After another impressive performance, this time at Road America, Chase Elliott is the outright favorite to win the 2022 Driver’s Championship in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Tyler Reddick won the Road America race last Sunday, with Chase Elliott coming second.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 3, 2022
Elliott is the leading points scorer in the driver’s table with 624, that’s 33 ahead of 2nd placed Ryan Blaney, and 35 ahead of 3rd placed Ross Chastain. Elliott is also a massive 71 points clear of teammate and pre-season favorite Kyle Larson.
So with just eight rounds to go before we reach the playoffs, is Chase Elliott the man to get behind for the rest of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series?
2022 Cup Series Betting
After Sunday’s race, Chase Elliott is now the outright favorite to win this season’s driver’s championship with most of the top NASCAR betting sites. Some make him a joint-favorite with Larson, but most have him as their outright favorite.
Defending champion Kyle Larson led the betting markets for much of the season. He started as the clear leader with the best betting sites, but with just one win and four DNFs to his name this season, Larson has gradually slipped down the pecking order.
The sportsbooks have stuck with the Hendrick Motorsports racer for long enough. He has been a joint favorite with Elliott for the past few weeks, but the form of Elliott in the last two races has seen him finally get ahead of Larson in the betting.
|2022 NASCAR Cup Series Winner|
|Martin Truex Jr||+1200||+1000|
What’s Left This Season?
The first answer is that plenty is left this season. We are only at the start of July, and the Championship race doesn’t take place until November 6th. But in short, there are eight regular-season races to go, with the playoffs starting on September 4th.
The remaining eight races are:-
- Quaker State 400
- Ambetter 301
- M&M Fan’s Appreciation 400
- Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
- FireKeepers Casino 400
- Federated Auto Parts 400
- Go Bowling At The Glen
- Coke Zero Sugar 400
Don’t be under any illusions. These eight races will go some way to deciding who this season’s championship winner is, but the playoffs are where it really will be decided. There is no chance of Elliott and Larson not making the playoffs, and that is where things will really heat up.
But roll back 12 months, and Kyle Larson was the dominant driver, and he went on to win the 2021 Cup Series Championship. So even though the title won’t be decided in these final eight races, they will give us a great indication of who the in-form driver is and who is most likely to win the title.
Chase Elliott; The New Cup Series Betting Favourite
Chase Elliott has form, and he has pedigree in this championship. He won the 2020 edition, so he knows how to get the job done. Elliott has the backing of one of, if not the top teams in Hendrick Motorsports, and at 26 years of age, Elliott is approaching the prime of his career.
He started the season slowly but has led the driver’s points championship for weeks now – mainly down to his consistency. Despite some of the top drivers suffering from DNFs this season, Elliott has limited his non-finishes to just one race. Add to that his 12 Top 10 finishes, and you can see why Elliott is the favorite.
Yes, it’s been an open season this year. The most wins by any driver are 2, and guess what, Elliott is one of the few drivers with two wins to his name.
In recent weeks, Elliott has returned to form. In last Sunday’s race, he finished second at Road America to Tyler Reddick. While in the Ally 400 the previous weekend, Elliott scored his second win of the season at the Nashville Superspeedway circuit.
Our Pick – Chase Elliott To Win 2022 Driver’s Cup Series Championship
Kyle Larson; The Defending Champ
All season picks writers like me and the best NASCAR betting sites have been struggling to write off Kyle Larson. And with good reason.
We all know he has the same strong team support as Elliott, and we all know how outrageously good Larson was when winning his maiden Driver’s Championship last year.
Larson is capable of winning back-to-back races, and we’re all aware that a couple of wins in the next few weeks from the 2021 champ will see him head the NASCAR betting picks again.
Ross Chastain; The Unknown Danger
It might sound silly to describe Ross Chastain as an unknown danger, as we all know how good he is. But what I mean is that Chastain and his Trackhouse Racing team have been upsetting the odds all season.
We keep expecting them to fall away, but they keep performing and proving us wrong. At what point do we change our thought process and start expecting results from Trackhouse?
Well, the answer to that is we should already have changed it. Chastain has arguably been the most consistent driver this season. Like Elliott, he has two wins, but has nine Top 5 finishes, the most of any driver. The only criticism of Chastain is his three DNFs.
At +650, Chastain is well worth a side wager.