Next weekend, 4 drivers will head to Phoenix with a chance to become the Cup Series champion. It will be a huge race, as every final run is, but there is some business to take care of before then. This weekend, the Cup Series will have a stop in Martinsville, where the Round of 8 will be sliced in half at the end of the Xfinity 500. There is a definite favorite for this race and for the whole season, but as we saw last year, things can change rather quickly in NASCAR. Kyle Larson looks like the man to beat right now, but we said the same thing about Kevin Harvick last season, and we all know how that turned out. Given how much is at stake this weekend, we can expect some fireworks, so let’s take a look at some of the favorites for this Sunday’s Xfinity 500 to see who might get the win so you can bet against their NASCAR odds.
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Martin Truex Jr. (+450)
Right now, it is tough to be against Kyle Larson, but this might just be the weekend where his winning streak comes to an end. The man who looks the most likely to do the damage in Martin Truex Jr., who has been nothing short of stunning on the Martinsville track. He has had 3 wins in his last 4 races on that track and has landed in the top 10 in 6 of his last 7 runs in Martinsville. Truex Jr. has 4 wins overall this season, but he is on a run where he has failed to win in the last 6. Now might be the perfect time to get back to winning before the championship race next week.
Kyle Larson (+500)
If you had to use a single word to describe Kyle Larson right now, the most appropriate one would probably be unstoppable. He has won 3 in a row, and he has the opportunity to win every race in the Round of 8 if he can take the checkered flag in Martinsville. If he is to win this weekend, he is going to need to break out of a 13-race winless streak at Martinsville. He has only made the top 10 in 3 of those 13 races, with 3rd his best finish on that track. Given his current form, though, you would be excused for putting some money on him to win again.
Denny Hamlin (+550)
After a regular season where Hamlin failed to pick up a single win, he has come to life in the playoffs, winning twice already. He was close to winning it all last season and you have to say that he appears to be getting hot at just the right time. Hamlin has won 5 times at Martinsville in his career, but his last victory there came on 2015. He does tend to be in the hunt on this track, though, so he might be a very good bet at these odds.
Chase Elliott (+650)
The defending Cup Series champion is still in the hunt with a chance to repeat, but Elliott is not yet guaranteed a spot in the final 4. Elliott hasn’t won since the early part of July, but he has been incredibly consistent and is coming off another 2nd place finish in Kansas last week. He does have a 1st and a 2nd in his last 2 races at Martinsville, so there is a good chance he could punch his ticket into the final 4 with a win in this one.
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