2018 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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2018 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Betting Calendar

Advance Auto Parts Clash

Date: Sunday, Feb 11, 2018

Location: Daytona International Speedway

Can-Am Duel 1

Date: Thursday, Feb 15, 2018

Location: Daytona International Speedway

Daytona 500

Date: Sunday, Feb 18, 2018

Location: Daytona International Speedway

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Date: Sunday, Feb 25, 2018

Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Pennzoil 400

Date: Sunday, Mar 4, 2018

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix

Date: Sunday, Mar 11, 2018

Location: Phoenix Raceway

Auto Club 400

Date: Sunday, Mar 18, 2018

Location: Auto Club Speedway

STP 500

Date: Sunday, Mar 25, 2018

Location: Martinsville Speedway

O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Date: Sunday, Apr 8, 2018

Location: Texas Motor Speedway

Food City 500

Date: Sunday, Apr 15, 2018

Location: Bristol Motor Speedway

Toyota Owners 400

Date: Richmond Raceway, 2018

Location: Saturday, Apr 21

GEICO 500

Date: Sunday, Apr 29, 2018

Location: Talladega Superspeedway

2018 Xfinity Series Betting Calendar

POWERSHARES QQQ 300

Date: Saturday, Feb 17, 2018

Location: Daytona International Speedway

Rinnai 250

Date: Saturday, Feb 24, 2018

Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Boyd Gaming 300

Date: Saturday, Mar 3, 2018

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

DC Solar 200

Date: Saturday, Mar 10, 2018

Location: ISM Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race at Auto Club

Date: Saturday, Mar 17, 2018

Location: Auto Club Speedway

My Bariatric Solutions 300

Date: Saturday, Apr 7, 2018

Location: Texas Motor Speedway

Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

Date: Saturday, Apr 14, 2018

Location: Bristol Motor Speedway

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