Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:54 AM
NASCAR Cup Series Odds and Drivers to Watch
Who Will Win the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series?
NASCAR is set to be the first major American sport to return to action next Sunday.
After two months in the garage, the sport will roar back with four NASCAR Cup Series races in the span of 11 days, making up for lost time.
The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway, and the next two races will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway as NASCAR aims to stay within a certain area in order to minimize opportunities for exposure to the coronavirus.
Before the season was postponed, there had been four races in the chase for the NASCAR Cup Series title.
2020 NASCAR Cup Series Results
- Daytona - Denny Hamlin
- Las Vegas - Joey Logano
- California - Alex Bowman
- Phoenix - Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick had the most points thanks to a top ten finish in every race, but Joey Logano was right behind Harvick after claiming the checkered flag in Las Vegas and Phoenix.
Harvick and Busch are two of the favorites per the NASCAR futures odds.
2020 NASCAR Cup Series Betting Odds
- Kevin Harvick +500 (Bet $100 to win $500)
- Kyle Busch +500
- Joey Logano +600
- Martin Truex Jr. +700
- Brad Keselowski +1000
- Chase Elliott +1000
- Denny Hamlin +1200
- Jimmie Johnson +1200
- Kyle Larson +1600
- Ryan Blaney +2000
- Alex Bowman +2500
- William Byron +2500
- Clint Bowyer +4000
- Erik Jones +4000
- Kurt Busch +4000
- Aric Almirola +5000
- Matt DiBenedetto +5000
- All Other Drivers +10000 or More
2020 NASCAR Cup Series
Drivers to Watch
Harvick has been one of the best drivers in NASCAR over the last decade. He has only won the NASCAR Cup Series Championship once (back in 2014), but he has finished in the top three of the final standings eight times in the last ten years. That consistency should lead to him staying at the front of the pack throughout the season, and he has raced well at Darlington and Charlotte over the last five years. He has finished in the top five in four of the last five Cup Series races at Darlington, and he has four top ten finishes in the last five years at Charlotte. That makes betting on Kevin Harvick to win the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at 5/1 odds an enticing proposition.
Kyle Busch is currently in 12th place in the standings, but it’s not too hard to make up that gap considering there have only been four races. He was the regular season NASCAR Cup Series champion in each of the last two years, and he has been lights out at Charlotte the last three years with a first, second, and third place finish at the raceway. Busch has fared well at Darlington during that time too, finishing second, third, and seventh, so he is expected to make up a considerable amount of ground over the next couple weeks.
You would think Logano would be the leader in the points race with two first-place finishes in four races, but his 26th place finish at Daytona and his 12th place finish in California leave him just behind Harvick in second place. Logano won the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Championship, so he knows what it takes to win, but we have seen some poor performances in Charlotte the last four years. He has been hit or miss at Darlington too, so it’s wise to wait if you want to bet Joey Logano to win the NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
Martin Truex Jr.
It’s somewhat surprising to see Martin Truex Jr. at 7/1 odds given his form in the first month of the season. Truex hasn’t finished better than 14th in any race, but he has finished in either first or second at the end of the season in the Cup Series standings in each of the last three years. The 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion has been fantastic at Charlotte the last three years, but his performance at Darlington has left something to be desired. With that in mind, wait until after the two Darlington races are over to jump on Truex.
Denny Hamlin might be a shrewd bet at 12/1 due to his performance at longer raceways over the years. Hamlin has shined at Daytona and Talladega, and he has fared well at Darlington and Charlotte too. The NASCAR schedule is still tentative at this point, and they could decide to keep things in the southeast for the rest of the season rather than race out the rest of the schedule as stated. If that happens, Hamlin would be a great value bet due to the longer tracks you find in the Southeast.