After a week off, the NASCAR Cup Series is back this weekend, so here we look at the Ally 400 at Nashville and name our free betting picks on Sunday’s big race.
The race is taking place at the Nashville Superspeedway course in a return to racing on an oval track after the recent road race at Sonoma two weeks ago in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 race.
The Nashville track has had a chequered history and in fairness not many chequered flags. First opened in 2001, racing here came to a finish in 2011 when the course effectively closed down due to having no prospects of hosting NASCAR Cup Series events.
After ten years, the track was given a reprieve in 2021 when the Ally 400 got hosted here. This year’s race will be the second edition of the event.
2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Winner Betting
Regardless of the odds for the Ally 400 race, some of the best NASCAR betting sites no longer have Kyle Larson as their sole favorite in the futures market to win the 2022 NASCAR Cup Championship.
BetOnline has both Larson and his teammate Chase Elliott as their +600 joint betting favorites. The two Hendrick Motorsports drivers are followed by Kyle Busch of the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Busch is now +750, closely followed by William Byron at +800 and Ross Chastain at +850.
Denny Hamlin is a dangerous floater in the betting. The Joe Gibbs driver is one of only four drivers with two wins to his name this season. Hamlin is now at +900 and has to be feeling it could be now or never for him to win his first-ever Cup Championship.
The Team Team Penske duo of Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney look good value to me. Both drivers’ odds have drifted in the week since the last race. Logano is at +1000, while Blaney is at +1100.
NASCAR Ally 400; All You Need To Know
As we already mentioned, this year’s race is the second Ally 400 to be held here since the track reopened in 2021. Last year’s race was won by Kyle Larson, who in fairness, was winning just about everything this time 12 months ago.
Fast forward a year, Larson is struggling. The man who looked a shoo-in to win the Cup Series just a few weeks ago is now no longer the betting favorite, as we alluded to in our look at the futures betting above.
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So can Larson get back on track this weekend? Well, he’s certainly a big betting favorite. In the main, I guess this is more down to his win here 12 months ago than his current form.
What about the circuit? Well, it’s tri-oval shaped and is 1.333 miles in length. The concrete structure isn’t a favorite with NASCAR racing connoisseurs, but it’s still expected to fetch a huge crowd over the weekend.
- What; NASCAR Cup Series Championship 2022
- Race; Ally 400
- Where; Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tennessee
- When; Sunday, June 26th, 2022
- Time; 5 pm ET
NASCAR Ally 400 Betting Picks
|2022 NASCAR Ally 400 Race Winner Betting|
|Martin Truex Jr||+1200||+1200|
Championship leader Chase Elliott has had a poor run over recent weeks with just one top 10 finish in his last four races. On this form, I can’t be going near Elliott.
The same can be said for his teammate and the 2021 Cup Series Championship winner, Kyle Larson. Larson at odds of just +450 to win the race doesn’t represent any value to me and even though he is well able to win this race, as is Elliott, I just can’t back them at those prices.
So who is worth wagering on in this week’s NASCAR betting picks?
Ryan Blaney +1200 To Win
Well, one driver I have been hot on lately is Ryan Blaney. Team Penske has been performing and Blaney is one of the guys who just has raw speed. Due to all the issues surrounding tires and all of the problems involving the Next-Gen car, favorites are getting turned over every week.
I like the look of Ryan Blaney in recent weeks, and at odds of +1200, I think he is a great value pick.
Christopher Bell +550 Top 3 Finish
Another guy I’m taking a punt on this weekend is Christopher Bell. The best online sportsbooks don’t seem to be giving him a chance, but the Joe Gibbs driver has two top 10 finishes in his last three races and I feel he may be threatening to do something.
At odds of +2000, he can be back for small dimes as a saver, but the wager I’m more looking at is a Top 3 finish. Even if you back Bell to win, my pick is for Christopher Bell to finish in the Top 3 at odds of +550.
Ross Chastain +800 To Win
With two wins to his name this year, Ross Chastain is having a season to remember. The big boys are failing every week at the moment, so with confidence high and the playing field level, why not another win for the Trachhouse Racing driver?