2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Odds: Kyle Larson the Title Favorite Ahead of Sunday’s Daytona 500
Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images. Pictured: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet
2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Odds
*Odds as of Friday, Feb. 18 and via DraftKings
|Martin Truex Jr.||+900|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||+20000|
The field is officially set for the 2022 Daytona 500, which will go green Sunday at 3:06 p.m. ET (FOX).
And while there’s already been an exhibition race (the Busch Clash) and two Duel races, the NASCAR Cup Series season still has not officially started.
With this mind, I decided to take one last look at the preseason 2022 NASCAR Cup Series championship odds ahead of the season-opening Daytona 500.
Defending Cup Series champion Kyle Larson is the 2022 title favorite, and a short one at that.
Larson sits at +360 odds to defend his championship, ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate and 2020 Cup Series champion Chase Elliott at +500.
Denny Hamlin is next at +700, with William Byron (+800) and Martin Truex Jr. (+900) rounding out the top five.
There are also some big name faces in new places this season, notably Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch.
Keselowski left Team Penske over the offseason to form Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing, for which he’ll be both an owner and driver.
Kez is +2200 to win the title in his first season with the team.
Busch linked up with Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan following 2021 to pilot a second car for 23XI Racing.
Busch, the 2004 Cup Series champ, is +2500 to win it again 18 years later.
And speaking of both Team Penske and new faces, rookie Austin Cindric will be sliding into the No. 2 Ford vacated by Keselowski this season.
Cindric, the 2020 XFINITY Series champion, is listed at 70-1 to add a Cup Series title to his trophy case in 2022.
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