NASCAR betting: Pennsylvania 400 preview

Aug 2, 2012 |
NASCAR betting: Pennsylvania 400 preview
Jimmie Johnson has finished fourth in each of his last three trips to Pocono.
Jimmie Johnson has finished fourth in each of his last three trips to Pocono.
Greg Engle is the editor of the racing blog and covers the Sprint Cup Series for the Examiner. You can follow him on Twitter @cupscene.

It’s no longer unknown territory. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup series returns to Pocono Raceway for Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400. But, unlike the stop in June, teams will have notes and experience with the newly paved speedway.

To find an edge, look no farther back than last week’s stop at the Brickyard and those who did well here in June. The 2.5-mile tracks have similar flat corners and what worked well last week, and in June, should work Sunday.
That’s why this week’s favorite has to be Jimmie Johnson. Johnson dominated last week at Indy and there’s no reason the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 juggernaut won’t continue this week.

"I feel that from a performance standpoint, we're as strong as we've ever been,” Johnson said after his record fourth win at the Brickyard. “We've had issues late in a race that's cost us track position for a variety of reasons and that's the part that we need to make sure is buttoned up before the Chase starts and carry that through the Chase.”
Johnson was fourth here in June. In fact, he’s finished fourth the last three times the series has visited Pocono. Johnson has two wins and has a pretty good chance adding a third this weekend.

Check out the rest of the Pennsylvania 400 preview and get picks for Sunday’s race.

Odds to win the Pennsylvania 400 (Couresty of SBG Global)

Jimmie Johnson 6-1
Denny Hamlin 7-1
Kyle Busch 8-1
Kurt Busch 8-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10-1
Tony Stewart 10-1
Matt Kenseth 10-1
Kasey Kahne 10-1
Greg Biffle 10-1
Jeff Gordon 12-1
Carl Edwards 15-1
Mark Martin 15-1
Joey Lagano 15-1
Kevin Harvick 15-1
Brad Keselowski 15-1
Martin Truex Jr. 25-1
Ryan Newman 30-1
Clint Bowyer 30-1
Sam Hornish, Jr. 100-1
Jeff Burton 100-1
Marcos Ambrose 100-1
Juan Montoya 100-1
Paul Menard 100-1
Jamie McMurray 100-1
Regan Smith 300-1
David Gilliland 300-1
David Ragan 300-1
Aric Almirola 300-1
Bobby Labonte 300-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1

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