NASCAR betting: Advocare 500 preview

Nov 9, 2012 |
NASCAR betting: Advocare 500 preview
Jimmie Johnson has a seven-point lead in the Chase standings.
Jimmie Johnson has a seven-point lead in the Chase standings.
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 isn’t over, but NASCAR's penultimate race in the 2012 season could be the event where Jimmie Johnson clinches his sixth NASCAR title.

Johnson is in control as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Phoenix International Raceway for Sunday’s Advocare 500. With a seven-point lead, Johnson knows it’s his Chase to win, or lose.
“It’s a small amount of control, but we’re definitely in control,” Johnson told reporters. “We don’t have to catch any or make up any points. Seven points is nothing to feel comfortable about and to relax on. We’re still going to go into Phoenix and act as if we’re behind and go in there to try to sit on the pole and win the race again.”
Johnson has a pretty good shot at another win Sunday. He leads all active drivers with four wins at Phoenix and has earned more points in the last five races at Phoenix than any other driver. Johnson also has the highest average finish and the highest driver rating among the Top 12 drivers.

Perhaps the only hope the rest of the field has is that Johnson’s last victory at Phoenix came in 2009. But, in the last five races Johnson has finished fifth or better in four events.

Check out the rest of the Advocare 500 preview and get Greg's picks to win here.

Odds to win Advocare 500 (Courtesy of JustBet).

Jimmie Johnson 4-1
Brad Keselowski 5-1
Denny Hamlin 6-1
Kyle Busch 8-1
Kasey Kahne 8-1
Tony Stewart 12-1
Jeff Gordon 12-1
Clint Bowyer 12-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12-1
Mark Martin 15-1
Kevin Harvick 20-1
Matt Kenseth 20-1
Martin Truex Jr. 20-1
Greg Biffle 20-1
Carl Edwards 25-1
Ryan Newman 50-1
Joey Lagano 50-1
Paul Menard 100-1
Sam Hornish, Jr. 100-1
Marcos Ambrose 100-1
Kurt Busch 100-1
Jeff Burton 100-1
Aric Almirola 200-1
Bobby Labonte 300-1
Travis Kvapil 300-1
Juan Montoya 300-1
Jamie McMurray 300-1
Regan Smith 300-1
Danica Patrick 300-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1

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