One of the great things about the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs is that drivers can do enough to hang around before delivering a great run that moves them on to the next round. We are at the stage where a win now means a spot in the final 4 and a shot at walking away as the Cup Series Champion for 2022. After last week’s race, there are now just 3 places up for grabs in the final four, with Joey Logano getting the win that moved him on. Muddying the waters a little further is that there are just 2 more races in the Round of 8, which means that the pressure is building on all the other drivers still in the hunt. The first of those races goes on Sunday at Homestead with the Dixie Vodka 400. Who will get the win here? Let’s take a closer look at what the bookies believe so you can make your bets against the NASCAR Xfinity Series Odds.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Betting Preview for the 2022 Dixie Vodka 400 Race
Tyler Reddick (+700)
One thing that has been a bit of a common theme throughout the Cup Series playoffs is drivers not in the picture winning races. With that in mind, it is perhaps not totally surprising that Reddick is in as the favorite at Homestead. Once the playoffs begin, we tend to forget that drivers other than those active in the championship hunt can still win races. It’s not the most ridiculous favorite that I’ve ever seen, since Reddick does already have 3 wins in the season, including one in the playoffs, plus he also finished 2nd in his last run on the Homestead track. I think he is a definite top 5 candidate here.
Denny Hamlin (+760)
Right now, Hamlin is sitting in the top 4, but there is no guarantee of him staying there without picking up another win in the next couple of weeks. It’s tight below that cut line, and one bad run might mean the difference between moving on and looking ahead to next season. Hamlin has somewhat flown under the radar this season, but given his experience, and the fact that he has made the final 4 in each of the last 3 seasons, this is a driver that knows how to handle the playoff pressure.
Kyle Larson (+870)
It has been a hugely disappointing season for Larson, as he failed to make it into the Round of 8, which means that we will have a new champion this season. Larson set such a high bar in 2021 that it was always going to be tough to get close to that performance again, but I think we all still expected more than what we saw from him this season. Still, he is always a threat to win and cannot ever be discounted. He ran 4th on this track last season, so he may be a factor again this weekend.
Ross Chastain (+930)
You have to call this a breakthrough season for Chastain, who is in just his second year as a regular in the Cup Series. If the cut were made today, he would be racing for a shot to win it all in the final weekend of the season, but there is still work to be done to male that a reality. He is coming off a 2nd place run in Vegas last weekend, and might just be hitting his stride at the right time.