We are 19 races into the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season and there have been some surprises along the way. While you cannot say that the defending champion, Kyle Larson, is having a bad season, he is not close to setting the pace he did last year, which was always going to be a tough act to follow. Perhaps the biggest surprise right now is seeing Kevin Harvick sitting below the playoff line. There are still 7 races to come before we hit the cut and the top 16 head into the playoffs, but it is still jarring to see such an accomplished driver on the brink of missing out. There is time, though, and it all starts this weekend in New Hampshire with the running of the Ambetter 301 on Sunday. Who will come out on top here? Let’s take a look at the current top 4 along with their NASCAR Odds, to see if they will have a shot.
NASCAR Cup Series Betting Preview for Ambetter 301 Race
Chase Elliott +900
If you are looking to wager on the hottest driver in NASCAR right now, then your money should probably be on Chase Elliott. He has been nothing short of brilliant over the last 3 races, winning 2 of them and finishing 2nd in the other. It’s not that surprising given that he is just a couple of years removed from winning his first Cup Series Championship, as well as the fact that he has been consistent all season. It is that consistency that has had him on top of the driver standings for weeks, but that current form is seeing him open up a bigger lead. He has not been great in New Hampshire, but given how things are going, it’s tough to bet against him.
Ryan Blaney +620
You could well argue that it’s impossible to win a championship without taking a checkered flag in a single race for the entire season, but Blaney may be on the road to disproving that notion. He does not have a win under his belt in 2022, but what he does have is no less than 7 finishes in the top 5, all of which has helped him rack up points. He is currently in 2nd in the driver standings, 44 points off the pace being set by Elliott. Blaney had a top 5 run in New Hampshire last season, so figure him to be in amongst the leaders again this weekend.
Ross Chastain +980
With a 20th place overall finish and just a couple of podiums last season, no one really thought of Chastain as a contender heading into this season. He has been a very pleasant surprise, though, and has already bagged a couple of wins. He is currently on a run of 3-straight races landing in the top 5 and 5 in a row in the top 10. That is some solid form, and when you combine that with the fact that he was 8th in New Hampshire last year, he could be a threat.
Kyle Larson +1175
Like we mentioned earlier, it was always going to be an impossible task for Larson to match what he did in 2021, where he managed 10 wins on his way to the Cup Series title. The fact that he has just 1 win on the season through 19 races is still more than a little surprising. He does have 8 top 5 finishes overall, so it has not been a total disaster. He ran 7th in New Hampshire last season, so he might be worth a look this weekend.