NASCAR Betting - Props on the Pennsylvania 500

Race-day: 8/2/2009

Race-time: 1:00 pm est.

NASCAR returns to Pocono for the second time this year for the Pennsylvania 500.

Jimmie Johnson will be looking for his second straight Sprint Cup victory when he takes the track on Sunday. BetUS has already released odds on Jimmie, and the rest of the drivers this Sunday, to win the Pennsylvania 500.

The sportsbook has also released odds on Best Finish group betting for the Pennsylvania 500.

Let’s take a look at each group.

NASCAR: Pennsylvania 500 Best Finish

Group A: Denny Hamlin +325, Jeff Gordon +350, Jimmie Johnson +250, Mark Martin +300, Tony Stewart +300

Analysis: This is some group with every driver ranked in the NASCAR Power Rankings . It’s difficult to bet against any one of these drivers, but three of them have knocks. Hamlin just isn’t quite there yet to be put into this group. Gordon isn’t driving with as much authority as most bettors would like to see and Martin has never won at Pocono. That leaves Johnson and Stewart. Johnson might be the hot driver, but Tony is the more consistent of the two this year. I’m going with Smoke.

Pick: Tony Stewart

Group B: Carl Edwards +285, Greg Biffle +300, Kasey Kahne +325, Kurt Busch +300, Kyle Busch +285

Analysis: The Busch brothers both have a good shot in this, but I can’t wager on Kyle right now. The kid has been driving like a kid lately and this group is tough. Kurt I could wager on, but they didn’t do him any favors by putting him in the same category as both 2008 Sprint Cup race winners. Biffle came alive a bit last week and is back in the Chase, but he doesn’t strike me as someone I can count on, especially in this group. That leaves Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards. Both drivers won a race at Pocono last year. Edwards looks to be really tough in this and usually I’d bet him, but the odds on Kahne are much better and he’s been finishing in the top 10 with regularity lately. I have to go with Kahne.

Pick: Kasey Kahne

Group C: Brian Vickers +285, Dale Earnhardt Jr. +300, Clint Bowyer +300, Juan Pablo Montoya +320, Ryan Newman +320

Analysis: Vickers would be a good bet but not at the odds. He simply shouldn’t be the favorite in this group. Jr. has been awful in 2009. Bowyer started strong but hasn’t really cracked the top 10 in a while. That leaves both Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya. Newman would have been the easy choice earlier this year to win this group, but Juan Pablo has been very, very good lately. Montoya is on the cusp of a victory. He should handle these guys with ease.

Pick: Juan Pablo Montoya