NASCAR at Talladega Starting Lineup, Odds: Pole-Sitter Denny Hamlin Opens as the Favorite for Sunday’s Geico 500

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Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images. Pictured: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane at Talladega

For the first time since the season-opening Daytona 500, pack racing will return for Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Talladega is known for exciting racing, big wrecks, close finishes and, of course, Ricky Bobby.

And when it comes to Geico 500 odds, Denny Hamlin is the clear betting favorite at +650, and for good reason.

Hamlin has won three of the past five Daytona 500s, as well as the most recent NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega.

Joey Logano is next on the Talladega odds board at +900, followed by Ryan Blaney at +1000 with Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott, both listed at +1100, rounding out the top five.

Michael McDowell, the popular upset winner of the 2021 Daytona 500, is once again listed as a longshot (+6600).

And in his Cup Series debut, Harrison Burton is +10000 in the Gaunt Brothers Racing No. 96 Toyota.

Here’s a full rundown of NASCAR at Talladega odds, as well as the projected starting lineup from FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass.

Odds as of Monday afternoon and via DraftKings.

NASCAR at Talladega Starting Lineup, Odds

Starting Position Driver Odds
1 Denny Hamlin +650
2 Joey Logano +900
3 Martin Truex Jr. +2200
4 William Byron +2000
5 Alex Bowman +1800
6 Christopher Bell +2500
7 Ryan Blaney +1000
8 Chase Elliott +1100
9 Kyle Busch +1800
10 Brad Keselowski +1100
11 Austin Dillon +3300
12 Kyle Larson +2200
13 Matt DiBenedetto +6600
14 Aric Almirola +1500
15 Kurt Busch +1600
16 Kevin Harvick +2000
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +1600
18 Ross Chastain +6600
19 Daniel Suarez +6600
20 Tyler Reddick +2200
21 Chris Buescher +4500
22 Erik Jones +4000
23 Michael McDowell +6600
24 Bubba Wallace +5000
25 Chase Briscoe +6600
26 Corey LaJoie +10000
27 Cole Custer +6600
28 Ryan Newman +3000
29 Ryan Preece +3500
30 Anthony Alfredo +15000
31 BJ McLeod n/a
32 Garrett Smithley n/a
33 Quin Houff +25000
34 Cody Ware +30000
35 Justin Haley n/a
36 Josh Bilicki +30000
38 Kaz Garla n/a
39 Harrison Burton +10000
39 Timmy Hill +30000

Please note that Jennifer Jo Cobb was initially slated to start 37th in the No. 15 car for Rick Ware Racing, however, she was not approved by NASCAR to participate in this race.

At the time of writing, a replacement driver has not yet been named.

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