2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Betting Odds

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Nascar Betting OddsNASCAR Betting Online: NASCAR is the most popular form of auto racing in the United States, and not surprisingly, it's the most common form of racing to wager on as well. The handle for the Daytona 500 is bigger than almost all of the other races combined on the calendar across all forms of auto racing, but that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of betting action throughout the rest of the year as well.

The senior circuit in NASCAR, now known as the Monster Energy Cup, features a season with 36 races, beginning at Daytona in February and finishing up in Homestead in November. There are 24 races in the "regular season," at which time the top 16 finishers on the season will join the Chase for the Championship.

Drivers who win a race over the course of the year are the first ones eligible to join the Chase for the Championship. Assuming that there aren't 16 different drivers who reached Victory Lane over the course of the first 24 races, the rest of the slots are determined by a points scoring system the likes of which NASCAR has used for years and years.

Once the drivers get into the de facto playoff, they are whittled down in three race blocks. The first three races trim the field from 16 to 12, then next three from 12 to eight, the next three from eight to four, and at that point, the last four drivers standing – known as the Championship 4 – duke it out at the Ford EcoBoost 400 with the best finisher ultimately being awarded the Monster Energy. Advancement through each of the levels of the tournament is guaranteed with a victory in one of the three races in that stage, though the points reset after every stage.

List of Monster Energy Winners (Since 2000)

Year Winner Team Manufacturer
2016Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
2015Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs RacingToyota
2014Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas RacingChevrolet
2013Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
2012Brad KeselowskiTeam PenskeDodge
2011Tony StewartStewart-Haas RacingChevrolet
2010Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
2009Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
2008Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
2007Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
2006Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
2005Tony StewartJoe Gibbs RacingChevrolet
2004Kurt BuschRoush RacingFord
2003Matt KensethRoush RacingFord
2002Tony StewartJoe Gibbs RacingPontiac
2001Jeff GordonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
2000Bobby LabonteJoe Gibbs RacingPontiac

The days of Jimmie Johnson dominating the Monster Energy Cup seemed to be said and done with. One of NASCAR's best champions ever had a run of five straight titles from 2006 through 2010, but from 2011 through 2015, five different men ( including him in 2013 ) claimed championship glory, exactly the type of parity that was expected and hoped for out of the Chase for the Championship. That said, J.J. is back on top. He won the 2016 Chase for the Championship for his seventh all-time championship, tying him with the great Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most in the history of this great sport.

Most Career Monster Energy Championships (By Driver)

Wins Driver Years
7Richard Petty1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979
7Dale Earnhardt1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994
7Jimmie Johnson2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016
4Jeff Gordon1995, 1997, 1998, 2001
3Lee Petty1954, 1958, 1959
3David Pearson1966, 1968, 1969
3Cale Yarborough1976, 1977, 1978
3Darrell Waltrip1981, 1982, 1985
3Tony Stewart2002, 2005, 2011

With all of the changes in NASCAR's version of the postseason, it was always looked upon as really hard for anyone to run down Petty and Earnhardt. Johnson was, of course, the only man who realistically had a shot to get the job done after his five straight titles, but now, he has two championships in the last four years as well to match the greats.

Jeff Gordon, another of the all-time greats, only finished with four titles, though it should be noted that this awesome Chase for the Championship format gave him a chance to win another title in 2015 when he was in the Championship 4 going into the Ford EcoBoost 400.

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2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Betting Calendar

New Hampshire 300

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Date: Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Dover Fall Race

Location: Dover International Speedway

Date: Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Bank Of America 500

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Alabama 500

Location: Talladega Superspeedway

Date: Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Hollywood Casino 400

Location: Kansas Speedway

Date: Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Martinsville Fall Race

Location: Martinsville Speedway

Date: Sunday, October 29th, 2017

AAA Texas 500

Location: Texas Motor Speedway

Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Can-Am 500

Location: Phoenix International Raceway

Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Ford Ecoboost 400

Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Date: Sunday, November 19th, 2017

2017 Xfinity Series Betting Calendar

VisitMyrtleBeach.Com 300

Location: Kentucky Speedway

Date: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Drive Sober 200 Presented By The De Office Of Highway Safety

Location: Dover International Speedway

Date: Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Carolina Drive For The Cure 300

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Date: Friday, October 6th, 2017

Kansas Lottery 300

Location: Kansas Speedway

Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2017

O'Reilly Auto Parts 300

Location: Texas Motor Speedway

Date: Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Ticket Galaxy 200

Location: Phoenix International Raceway

Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Ford Ecoboost 300

Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Date: Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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