Thursday, November 22, 2012

Johnson 7-to-2 Favorite to Win 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship

Keselowski will be changing over to a Ford in 2013 (Getty)
By Micah Roberts
The Linemakers on Sporting News

LAS VEGAS -- Less than one week after Brad Keselowski clinched the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, Wynn Las Vegas sports book director John Avello posted the first odds on the 2013 championship and made Jimmie Johnson the 7-to-2 favorite.

The posting of the odds are well-timed, considering the Wynn hosts the 2012 Sprint Cup Series Awards on Nov. 30. In addition to the ceremonies on Friday, the 12 Chase drivers and their teams take part in festivities throughout the city all week long.

Keselowski may be the defending champion, but he’s the listed as only the seventh-favored driver to repeat in 2013 at 11-to-1. Avello cited Penske’s transition from Dodges to Fords, as well as NASCAR’s new-look car that debuts next season, as the reasons for Keselowski’s high odds.

When NASCAR last made a major change to the Sprint Cup car, in 2007 with the Car of Tomorrow, Hendrick Motorsports had a huge edge over the rest of the field because of extensive testing and resources that had them better prepared. Between Kyle Busch, Johnson and Jeff Gordon, the Hendrick cars won the first five COT races in 2007 and ended up winning nine of the 16 scheduled COT races that season.

Johnson went on to win the second of his five consecutive Sprint Cup titles that season. Will history repeat itself? It’s hard to tell, but unlike 2007, the new car will be running the entire 2013 schedule right out of the gate, beginning with testing and Speedweeks at Daytona.

There’s a big gap in odds between Johnson and the second choice to win, Denny Hamlin, who is listed at 7-to-1. Hamlin has come right down to the wire with great chances to win the championship in two of the past three seasons and should again find himself in the hunt.

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