The NASCAR Cup Series in winding down, with just 4 races to go in the regular season, all of which will come in the month of August. The first of those races will come this Sunday, when the drivers hit the Michigan International Speedway for the FireKeepers Casino 400. It is increasingly looking as though Chase Elliott will win the regular season championship, but he, and every other driver in the Cup Series, knows that it’s what happens in the playoffs that everyone will remember. Right now, it’s all just about making sure to get into the top 16 to make the cut, which is what the focus will be on over the course of the month of August. We are taking one race at a time, so let’s look at the NASCAR Odds for the FireKeepers Casino 400.
NASCAR Cup Series Betting Preview for FireKeepers Casino 400 Race
Chase Elliott (+360)
Elliot saw an astonishing run of form come to an end at the Brickyard last weekend. Prior to that race, which he finished in 16th place, he was on a run of races that saw him win 3 and finish 2nd in 2 others. That has helped him open up what looks to be an insurmountable lead at the top, but he will want to get that form back and hope that it carries over into the playoffs in September. It is arguably because of that form that he is in as the favorite for this one, as he has not cracked the top 5 in his last 4 runs at Michigan, although those were all top 10 finishes.
Ross Chastain (+670)
It’s always fun to watch a driver have a breakout season, which is exactly what we are seeing with Ross Chastain in 2022. While he is still sitting 2nd overall in the driver standings, he has cooled off a little of late, with his last 2 races in particular not being very good at all. Based on that, as well as a poor showing in Michigan last season, it would be easy to simply write Chastain off this weekend, but that would also mean ignoring all the good that he has done to this point in the season.
Kyle Busch (+770)
Speaking of cooling off in the 2nd half of the season, we have to talk about Busch in that conversation. He looked to be back to his best in the early part of the season, but he is now on a run where he has failed to crack the top 10, or barely come close to it, in 7 straight races. Busch, though, is simply too good to continue on his current trajectory and he has been pretty good in recent races in Michigan. It would not be a surprise to see him go top 5 in this one.
Kyle Larson (+770)
Repeating as champion is never easy, which is something that became clear to Larson very quickly this season. He has just 1 win on the season, well short of the 10 that he had in his championship winning year, with that victory coming in Race 2. While he is not having a terrible year, I think we all expected him to be a whole lot higher than 6th at this stage of the season. Larson has finished 3rd in each of his last 2 runs in Michigan, so don’t count him out.
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