And if you did, you'd be missing out on the guy who's the odds-on favorite. Oddsmakers have installed Hamlin as a 5/12 favorite to win the Cup, which means you'd have to invest $12 just to win back $5 -- in other words, Hamlin is a solid favorite to win. Not far behind him is Johnson, who's a 3/2 favorite to win the Cup. Harvick is a relative longshot at 7/1.
Hamlin is also the favorite to win the race itself, at 3/1 odds. Johnson is 5/1 and Harvick is again at 7/1. Who's the top non-contender? Both Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle are 8/1 favorites, and Mark Martin is the top non-Chaser at 18/1.
What does this tell us? Eh, nothing that we didn't already know. Perhaps there's an overvaluing of Hamlin or an undervaluing of Johnson; perhaps there's not. Harvick, for the record, seems pegged exactly where he ought to be.
Will this race hurry up and get here already?