Welcome to Doc's Sports Service Bovada Banner
spacer  
spacer spacer
Welcome to Doc's Sports Service spacer
Welcome to Doc's Sports Service Welcome to Doc's Sports Service
Welcome to Doc's Sports Service
Click Here to Purchase Doc's Picks
Basketball Picks   |   Hockey picks   |   NBA picks
Football Picks   |   NFL Picks   |   Breeders Cup
spacer



Live Lines and Odds NFL Odds
spacer
College Football Odds
spacer
NBA Odds
spacer
College
   Basketball Odds

spacer
MLB Odds
spacer
NHL Odds
spacer
Breeders Cup Odds
spacer
WNBA Odds
spacer
CFL Odds
spacer
Boxing Odds
spacer
Golf Odds
spacer
Soccer Odds
spacer
Week 8 NFL Odds
spacer
Doc's Rotation
spacer

Free Picks by Sport Free NFL Picks
spacer
Free College Football Picks
spacer
Free MLB Picks
spacer
Free NASCAR Picks
spacer
Free NBA Picks
spacer
Free College Basketball Picks
spacer
Free NHL Picks
spacer
All Free Picks
spacer

Handicapping Matchup Reports NFL
spacer
NCAA Football
spacer
NBA
spacer
NCAA Basketball
spacer
MLB
spacer
NHL
spacer

Scores NFL
spacer
NCAA Football
spacer
NBA
spacer
NCAA Basketball
spacer
MLB
spacer
NHL
spacer

Schedules NFL Schedule
spacer
College Football Schedule
spacer
College Basketball Schedule
spacer
MLB Schedule
spacer
NBA Schedule
spacer
NHL Schedule
spacer
Monday Night Football Schedule
spacer

Upcomming Event Coverage Monday Night Football Picks and Predictions
spacer
2014 Heisman Trophy Odds
spacer
MLB Futures Odds
spacer




Bovada Banner
spacer
spacer
Home
spacer
View Picks
spacer
Why Doc's Sports?
spacer
Our Betting System
spacer
Sports Betting Strategy
spacer
Message from the GM
spacer
Our Commitment
spacer
Customer Comments
spacer
Free Picks
spacer
Contact Doc's
spacer

The Advisory Board
Our Commitment
spacer
Doc's Sports
spacer
Robert Ferringo
spacer
Allen Eastman
spacer
Raphael Esparza (VSI)
spacer
Indian Cowboy
spacer
Jason Sharpe
spacer
Strike Point Sports
spacer
Mike Davis
spacer

Betting Systems
11th Hour Sports
spacer
The Prop Machine
spacer

Recomended Sportsbooks Bovada Sportsbook
spacer
5Dimes Sportsbook
spacer
BookMaker
spacer
Sportsbook
spacer
Carbon Sports
spacer
WagerWeb
spacer
BetOnline Sportsbook
spacer
GT Bets
spacer
SportsBettingOnline.ag
spacer
Sportsbook Bonus
spacer

Handicapping Resources
Mobile Website Directions
spacer
Weekly NFL Survivor Pool Picks
spacer
NFL Power Rankings 2014
spacer
NFL Office Pool Picks
spacer
Sports Betting Money Managment
spacer
Handicapping FAQ
spacer
Sports Betting 101
spacer
How To Betting Articles
spacer
Sports Betting Tips
spacer
Parlay Calculator
spacer
Sports Betting Systems
spacer
Parlay Cards
spacer
Gambling Terms
spacer
2014 Archives
spacer
2013 Archives
spacer
2012 Archives
spacer
2011 Archives
spacer
2010 Archives
spacer
Doc's Affiliate Program
spacer
Doc's Writer Bios
spacer
Doc's rss feedDoc's RSS feed



spacer
spacer

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Futures Odds and Betting Picks
by - 2/12/2014

Share |
NASCAR driver Jimmy Johnson

NASCAR is getting ready to fire up its engines for the start of another season of Sprint Cup racing, and Bovada has released its updated futures odds for which driver will bring home this year’s title. The following is a look at my betting picks for winner, a few contenders and my top-valued longshot to win this season’s Sprint Cup.

Favorite

The driver at the top of just about anyone’s list when it comes to Sprint Cup titles is Jimmie Johnson. He has already added six previous Sprint Cups to an illustrious racing career in NASCAR, including last season’s title. It is little surprise that he has been opened as a 5/2 favorite to win again this year. Johnson held this title from 2006 to 2010, with five consecutive championships, and after a two-year hiatus from the top spot on the list, he stormed back to the front of the pack with six victories and 10 additional Top-5 finishes in 36 races in last season’s run to the Cup.

Free $60 in Member Sports Picks No Obligation Click Here

Looking back at his six career titles, the No. 48 car has posted a grand total of 41 wins during those championship runs, which is exactly what it will take to add a seventh title to the record. NASCAR’s recent rule change involving its 10-race Chase to the Cup now puts a premium on winning races as opposed to simply accumulating points. Nobody has done a better job at accumulating checkered flags over the past eight seasons than Johnson.

Contenders

Kyle Busch is listed as a 7/1 second-favorite to win this year’s Sprint Cup, but my top contender for the crown is Matt Kenseth at 15/2. He is just one of five drivers to win a title since 2002, and he pushed Johnson to the final race of the 2013 season in an effort to add a second Sprint Cup to his racing resume.
 
What makes the No. 20 car so attractive at these odds is its driver’s ability to win races as well. Kenseth led the field last season with seven checkered flags, with two of them coming in the first two races of the Chase at Chicago and Loudon. He went on to capture four additional Top-5 finishes in the final eight races of the Chase, but a disastrous 23rd-place finish at Phoenix in the second-to-last race of the year all but ended his title hopes.

My other top contender to give Johnson a run for his money this season is Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 race team. The 2013 season was a lost cause for this team after an accident at Fontana in the fifth points race of the season knocked Hamlin out of commission for the next four races, thus ending his bid for a title before he ever got started. He has been opened at 10/1 to bounce back with a big season that ends with a title in hand, which offers quite a bit a value for a driver of his caliber.

Hamlin’s best season was in 2010 when he led the field with eight victories. He took Johnson right down the wire that year with a legitimate shot at winning the Cup heading into the final race at Homestead-Miami. He came up just short to finish second in the final point standings. If winning races is the key to winning this year’s title, then Hamlin is a proven commodity.

Top Value Longshot

NASCAR is not the kind of sport to wager heavy on longshots especially when it comes to futures odds for a Sprint Cup title. There are only about three or four drivers that have a legitimate shot at winning it all, but if you are looking for a bit longer odds, I would go with Kevin Harvick at 16/1. He is coming off one of his best seasons in Sprint Cup racing with four checkered flags and a third-place finish in the final standings. He has now finished third in points in three of his past four seasons while posting a total of 11 victories in those runs to the title.

The No. 29 car will have little margin for error to make a successful title run this year, but as long as Harvick makes it into the expanded Chase field of 16, he has as good a shot at anyone given the added weight to winning races during this 10-race playoff.

Bovada’s futures odds for a few of the other top drivers in the Sprint Cup series include crowd favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 10/1, 2012 champion Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne at 12/1 and long-time Sprint Cup veteran Jeff Gordon at 14/1.

Read more articles by

Share |

Most Recent NASCAR Pick Articles