It has been something of an uncertain start to the new NASCAR season for a lot of drivers, with the current champion, Kyle Larson, among those who are struggling to get anything going through the opening few weeks. We have had 6 races and 6 different winners, which may help explain why the odds for the favorite this weekend in Richmond are a little higher than we are used to seeing. Those of you who regularly wager on the Cup Series know how difficult it is to pick the winner in any given week, but that has reached all new levels of difficulty this season. The question now is whether the current trend will continue, or whether we will see one of the previous winners pick up another win. Let’s now take a look at some of the favorites to win the Toyota Owners 400 along with their NASCAR Betting Odds.
NASCAR Cup Series Betting Preview for Toyota Owners 400 Race
Chase Elliott (+840)
If you look at the Cup Series career of Chase Elliott, you don’t see a guy that racks up a ton of wins, but you do see a driver that is about as consistent as it gets. That has held true through the opening 6 weeks of the season, as Elliott has yet to take a checkered flag but still finds himself sitting atop the driver standings. He doesn’t even have a podium finish this season, but Elliott just seems to find a way to pick up points and keep moving on. While he is the favorite for this race, he has yet to pick up a win at Richmond, although he has been in the top 5 in each of his last 2 runs there.
Martin Truex Jr. (+940)
This is another driver that just automatically seems to be in the hunt every single season. He won the Cup Series in 2017 and has followed that up by finishing 2nd overall in 3 of the following 4 years. It really doesn’t get much more consistent than that. It has been a slower start to the season for Truex Jr., but there are signs that he is ready to turn things around, landing in the top 10 in 3 of the last 4 races. This, though, may be where he breaks out, as he has been on the podium, including a win, in the last 3 years at the Richmond track.
Kyle Larson (+980)
It has been a strange type of start to the season for the defending champion. He had a win and a 2nd place finish through the opening 3 races of the year, but he has been on a very poor run of form ever since. It was always going to be tough to follow what he delivered last season, but even setting that aside, we have come to expect a little bit more. He did not have a particularly great run at Richmond last year, so this might be a risky bet.
Kyle Busch (+1000)
Much like Larson, Kyle Busch has had a tough time matching his Cup Series winning run back in 2019. He has finished in the top 10 overall in the 2 years following that win, but he has failed to make it to the final four in both of those seasons. His best finish this season is a 4th at Las Vegas, but he is still up among the leaders in the early going.