- What: 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race
- Date: Sunday, November 5, 2023
- Location: Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona
- Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: NBC and Peacock
With his win at Martinsville on Sunday, Ryan Blaney earned his spot in the final four drivers competing for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series championship on Sunday in Phoenix. Blaney joined Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell in the group of finalists. William Byron earned the fourth spot with his 13th-place finish in Martinsville. Bryon edged out Denny Hamlin for that spot. Hamlin, who finished in fifth place in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series championship, placed third in Martinsville. The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race takes place on Sunday, November 5, at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.
Last year, Joey Logano took first at Phoenix. The win gave him the second NASCAR Cup Series championship of his career. Logano also won the title in 2016. Of the four drivers competing for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series championship, only Kyle Larson has a title to his name. Larson won the championship in 2021 with a victory at Phoenix.
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2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship betting picks
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The driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevy Camaro, Kyle Larson, has been one of the best NASCAR Cup Series drivers this year. The 31-year-old, who followed his 2021 championship-winning performance with a seventh-place finish in 2022, won four races in 2023, including two victories during the playoff stage of the season. No driver other than Larson led more than 1,000 laps during the season (1,127). Larson’s strong racing in 2023 saw him pick up 14 top-five finishes and 17 inside the top 10. He was one of three drivers with eight stage wins this year, along with William Bryon and Denny Hamlin.
In his last seven starts at Phoenix, Larson has not started outside the seven. He has picked up one win and four top-five finishes in those races.
Ryan Blaney, the driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang, had a great race at Martinsville. The 29-year-old won the race for his third victory of the year. Blaney picked up six stage wins over the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season to go with seven finishes in the top five and 17 inside the top 10. Blaney led a total of 560 laps during the 2023 season. Last year Blaney finished the year in eighth place. He has not finished a NASCAR Cup Series season lower than 10th since 2018. His best all-time finish before this year came in 2019 and 2021, when he placed seventh.
Blaney has never picked up a win at Phoenix, but he has finished inside the top five in each of his past four starts on the track, including back-to-back runner-up finishes in his past two starts.
Driving the No. 24 Chevy Camaro for Hendrick Motorsports, William Byron has picked up a NASCAR Cup Series-leading six wins in 2023. The 25-year-old, who finished a career-best sixth place last year, has consistently picked up points during the playoffs, finishing all but two races inside the top 10. Byron has one win during the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, picking up a victory in Texas. He also finished as the runner-up at Talladega and Charlotte. Over the course of the year, Byron was tied for most top-five finishes with Kyle Larson with 14. Byron had the most top-10 finishes with 20. He has led 921 laps this year.
Byron’s only win at Phoenix came this year during the spring race on the track. Before that, he had not finished inside the top five on the course.
Christopher Bell has been behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing during the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season. The 28-year-old has been a part of the series since 2020. He had the best run of his young career in 2022 when he finished in third place. Bell looks to improve on that finish in 2023. Of the four drivers who remain in the playoffs, Bell has the fewest wins this year with two. However, he comes into the final race of the year with a win at Homestead, a runner-up finish in Las Vegas and after placing seventh at Martinsville. Bell has 10 top-five finishes this year and 19 finishes inside the top-10.
Bell has never finished inside the top five at Phoenix. In seven starts on the track, his best finish came this spring when he placed sixth. He does have three other top-10 finishes on the course.
Best bets to win the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship
Kyle Larson has had one of the fastest cars this year during NASCAR Cup Series competition. He was the first driver to qualify for the championship. As such, he and his team at Hendrick Motorsports have been preparing for this race for a couple of weeks. With that, look for Larson and his car to be dialed in for Phoenix. The betting favorite is our pick to win the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
Best 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship pick: Kyle Larson to win
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