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The NASCAR Sprint Cup series makes its second trip of the season to Long Pond for the running of the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. Sunday’s race is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Pennsylvania 400
Race: Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway
Date: Sunday, Aug.5, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Jimmie Johnson crossed the finish line first last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to win the Brickyard 400 for the fourth time in his career. Kyle Busch raced his way to a second-place finish and Greg Biffle finished third.
The following is a closer look at our favorite, contender, and longshot for Sunday’s race along with their current odds to win as provided by WagerWeb.
The Favorite (odds of less than 10/1)
Denny Hamlin has been opened at +700 to win Sunday’s race at Pocono and for good reason. The No. 11 car’s sixth-place finish in last week’s race was its 10th top 10 in the first 20 point races on the season. The team is now fifth in the Sprint Cup standings with 667 points and has already found victory lane twice this year. Hamlin also adds value to these odds with a strong showing at this track over the course of his Sprint Cup career. He has an average finishing position of 9.3 that includes a win in this race in 2009 and one in the first race in 2010. Overall, he has four career victories at Pocono and enters this week’s event in good form after finishing fifth the first time he raced here this year.
The Contender (odds of 10/1 to 19/1)
Not since the 2004 season has Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the lead in the Sprint Cup standings, but after a fourth-place finish at Indianapolis, the No. 88 car is now in first place with 731 points. It was the team’s third top-five finish in its last four races to run its season total to nine.
This week, Junior has been opened at +1000 to add a second checkered flag to the 2012 resume after an earlier victory at Michigan. He already posted an eighth-place finish in the first race at Pocono this year and ended-up ninth in last year’s race to extend his current streak of top-10 finishes at this track to three.
The Longshot (odds of 20/1 or higher)
Clint Bowyer has very quietly worked his way to 10th in the standings with 643 points and remains in solid position to make it into this year’s Chase with healthy lead over Kyle Busch, who is currently 11th. The No. 15 car only has four top-five finishes this season, but it won at Sonoma and finished third a few weeks ago at New Hampshire. Bowyer has been opened as a +2400 longshot to win this week, but he has had some measure of success at this track. He finished sixth in the first race here this season and took third in this race in 2009.