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NASCAR betting: Quicken Loans 400 preview

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads north to the Irish Hills and the Michigan International Speedway for the Quicken Loans 400 Sunday.

Michigan is one of the fastest racetracks on the circuit and the wide corners allow for passing.

Here’s our betting preview:

Favorite: Jimmie Johnson (+400). . . 521 points

Johnson, who leads all drivers with 521 points, dominated last week’s race at Pocono and picked up his third win of the season. Johnson has four top-fives and nine top-10s in 22 career starts at MIS.

Live dog: Clint Bowyer (+2500)

Bowyer has the highest driver’s rating for the last four races at Michigan. He finished in seventh place in both races at MIS last year and finished in eighth place in the pair of races in 2011.

Long shot:
Ryan Newman (+4000)

Newman posted his second top-five finish of the season last week in Pocono. He has two wins, five top-fives and seven top-10s in 22 starts at MIS.

Key stat:
Roush Fenway Racing has 12 Sprint Cup Series wins at Michigan, the most of any team.

Notable quotable:

“Regardless of new pavement or not, it’s wide-open racing, and you can run from top to bottom. The biggest thing used to be to find grip there. But with the new surface, there is a ton of grip now. Before, you had grip for maybe five laps, and then you’d just be out to lunch. But now the tire wear is all out the window, and the racetrack is very fast. And the wide racetrack is good. That’s what makes Michigan so exciting and so fun. That’s the biggest deal about it.” Kyle Bush on MIS.

Odds to win the Quicken Loans 400 courtesy of JustBet:


Jimmie Johnson 4-1
Matt Kenseth 7-1
Kasey Kahne 7-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8-1
Denny Hamlin 10-1
Kyle Busch 10-1
Carl Edwards 12-1
Tony Stewart 12-1
Brad Keselowski 12-1
Kurt Busch 15-1
Greg Biffle 15-1
Kevin Harvick 18-1
Jeff Gordon 18-1
Martin Truex Jr. 25-1
Clint Bowyer 25-1
Ryan Newman 40-1
Joey Logano 40-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 40/1
Mark Martin 60-1
Jamie McMurray 60-1
Juan Montoya 60-1

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