Race 35 of the season at Martinsville saw four more drivers eliminated from the NASCAR playoff chase. Now, NASCAR heads out to Phoenix, Arizona (3:00 pm ET on NBC) for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship. As the season’s final race approaches, there is no more strategy. Can NASCAR Cup Series bets point to a couple of drivers who can win it all this Sunday?
Below are the final four drivers in our NASCAR online betting odds for the 2022 NASCAR Championship. As for the 1-mile track, we will tie in some numbers with more Phoenix thoughts. So, let us go NASCAR Cup Series Bets by the numbers. It would appear that Chase Elliott and Joey Logano are the favorites. However, might a driver named Bell steal all the thunder?
It was all looking bleak for Bell again heading to Martinsville. Then, we remembered the last elimination. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver needed an absolute miracle and got one. The No. 20 car could take advantage of a well-timed caution, jam his way to the front, and hold on to win on the ROVAL at Charlotte. The only way Bell could advance was by a win, which is just what Bell did.
The crazy part is how different Martinsville was in comparison. Martinsville is a short 0.526-mile track that usually does not allow much passing. Once the No. 20 got the lead in Stage 3 with five laps to go, that was that. Chase Briscoe, Kyle Larson, and company could not keep up. Bell’s spot in the “Final Four” was secured.
When it came to the Next-Gen car at Charlotte, and at Martinsville, the car which was the fastest was the Toyota, oddly enough. Denny Hamlin, until a few pit-road mishaps, was one of the only drivers who might have challenged Bell’s late speed. Oddly enough, those mishaps and one crazy maneuver made a bad day worse for Bell’s teammate. We will get to that in a while.
Here at VegasBetting, it remains prudent to remember this race well. Why? Simply, NASCAR Cup Series Bets could have a somewhat familiar look.
So, who could win at Phoenix International Raceway? The last two champions won at Phoenix convincingly (Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson) at Phoenix right away? NASCAR Cup Series Bets likely zeroes in again on drivers like Christopher Bell and Chase Elliott for different reasons.
Again, two of the three races in the third segment saw a driver win to get in. First, Joey Logano won at Las Vegas, edging out Ross Chastain. Homestead saw Kyle Larson beat out Ross Chastain with ease as Larson battled for the Owners’ Championship. Finally, Christopher Bell came from sixth with 30 laps to win at Martinsville. NASCAR got the four highest-placed drivers in terms of average finish this season. Now, that is some crazy stuff.
Yes, history has a way of correcting things regarding NASCAR. However, the youth has run wild. Chase Elliott already has won one championship and makes his third straight “Final Four” appearance. For Ross Chastain and Christopher Bell, this is their first.
Fortunately, Bell had been so consistent all season. Naturally, come the playoffs, the drivers come up clutch only when it counts. Bell enjoyed success at Martinsville, so that win was not out of the left field like Charlotte. The No. 20 Toyota makes for a nice NASCAR Cup Series Bets pick to have a shot at the title. Hopefully, some bet him at around +800 to +1000 before segment number three began.
Again, we have more NASCAR Cup Series Bets. The safest choice is the favorite in Chase Elliott. Elliott rode his cushion into the Final Four but has won the race before (see 2020). Can his Next-Gen car handle the low-bank track like Bell’s Toyota or Chastain’s Chevy? That becomes an excellent question.
Do note that Elliott is in this position for a disqualification back in Phoenix. Aside from the March 2021 race, the No. 9 car has led at least 50 laps on the 1-mile course. The late speed fades in the previous two races were noticeable. Elliott slipped from leading to fifth last Fall and then from third to 11th in March.
Joey Logano remains the wildcard. He won at Vegas and then kind of coasted since. Logano has won at Phoenix recently and, like Elliott, has led a lot of laps (nearly 20% of them). Unfortunately for Logano and Team Penske, he qualified tenth in the last two attempts at Phoenix and never truly factored into the race. Logano’s Ford did not have the speed late one needs to challenge. At least Elliott might have that.
There is no genuinely crazy shot at Phoenix. The driver that finishes the best out of the four wins the championship. However, Ross Chastain did find a way into the “Final Four” with this.
Aside from the physics and theories of a centrifuge, that was crazy! What will Chastain do in Phoenix? That’s the big question. Again, the TrackHouse Racing driver is +300 like Logano to win the title. Keep an eye on his numbers after qualifying.
Our top choice for the NASCAR Cup Series Bets includes Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, and Ross Chastain.
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