NASCAR’s Cup Sequence is able to make its run to the end line.
The one off weekend of the 2022 season is within the rear-view mirror. Sunday’s race at Nashville (5 p.m. ET, NBC) is the primary of 20 races on 20 consecutive weekends by way of the ultimate race of the season at Phoenix on Nov. 6.
The 20-race ending kick is made up of the ultimate 10 races of the common season and the ten playoff races on the finish of the season. It is not a stretch to say the final 10 races of this common season have a bit of extra significance than they’ve had in earlier years both given the variety of winners thus far in 2022.
Twelve drivers have gained a race over the primary 16 races of the season. Solely William Byron, Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have gained a number of races. And neither of them has gained greater than two races thus far this season.
With 16 drivers within the playoff area, there’s room for simply 4 winless drivers in the mean time. And drivers like Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick haven’t got a win but. Blaney and Truex really feel like fairly secure bets to get wins quickly. Throw in a win by Harvick or somebody like Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick or a shock driver and there is a likelihood that the playoff area could possibly be comprised of winners for the primary time because it expanded to 16 drivers in 2014.
Sunday’s race is simply the second Cup Sequence race at Nashville Superspeedway. Kyle Larson gained the inaugural Cup race on the monitor a season in the past when he led 264 of the race’s 300 laps. You will not be surprised to search out out that Larson is the BetMGM favourite on Sunday.
The concrete 1.33-mile monitor is not like every other monitor on the Cup Sequence schedule. No different intermediate monitor is concrete. Whereas Nashville could have an analogous form to different 1.5-mile ovals on the calendar, its pavement sort means it would not have many commonalities.
Here is what it’s essential to know for Sunday’s race. It is also the primary race of the season for NBC. The broadcaster will televise the remainder of the Cup Sequence season on its networks. NBC must be an improve over Fox by default, particularly for these of us getting increasingly more pissed off by the week with Fox’s lackadaisical protection.
Kyle Larson (+500)
Kyle Busch (+700)
Ross Chastain (+800)
Chase Elliott (+900)
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
Joey Logano (+1000)
Busch is without doubt one of the few drivers within the area who has an Xfinity Sequence win on the monitor. Busch gained in 2009 and 2021 at Nashville. Logano gained in 2009 at Nashville. Harvick and Brad Keselowski even have victories on the monitor in NASCAR’s No. 2 collection. Chastain is the No. 3 favourite by advantage of Trackhouse’s all-around velocity this season and his No. 2 spot within the factors standings. Elliott ought to have a top-10 automobile.
Good mid-tier worth
William Byron (+1400)
Kurt Busch (+2800)
Byron has been quicker than his Hendrick Motorsports teammates at instances this season and Sunday might simply be one other version. He completed third in 2021. Busch gained at Kansas earlier this 12 months and his 23XI crew has proven that it has quick automobiles at larger tracks.
Do not be this driver
Stewart-Haas Racing hasn’t had the velocity that different groups have had at intermediate tracks this season and we’re not bullish on Briscoe being a contender for the win on Sunday.
Searching for a protracted shot?
Wallace’s crew must get its act collectively. Wallace has proven velocity at instances in 2022 however hasn’t been in a position to put collectively strong outcomes because of pit crew errors, unfastened wheels and different points just like the blown engine he suffered at Phoenix. If the No. 23 can determine it out, Wallace can contend for a win or two earlier than the top of the common season.