Nashville has become synonymous with the strains of country music filling the air, but this weekend, it will be the revving of engines that the locals will be hearing. NASCAR is heading into town for a full weekend of racing, which will be capped by the running of the Ally 400 on Sunday. The regular season is passing by quickly, with the playoffs edging closer with each passing week. There are a handful of drivers who will almost certainly be in based solely on what they have already delivered this year, but as you go down the driver standings, you get an idea of just how close things might be before we get to that first cut. For now, let’s look at the upcoming race in Nashville by talking about the drivers who are the bookies favorites to win along with their NASCAR Betting Lines.
NASCAR Cup Series Betting Preview for Ally 400 Race
Kyle Larson (+530)
I think it is more than fair to suggest that we have not seen the defending Cup Series champion at his best this season. Larson basically led the pack from start to finish on his way to a championship last season, but after 16 races, he finds himself sitting down in 7th in the driver standings. He is certainly not at risk of missing the playoffs, but if he hopes to repeat, he is going to need to find his form sometime soon. Larson’s lone win of the season came way back in the 2nd race of the year, so he is on a bit of a drought. Perhaps this is where he changes things, though, as he won this race in 2021.
Kyle Busch (+780)
A run of 3 straight podium finishes came to an end last weekend in Sonoma for Busch, but in fairness, that one was a road race that is better suited to certain drivers. I have a feeling that he will be able to shake that one off and get back to business again this weekend. Busch is very much in the thick of the battle for the #1 spot in the driver standings, sitting just 23 points back of the leader. He will try and close that gap a little on Sunday, but he did finish outside the top 10 in Nashville last season.
Ross Chastain (+830)
Since joining NASCAR, Chastain has split time across all 3 series, but he has fully committed to the Cup Series over the past 2 seasons. Last year, he finished 20th overall, failing to win a race through the 2021 season. To say that he has taken a step forward this year may be putting things rather mildly, as he already has a pair of wins and is sitting 2nd overall in the driver standings. He finished 2nd in this race in 2021, and given that he has been better in 2022, Chastain looks like a fantastic bet.
Chase Elliott (+840)
He may only have 1 win on the season, but Chase Elliott, the Cup Series champion in 202, finds himself back on top of the driver standings. Whether or not he stays there remains to be seen, though, as he has not been at his best of late. He did get back to form somewhat in the Sonoma road race last weekend, cracking the top 10 in that one. He did not have a great run at Nashville last season, but you do get the feeling that Elliott is overdue for a win.