We‘ve reached All-Star weekend and oddsmakers have turned their attention toward the Cup Series market. They‘ve decided to back a major underdog to win it all.
Kyle Larson currently sits 9th in the Drivers‘ Championship standings, but he‘s the odds-on favorite to win the whole thing. Oddsmakers give Larson +550 odds, or an implied 15.4% chance to win back-to-back championships. His biggest competition is Championship leader Chase Elliott who‘s given +650 odds, or an implied 13.3% chance to take it home.
Third on the list is William Byron at +800, or an implied 11.1% chance to find his groove again and take home the title. Then Kyle Busch and Ross Chastain are tied at +900, or an implied 10% chance to take home NASCAR‘s top prize.
The most noticeable driver not among the favorites is Ryan Blaney, currently second place in the championship. Oddsmakers give Blaney +1000 odds, or an implied 9.1% chance. That ties him with Denny Hamlin, 20th place in the standings, and Joey Logano, 7th place.
Quote from OddsChecker spokesman Kyle Newman, “The love for Larson isn‘t surprising anymore. Despite sitting in 9th place, Larson has been favored to win 8 of the 13 races this season. So, of course, oddsmakers are going to back him to take home the championship. The biggest surprise is definitely the lack of respect for Blaney despite sitting second in the standings. It‘s likely a result of Blaney having 0 wins so far this season, but he‘s still second in the standings.”
NASCAR DRIVERS‘ CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER ODDS
DriverOddsImplied chanceKyle Larson+55015.4%Chase Elliott+65013.3%William Byron+80011.1%Kyle Busch+90010%Ross Chastain+90010%Denny Hamlin+10009.1%Joey Logano+10009.1%Ryan Blaney+10009.1%Martin Truex Jr.+12007.7%Alex Bowman+16005.9%
— Oddschecker —