Carfax 400 & 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Odds: With just four races to go before NASCAR reduces its field in the Chase for the Sprint Cup to the top 12 drivers, it's a scramble among a handful or so for the last few spots. That should help make for some interesting racing this weekend when the series returns to Brooklyn, Michigan for the Carfax 400 (Sunday, 1 pm Eastern, ESPN).
Heading into this race Matt Kenseth sits in 10th place in the standings, 404 points behind first-place Kevin Harvick. Greg Biffle holds down 11th place at -467, and Mark Martin, who moved up a spot last week, now owns 12th place, at -569. So at the moment, they're on the inside, looking to hold on.
On the outside are Clint Bowyer, who trails Martin by just 10 points; Ryan Newman, who's 83 back of Martin; Jamie McMurray, 94 points out of 12th place, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who's 121 points behind Martin. So it's up to them to make up some ground before the cut is made.
Last week Juan Pablo Montoya picked up two spots in the standings, moving up to 19th, when he nabbed his first checkered flag of this season, winning the annual Cup event on the road course at Watkins Glen. And bettors who backed Montoya at SBGglobal.com cashed in at odds of upwards of +800.
Kurt Busch, a +2,500 choice at SBG Global last week, finished second; Marcos Ambrose, a +350 favorite at Oddsmaker last Sunday, ran third; AJ Allmendinger, at +5,000, finished fourth; and Carl Edwards, at +3,000, took fifth.
Back in June Denny Hamlin led for 123 of 200 laps in winning the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Gordon, and Tony Stewart ran two through five.
Last year Martin and Brian Vickers, who's out for the rest of this season while dealing with some health issues, won the two Michigan races.
As of Sunday morning SBGglobal.com is listing Jimmie Johnson, who's already won five times this year, as a +400 favorite to win Sunday's race. Hamlin, also with five wins this season, comes next on SBG Global's Carfax 400 betting board at +700, followed by Kurt Busch at +800; Gordon and Kyle Busch at +1,000; Harvick and Stewart at +1,200; Biffle, Jeff Burton, Edwards, and Kahne at +1,500; Montoya at +1,800; Bowyer and Kenseth at +2,000; Martin, McMurray, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, and David Reutimann at +3,000; Earnhardt and Newman at +4,000; Allmendinger at +6,000; and Ambrose, Reed Sorenson, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, Bobby Labonte, Elliot Sadler, David Ragan, Sam Hornish Jr., Regan Smith, Scott Speed, and Travis Kvapil at +10,000. And The Field, which includes all drivers not mentioned above, is being offered at +10,000.
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