2018 Monster Energy Cup Championship Betting Preview

Monster Energy Cup Championship Betting Preview for 2018

With the 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season getting underway this past weekend with Brad Keselowski winning Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash and the prestigious Daytona 500 quickly approaching this coming weekend, now is a perfect time to take a look at the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Championship betting odds to win. Whether you like one of the top favorites like Kyle Busch or reigning champion, Martin Truex Jr., a favorite offering slightly longer odds like Keselowski or maybe, a middle-of-the-pack contender like Erik Jones or maybe Clint Boyer, the expert auto racing insight that you’re about to get could help you cash in big on your NASCAR futures odds wager. Okay with all of that said, let’s get started.

2018 Monster Energy Cup Championship Betting Preview

2018 Monster Energy Cup Championship Betting Odds to Win

  • Kyle Busch: 4/1
  • Martin Truex Jr: 5/1
  • Kyle Larson: 6/1
  • Kevin Harvick: 13/2
  • Chase Elliott: 15/2
  • Jimmie Johnson: 10/1
  • Brad Keselowski: 12/1
  • Joey Logano: 12/1
Kyle Busch may be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Championship, but it is 37-year-old Martin Truex Jr. that is the defending champ after he won it all last year. His title-earning win at Homestead-Miami Speedway was his series-best eighth victory of the year in an effort that included an impressive 19 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes in 36 races. Eight of his top-five finishes were either runner-up or third-place showings. Kyle Busch won five times a year ago but sounded like a sore loser after coming up just short of beating Truex in the final race of the year at Homestead. ”I definitely feel as though we matched them (Truex Jr.) at Homestead,” Busch said. “I’d say that we were actually a little bit better than they were at Homestead. “That’s what makes Homestead so painful — you can be a guy who wins 35 races out of the year, and then that 36th race you can finish second and lose the championship.” Truex, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Busch entered the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the only four drivers title eligible. Kyle Larson won four times a year ago, while Harvin won two times and Keselowski, three times. Keselowski also started off the year by winning the Advance Auto Parts Clash this past weekend while beating out defending Joey Logano and Kurt Busch, both, one-time winners a year ago. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson isn’t quite done and looks like he’s offering some pretty good odds to win it all, seeing as how he won three times a year ago and had four top-five finishes and 11 top 10 finishes.


  • Denny Hamlin: 18/1
  • Erik Jones: 22/1
  • Ryan Blaney: 25/1
  • Field (Any Other Driver): 25/1
  • Clint Bowyer: 35/1
I absolutely love the value that Denny Hamlin is offering, seeing as how he won twice a year ago while recording an insane 15 top 5 finishes and mind-boggling 22 top 10 finishes. Based on the latest Monster Energy Cup Championship Betting Odds, Denny Hamlin is offering a great value. Ryan Blaney recorded one win in 2017 while finishing in the top five four times and the top 10 14 times.


  • Alex Bowman: 55/1
  • Daniel Suarez: 55/1
  • William Byron: 55/1
  • Aric Almirola: 65/1
  • Kurt Busch: 65/1
  • Jamie McMurray: 75/1
  • Ryan Newman: 85/1
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr: 100/1
24-year-old Arizona native Alex Bowman won the pole for the 2018 Daytona 500, so there’s that while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won twice in 2017 while recording 11 top five finishes and a whopping 26 top 10 finishes. Ryan Newman won once in 2017 while recording seven top 5 finishes and 13 top ten finishes.

Rest of the Field

  • Austin Dillon: 175/1
  • Paul Menard: 175/1
  • Trevor Bayne: 400/1
  • AJ Allmendinger: 500/1
  • Darrell Wallace Jr: 500/1
  • Kasey Kahne: 500/1
  • Ty Dillon: 500/1

Expert Analysis and Picks

Despite what the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Championship betting odds are saying, I’m going with Brad Keselowski first, Kyle Larson second and Denny Hamlin as my third pick to win the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Championship.