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Bowyer making major charge in Chase

Sep 18, 2007 7:03 AM

 Clint Bowyer moved up eight positions in the Chase for the Championship after getting his first career victory at New Hampshire, the first of 10 races.

 Bowyer had been 40/1 and the longest shot of the 12 drivers to win it all. Following the win, Bowyer’s odds dropped immediately to 25/1. Positions shuffled throughout the top 12 except for the top 3.

Jeff Gordon tied Jimmie Johnson for the top slot followed by Tony Stewart who is 15 points behind. Incidentally, if Johnson and Gordon remained tied at the end of the season, Johnson would win the tie-breaker due to fact that has the edge on season wins.

This weekend’s race on the concrete Monster Mile of Dover will be the second race of the year there. Martin Truex Jr won the first in dominating fashion. The win was a career first for Truex.

Bowyer’s victory makes four different drivers this season to win their first career race. Truex has already announced that the dominant car he won with at Dover in early June will be his primary vehicle this weekend. Just a side note about Dover and drivers going for the sweep — three of the last seven years have seen the driver who wins the first race of the season there take the second one.

When looking back at the June race at Dover, the one thing that really sticks out is the success of Fords. That make had struggled in the five previous Car of Tomorrow races, but got the hang of things and placed three drivers among the top 6 finishers.

Chevy is still dominating the COT races, but since then things have improved for the Ford teams. They still only have one win, but that June race really had a positive affect on Carl Edwards’ team. They finished third in that race and later won on another COT race at Bristol.

Looking to find candidates to win outside the Chevy camp is tough. Outside of the Roush group, the only team that can really say they have the COT figured out is Dodges driven by Team Penske.

Ryan Newman finished second to Truex Jr in June’s Dover race. He really had the second best car that day, but it’s possible they can take what additional information learned since then and make them just a little bit better. Newman comes in at around 12/1. His teammate, Kurt Busch, can be found at the same odds. Busch hasn’t been as good as Newman in the COT, but is always a threat.

Trucks roll into Vegas

If looking for something fun to do this Saturday night, head out to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Truck race.

The race starts at 6 pm and the weather outside at that time is absolutely perfect. While you’re heading out to the track, be sure to stop by a Station Casinos property or the Hilton Super Book and get a wager on the race.

Mike Skinner is the 3/1 favorite, followed by Johnny Benson at 5/1. Our favorite Truck series driver, Las Vegan Brendan Gaughan, comes in at 20/1.


1. #1 Martin Truex Jr  10/1
2. #99 Carl Edwards 12/1
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson  5/1
4. #20 Tony Stewart 7/1
5. #24 Jeff Gordon 6/1
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