It is a long, hard season for everyone involved in NASCAR, but for one driver, all that hard work is going to pay off in a big way this coming Sunday in Phoenix. There is just one race remaining to be run, with 4 drivers in with a shot at walking away as the 2022 Cup Series champion. It has been a fun season filled with surprises and drama, with one of the biggest surprises being that defending champion Kyle Larson will not have a shot at repeating in 2022. Like we said, there are 4 other drivers – Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, and Chase Elliott – with a shot at winning it all. We are going to take a closer look at all 4 drivers and rate their chances, which includes making a NASCAR Betting prediction as to who will be the eventual Cup Series champion.
NASCAR Betting Preview for the 2022 Cup Series Championship Race
Joey Logano (+380)
This is not the first time in the top 4 rodeo for Logano, who ended up winning it all back in 2018 after winning the final race in Homestead. He has been in the final 4 two more times since then, so he is certainly accustomed to the pressure that comes with the final race of the season. Logano punched his ticket into the final race with a win in Las Vegas to open up the Round of 8. He didn’t do much in the following 2 races, but he also didn’t have to. That said, it can be tough to get back up to speed when the foot has been off the gas for a couple of weeks. He ran top 3 in Phoenix a couple of years back.
Christopher Bell (+295)
As we mentioned earlier, there have been plenty of surprises this season, with the arrival of Bell as a potential champion being one of them. He deserves to be here, though, as he has picked up a couple of playoff wins to gain automatic access to each successive round. As good as he has been, this has been a leap to the top that no one really saw coming in his 3rd full year, with 12th overall being his previous best finish. Bell ran 9th in Phoenix last season, but he will be well aware that he will need a better performance if he is to win it all.
Ross Chastain (+410)
Here is another driver, in just his second full season with the Cup Series, who is making a surprise start in the final 4. In terms of wins, Chastain has just 1 on the season, but he has continually picked up points and done enough to stay alive in a playoff that places high value on wins. It is perhaps because of that lack of wins that the bookies have him as the longshot to be the champion. He ran 14th in Phoenix last season.
Chase Elliott (+216)
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the potential outcome of the Cup Series Championship. At that time, I picked Elliott as the winner, and I am not about to back away from that selection now. He has been consistently good all year and had the most wins of any driver on the circuit. He also has recent experience in winning a championship, which he did in 2020, and just seems like the most likely candidate from this group. He won in Phoenix in his championship year and was 6th there last season.