The interesting look this week is Carl Edwards, who broke a 70-race winless streak last week at Phoenix. Prior to Sunday, Edwards’ most recent win came at Las Vegas in 2011. He also claimed a Vegas victory in 2008 and is right behind Johnson with a 10.3 average finish at the track.

While Phoenix and Las Vegas are two completely different types of tracks, we can still take a lot of what we learned from the Gen-6 car at Phoenix and apply it to Las Vegas. Had Edwards had a decent run and a top-0 finish at Phoenix, he would have been around 15-to-1 to win this week. But because of the win, he is one of the favorites at 9-to-1.

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