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Earnhardt takes a back seat to Gordon at Sonoma

June 22, 2008|Lonnie White | Times Staff Writer

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ended a 76-race winless streak last week at Michigan International Speedway, will seek his second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory today at the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

But oddsmakers do not give Earnhardt much of a chance on the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. At betEd.com, Earnhardt is listed with 120-1 odds, numbers that put him deep in the pack of 43-car field.

Four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, who has won five times on the difficult course at Infineon, is listed as the favorite at 3.75-1.

Gordon, who had already gained four of his six 2007 victories by this point last season, is still looking for his first win of the season. Oddsmakers like Gordon's chances based on his history at Infineon, where he holds the qualifying track record, most laps led and the most races led.

Robby Gordon, also seeking his first victory of the season, has the second-best odds for today's race at 6.75-1.

He's followed by Tony Stewart with 7.5-1 odds, and Juan Pablo Montoya and Kevin Harvick at 9-1.

The odds are slightly different at Bodoglife.com, which lists Jeff Gordon as the favorite at 3-1.

Robby Gordon is next at 7-1, and then things change up. Kurt Busch, who leads the Sprint Cup Series standings, is listed along with Montoya at 9-1, followed by Stewart at 10-1.

In updated odds for the 2008 driver's Cup championship, Busch is listed as the favorite with 7-2 odds, followed by Earnhardt at 5-1, and Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards at 6-1, according to Sportsbetting.com.

Jeff Burton, who trails Busch by 32 points in the Cup standings, is listed at 15-1 odds.

Tennis

Odds for Wimbledon, which will begin Monday, were updated after seedings for the tournament were released last week, and the story is in the women's division.

That's because Ana Ivanovic, this month's French Open champion and Wimbledon's top-seeded player, isn't the favorite.

That role goes to Maria Sharapova, who is listed with 5-2 odds.

Serena Williams has the second-best odds at 4-1, followed by Ivanovic at 7-2.

Venus Williams is next with 5-1 odds, which are better than those for Jelena Jankovic, the No. 2-seeded player, who is listed with 10-1 odds.

Pro football

For those football bettors who can't wait for the start of NFL training camps next month, here are a few more future wagers available at Bodoglife.com:

What conference will the leading passer come from? AFC (-200) or NFC (+150); What conference will the leading receiver come from? AFC (-225) or NFC (+175); What conference will the sack leader come from? AFC (-120) or NFC (-120).

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lonnie.white@latimes.com

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