The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season comes to a close on Sunday, November 7, with the NASCAR Cup Series Championship race at Phoenix Raceway.
As only a few days separate us from the battle between the Championship 4, who will duke it out for the coveted title, this is the perfect time to take a look at the NASCAR Betting odds and start placing our bets on the final race of the season.
So, without further ado, here is our free NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race betting preview, with all the information you’ll ever need to place bets on the NASCAR Championship Odds.
NASCAR Cup Series Championship – Race at Phoenix Betting Preview
Kyle Larson is the favorite to win the title, even though he has never won in Phoenix. However, Larson has also never won most of the races he ended up winning this season, so we can take his past success, or better lack of it, with a grain of salt.
In March, Larson finished the race in seventh, which might not look good, but he drove well and was penalized three times. Larson also had to start the race from the back yet climbed up to 14th before the caution.
On lap 37, he had to restart in 32nd and climbed up to second during stage 2, before the pit stop, earning another penalty and dropping to 26th. Despite all that, Larson climbed back to the second yet dropped three places during a spot on lap 263.
All that considered, his seventh-place doesn’t look that bad. Larson might have failed to win the race, but he drove through the field three times.
The defending champion’s sole win in Phoenix came a year ago when he won the cup. He led 153 laps on the day (out of 312) and was in front for the final 43 after passing Joey Logano.
Elliott’s only two wins of the season have come on road courses; however, it’s worth noting that he has been one of the fastest drivers in the field throughout the entire year. He has managed an average finish of 11.5, which is his career-best, and is on 14 top-5s.
Clearly, Elliott is in excellent form, so it wouldn’t be too shocking to see him go back-to-back. At the same time, the offered betting odds aren’t particularly great, which likely has to do with Elliott’s recognition, so you should wonder how the odds would look like if there was another driver in Elliot’s place with the same stats.
Denny Hamlin has been very fast on shorter tracks this season and was third in the spring race, although he finished fourth in the championship race a year ago. Still, Hamlin has been in great form of late and could have easily ended the Martinsville race in top-two had he not spun out.
That race broke Hamlin’s streak of eight consecutive top-11, while his 24th-place finish was his first of the season on a one-mile or shorter track.
Over the season, Hamlin has led in laps at 30 out of 35 races, and while he needed 27 races to collect his first W, Hamlin has also been the only driver to keep pace with Larson. There is a lot to like about Hamlin’s chances to win, and he is clearly a threat to Larson.
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. has not achieved as much as his three competitors; however, he is still by far the best high-horsepower driver in the world. And he has been one for the past five years.
Even when NASCAR introduced less horsepower and added spoilers, Truex Jr. was one of the best and remained as such after NASCAR removed the spoilers. All that might not seem important, but it shows how consistent and adaptable Truex Jr. is.
Unfortunately, Phoenix hasn’t been his best track. In fact, Truex Jr. hadn’t led by more than 11 laps in Phoenix until this March, when he won the first Phoenix race of his career.
Admittedly, his stats on the track haven’t been that great; however, it’s worth noting that it wasn’t until the second stage that his team set Truex’s car properly. And if you look at only the second stage stats, you might be wondering why Truex is not the favorite to win the championship.