While we are not quite at the midway point of the NASCAR season, this weekend in Sonoma will be the final race before we head into the All-Star Race next weekend. It has been a fantastic first half of the season and we have a really tight race going on at the top of the driver standings. This will be the last chance for the chasing pack to put even more pressure on Denny Hamlin at the top before we essentially take a week off. The Sunday race is the Toyota/Save Mart 350, which will be held in Sonoma, California. Let’s take a quick look at some of the favorites for this weekend to win the Toyota Save Mart 350 along with their NASCAR odds.
NASCAR Cup Series: Toyota Save Mart 350 Betting Preview
Chase Elliott (+180)
You could probably argue that we have yet to see the best from the defending champion this season, yet he is nicely poised to make another run this season, sitting in 4th in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings. He has 1 win on the season and has been in the top 5 in 6 other races, so it’s not as if he has been poor. It is more about the fact that he set such a high bar for himself last season. Still, Elliott is keeping pace with the leaders and will be looking to get closer still this weekend. He does not have a win in his 4 runs at the Sonoma track, but he does have a top 5 and a top 10 among those 4 races.
Martin Truex Jr. (+400)
It is perhaps a bit of a surprise that Truex Jr. is not in as the outright favorite here for a couple of different reasons. The first of those is that no driver has more wins on the season than Truex Jr., who has already taken the checkered flag 3 times this season. He only has 2 other top 5 finishes outside of those wins, which is why he is not higher in the standings. The other reason to take a serious look at Truex Jr. this weekend is that he has won in each of his last 2 runs at Sonoma. Overall, he has 3 career wins at this track.
Kyle Larson (+650)
After a 2020 season that saw Larson suspended for the majority of the year, he has returned to action this season and very quietly gone about mounting a serious challenge to win it all. He won last weekend, his second victory of the year, and is now sitting in 2nd place in the driver standings. One thing that is sure to sway some bettors is that Larson will have the pole this weekend, but perhaps take that with a grain of salt. Larson has had the pole in each of his last 3 starts at Sonoma and only managed to crack the top 10 once.
Kyle Busch (+800)
If the season were to end today, Kyle Busch would be in the playoffs by the skin of his teeth. He had a disappointing season in 2020, which is something that has carried over to this season. Busch does have a win on the season and has 9 top 10 finishes to date, yet it still feels as though he is underperforming. He is a driver worth looking at this weekend, as he usually does well at Sonoma. He has 2 Cup Series wins there and has not finished worse than 7th in his last 5 runs at Sonoma.
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