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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Futures Betting

Bet on the 2015 NASCAR SeasonWE’RE now about two weeks away from the Daytona 500, which marks the official start of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series.

With that in mind, I wanted to take a look at the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship futures market while previewing the upcoming year.

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Before analyzing the futures market I want to quickly touch on some changes in 2015.

There have been 60 enhancements and updates made to the rules package for this upcoming season. Some of the major changes include a horsepower reduction and a ban on testing at tracks – a move which will keep some money in the owners’ pockets.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Changes in 2015

Let’s take a look at which drivers will be driving with a new team this year.

The biggest move is obviously Edwards, as he’s moving to Joe Gibbs Racing after a disappointing year with Roush Fenway Racing. He has been pegged as a comeback driver of the year candidate. Hornish made a big move as well and will now be driving full-time.

Will Kevin Harvick Repeat as Sprint Cup Champion?

Last year NASCAR implemented changes to the Sprint Cup format and the new format turned out to be a great move. I thought that the entire season was suspenseful, especially once the Chase started. With the current format any driver can end up winning.

We were shown how exciting the new format could be in the inaugural year. Ryan Newman ended up losing the Sprint Cup by just one position and before the Chase he was paying 250/1 odds. While unlikely, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if a big underdog wins.

With all of the rule changes this year it’s impossible to know which teams will be the most prepared early on. That being said, I do expect that it won’t take long for every team to be tuned in.

Let’s start the season preview with the favorite in the futures market – Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson has been a Sprint Cup champion six times in his career, but last year was a major disappointment. He finished in 11th place in the Sprint Cup standings and he only won four races. Four wins may be great for most drivers, but not for Johnson.

Jeff Gordon is next in the market and he is just like the Energizer Bunny – he just keeps going and going. In 2014 he ended the year in 6th place, but that doesn’t do him enough justice. Gordon won four races and led all drivers with 23 finishes inside of the top 10.

Out of the top contenders I’m definitely not sold on Kevin Harvick having another great year. Harvick won five races and finished in the top 10 a total of 20 times on his way to a Sprint Cup Championship. He had the fastest car last year, but he won’t in 2015.

I’m much higher on Brad Keselowski who is just below Harvick in the futures market. Keselowski won more races (6) than any other driver in NASCAR last season, but he settled for 5th place. I love his aggressiveness on the track and expect big things for Keselowski.

Trying to pick an underdog to win the Sprint Cup is often a losing proposition, but I wanted to share at least one name that stuck out to me when browsing the odds. Kyle Larson (18/1) came on strong in July last season and this young driver should build on that.

From July until the end of the season Larson had ten finishes in the top 10 including four top 3 finishes. He just needs to win a race in 2015 to qualify for the Chase and his odds are tempting. If he happens to qualify his odds to win the Sprint Cup would shorten.

2015 Sprint Cup Championship Winner Predictions

You can tell from interviews that Keselowski is anxious to get the season underway after missing the Championship Round in the Chase last year despite being arguably the best driver over the course of the year. That’s how the cookie crumbles at times.

What I love about Keselowski is that despite having a career year he’s clearly upset he finished 5th place overall. He’ll be driving the #2 for Team Penske again in 2015 and as long as his team can adjust to the rule changes I expect another big year for the veteran.

Odds to Win the 2015 Sprint Cup Championship

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Jimmie Johnson – 5/1
Jeff Gordon – 6/1
Kevin Harvick – 6/1
Brad Keselowski – 7/1
Joey Logano – 8/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 10/1
Matt Kenseth – 10/1
Carl Edwards – 12/1
Kyle Busch – 12/1
Denny Hamlin – 14/1
Kyle Larson – 18/1
Tony Stewart – 22/1
Kasey Kahne – 25/1
Kurt Busch – 25/1
Ryan Newman – 33/1
Clint Bowyer – 40/1
Greg Biffle – 40/1
Jamie McMurray – 40/1
Austin Dillon – 50/1
Brian Vickers – 100/1
A.J. Allmendinger – 200/1

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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