Favorite Cup Series after 16 races

Kyle Larson stays the NASCAR Cup favourite however the title race is huge open.

Larson (+550) is one in every of eight drivers With possibilities of +900 or higher in BetMGM to take the championship on the Winner Takes All Championship ultimate in Phoenix. With the Cup collection approaching its solely week of the season over Father’s Day, now could be the time to check out the chances after Daniel Suarez turns into the twelfth driver to win a race over the primary 16 races of the season.

Suarez triumphed at Sonoma on Sunday to attain the primary win of his profession within the Cup Sequence. He joined teammate Ross Chastain as one in every of dozens of drivers provisionally certified for the playoff matches with 10 races earlier than the beginning of the post-season.

In case you are not aware of the way in which NASCAR defines the playoff area, this is a fast reminder. Sixteen drivers conduct qualifying and the win is often an automated berth within the qualifying enviornment. 4 drivers are disqualified from qualifying in every of the primary three rounds of three races earlier than 4 drivers combat straight in Phoenix for the title.

KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 15: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of Toyota's #18 M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota, and Kurt Busch, driver of the #45 Jordan, Toyota, race during the Cup Series NASCAR AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Kyle Larson has the very best odds of anybody profitable the 2022 NASCAR Cup Sequence title, however Kyle Busch is true behind him on the board. (Photograph by Sean Gardner/Getty Photographs)

We used the phrase “typical” within the paragraph above as a result of there have been not more than 16 winners within the first 26 races of the season since NASCAR expanded its playoffs. There’s a probability of a winner being disqualified from qualifying in 2022. It solely wants 5 extra drivers to win the subsequent 10 races to have 17 winners. Drivers like Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick and Tyler Riddick have not made it to the victory lane but this season.

Larsson’s standing as a defending champion can also be a giant purpose why he is the title favourite. Larson is at the moment seventh within the factors standings and has eight prime ten locations in 16 races. 5 drivers have earned Larsson’s prime 10 ranks to this point this season.

Level chief Chase Elliott is tied for second favourite alongside Kyle Busch and Ross Chastain at +600. Elliott, Chastain and Bush are the highest three drivers within the factors standings and are solely 23 factors aside. Chastain is one in every of 4 drivers to have two wins to this point this season whereas Busch has the very best common end within the Cup collection at 11.8.

Denny Hamlin and William Byron at +800 to win the title. Byron additionally had two wins however solely completed within the prime ten 5 occasions throughout his first 16 races. Hamlin is outdoors the highest 20 within the rankings because of seven locations outdoors the highest 25 and has solely three locations out of the highest ten. However he additionally gained twice.

Blaney and Truex have the very best title odds than any no-win drivers. Blaney is at +900 to win the title whereas Truex is at +1200. Blaney is fourth within the standings and has 5 gamers in first place. Truex is sixth within the rating regardless of solely taking the highest 5 locations.

If qualifying begins in the present day, the 4 post-season non-winning drivers could be Blaney, Truex, Bell (+2200) and Aric Almirola (+12500). Almerola is eleventh within the standings and 7 factors away from teammate Stewart Haas Racing (+3300) in his ultimate season within the Cup Sequence. Almerola introduced earlier than the season that 2022 could be his final full-time run at NASCAR, and for now, he is been constant sufficient to slide into the playoffs even when the odds-makers assume he has no actual probability of profitable the title.

This is a have a look at the present prime 20 contenders for the Cup Sequence title.

2022 Cup title odds

  • (+550) Kyle Larson

  • Chase Elliott (+600)

  • Kyle Bush (+600)

  • Ross Chastain (+600)

  • Denny Hamlin (+800)

  • William Byron (+800)

  • Ryan Blaney (+900)

  • Joey Logano (+900)

  • (+1200) Martin Truex Jr.

  • (+1600) Alex Bowman

  • Kurt Busch (+2000)

  • Christopher Bell (+2200)

  • Tyler Riddick (+2200)

  • Chase Briscoe (+2200)

  • Kevin Harvick (+3300)

  • Daniel Suarez (+3300)

  • (+5000) Austin Cendrick

  • (+8000) Eric Jones

  • Brad Keselowski (+12500)

  • Eric Almerola (+12500)

  • Austin Dillon (+12500)