2012 STP 400 Odds, Predictions, Betting Tips and Free Picks – Favorites and Lines to Win 2012 STP 400 at Kansas Speedway: NASCAR betting odds to win the 2012 STP 400 this Sunday, April 22nd at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas have been posted at all the major Las Vegas and best online sportsbooks with Jimmie Johnson having been installed as the 6/1 +600 favorite to win the 2012 STP 400.
Kansas Speedway has enjoyed a lot of success as a facility in recent years. The track has earned a second date, and its fall event is one of the 10 playoff races. Of course, Kansas has earned its accolades. The track has had a weird habit of producing surprising winners and unexpected finishes. From Joe Nemechek pulling off a huge upset to the rain and darkness forcing NASCAR to abruptly end a race, you never know what to expect when the series visits Kansas.
Last June, Kurt Busch appeared to have the competition covered. He led 152 of the 267 laps and had the car to beat on long runs. However, Busch was one of several drivers forced to make an extra pit stop during the final run. Brad Keselowski on the other hand was one of a handful of drivers that was able to stretch his fuel to the finish, picking up a win despite leading just nine laps.
In the fall event, nothing could stop Jimmie Johnson from getting to Victory Lane. He led 197 of the 272 laps, pulling away from the field during a green-white-checkered finish. It ended up being Johnson’s only win of the Chase, and in many ways, it was his last real push to win a sixth straight title.
The Favorites – 2012 STP 400 Odds, Predictions and Free Picks
He is coming off a win at Texas, and now Greg Biffle gets to head to one of his best tracks. He leads all drivers with an 8.3 average finish at Kansas, and he has finished in the top 12 in 10 straight starts at the track. During the stretch, he has six finishes of third or better, including a pair of wins. The point leader could make it back-to-back wins.
He is the defending winner of the fall race at the track, and Jimmie Johnson is riding a streak of six straight top-10 finishes at Kansas. He has two wins and four top-three finishes during the stretch and an 8.4 average finish for his career. Johnson has finished second at both 1.5-mile tracks this season, and it is only a matter of time before he gets back to Victory Lane.
After busting out of his slump last weekend, Jeff Gordon could continue to roll this weekend. He is a two-time winner at Kansas, and he has eight top-five finishes in 12 career starts at the track. Gordon has five top-five finishes in his last six starts at Kansas, and he should be in the mix Sunday.
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Matt Kenseth is enjoying a great season, and he should continue to have plenty of success this weekend. He has been steadily improving in his recent starts at Kansas, finishing seventh or better in three straight starts. Kenseth finished a career-best fourth at the track last fall, and with as well as he has been running at the 1.5-mile tracks lately, he could notch his first-career win at Kansas this weekend.
Although he hasn’t been the most consistent driver at Kansas, there is no doubt Tony Stewart is dangerous. He has a pair of wins and three fourth-place finishes in 12 starts at the track. Stewart also has three wins in the last four races at 1.5-mile tracks, and even though his streak came to an end last weekend, he is still on the short list of drivers to beat this weekend.
His perfect fuel mileage strategy allowed Brad Keselowski to win at Kansas last June. He followed up the victory with a third-place run in the fall, making the track one of his best intermediate ovals. Keselowski has had trouble getting into a rhythm this year, but Kansas could be the spot where he gets on a hot streak.
Sleeper Specials – 2012 STP 400 Odds, Predictions and Free Picks
Life as a part-time driver has been kind to Mark Martin this season. He is averaging a top-10 finish in 2012, and he is coming off a top-five finish last weekend at Texas. More importantly, Martin is a former winner at Kansas, and he finished in the top-10 at the track last fall. Watch out for the ageless wonder this weekend.
Despite never even finishing in the top 10 at Kansas, Martin Truex Jr. could be a threat this weekend. He is enjoying a career year, sitting fourth in the standings with five top-10 finishes in the first seven races of the season. Truex is outperforming all of his previous numbers, and at some point, bettors have to throw out his old stats and trust his current hot streak.
Drivers to Avoid – 2012 STP 400 Odds, Predictions and Free Picks
In nine starts at Kansas, Kyle Busch has yet to finish in the top five. In fact, he only has a single top-10 finish. Busch’s 21.1 average finish at Kansas makes it one of his worst tracks on the schedule. He can be the most dominating drivers in the series at times, but he is still trying to figure out this 1.5-mile track.
Joey Logano’s career at Kansas has been miserable. His five starts at the track have yet to yield a top-15 finish, and he has finished outside the top 20 four times. Logano has a dismal 27.2 average finish at Kansas, and he has shown no signs of improving.
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2012 STP 400 Odds – April 22nd at Kansas Speedway.
Driver Odds to Win the 2012 STP 400
101 Jimmie Johnson +600
102 Tony Stewart +700
103 Matt Kenseth +800
104 Greg Biffle +800
105 Kevin Harvick +1000
106 Carl Edwards +1000
107 Jeff Gordon +1000
108 Kyle Busch +1000
109 Brad Keselowski +1200
110 Denny Hamlin +1200
111 Kasey Kahne +1500
112 Dale Earnhardt Jr +1500
113 Clint Bowyer +3000
114 Mark Martin +3000
115 Martin Truex Jr +3000
116 Ryan Newman +3500
117 AJ Allmendinger +5000
118 Jeff Burton +5000
119 Field +2000
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