The 2022 NASCAR season is in the books, and to say it was memorable would be an understatement. In the first year of the Next Gen car, a record-tying 19 different drives captured a checkered flag – the most since 2001.
Joey Logano earned his second Cup Series Championship and there was plenty of drama per usual between fights on the infield and riding along the wall to avoid elimination in the postseason. Let’s take a look back and analyze everything you need for your 2023 season bets.
NASCAR Betting Preview for the 2023
2022 Was a Thriller
For fans the parity each week is great because at times it seemed like anybody could win any race. For NASCAR bettors that can be frustrating – because at times it seemed like anybody could win any race. That started right out of the gate as Austin Cindric claimed his first career victory at the Daytona 500 with +3000 odds.
The upsets didn’t stop at Daytona as Tyler Reddick captured Road of America at +2500 for his maiden win. Things really got wild in the playoffs with Erik Jones winning at Darlington (+7000), Bubba Wallace claiming Kansas at a reasonable +1800 even though he had only one career win prior, and then Chris Buescher winning the checkered flag at Bristol at +12500.
Wallace didn’t make the playoffs, but he made the news during the playoffs not just for his win at Kansas but for crashing out Kyle Larson in Las Vegas and getting into a subsequent shoving match on the infield which drew a suspension. The other most memorable moment from the playoffs was Ross Chastain riding the wall in Martinsville to make the Championship Four in what many were simply calling a “video game move.”
With all the parity of different winners each week and the drama it really does make Logano’s championship even that more impressive.
Get Out Your Programs in 2023
One of the main themes heading into the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series is drivers changing teams. The most notable move is Kyle Busch leaving Joe Gibbs Racing for Richard Childress. In his absence, JGR owner Joe Gibbs’ grandson Ty is coming up from the Xfinity Series, where he was successful – but also controversial.
Tyler Reddick had three wins this season, but both of the Busch’s have caused him to move on from Joe Gibbs Racing to 23XI. First Kyle Busch is coming to JGR and second Kurt Busch is still dealing with some after-effects of his concussion and won’t be racing as much for 23XI which gave an opening for Reddick.
Noah Gragson is also coming up from a successful Xfinity Series season (where at one point he won four straight races) to be a full-time Cup driver for Petty GMS. A.J. Allmendinger is also returning to the Cup Series full time for the first time since 2018.
Other than drivers switching teams, the main thing to watch in 2023 is if the race parity will still be there every week? Teams have had a season to get comfortable with the Next Gen car, so we’ll see if winners are once again more top-heavy next season.