The NASCAR Cup Collection is able to take to the end line.
The one weekend of the 2022 season is within the rearview mirror. Sunday race in Nashville (5 p.m. ET, NBC) is the primary of 20 races in 20 consecutive weekends by the season finale race in Phoenix on November 6.
The 20-race closing kick consists of the final 10 common season and 10 finish season races. It is no exaggeration to say that the final 10 races of this common season have a bit extra significance than in earlier years, whether or not given the variety of winners up to now in 2022.
Twelve drivers gained the race in the course of the first 16 races of the season. Solely William Byron, Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have gained a number of races. Neither of them has gained greater than two races up to now this season.
With 16 drivers on the sector, there’s solely room for 4 drivers with out a win for the time being. Drivers corresponding to Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick have but to win. Blaney and Truex really feel like very protected bets for wins quickly. Take a win for Harvick or somebody like Christopher Bell or Tyler Riddick or a shock driver, and there is a probability the qualifying stadium will encompass solely winners for the primary time because it expanded to 16 drivers in 2014.
Sunday’s race is the second race within the Cup Collection on the Nashville Superspeedway. Kyle Larson gained his inaugural Cup race on the observe a season in the past when he drove 264 out of 300 laps. You would not be stunned to search out out that Larson is a BetMGM favourite on Sunday.
The 1.33-mile concrete observe is not like another on the Trophy Collection schedule. There isn’t any different concrete intermediate path. Whereas Nashville might have an identical form to different 1.5-mile ovals on the calendar, its kind of sidewalk implies that it would not have a lot in frequent.
This is what it’s good to find out about Sunday’s race. It is also the primary race of the season for NBC. The broadcaster will broadcast the remainder of the season of the Cup collection on its networks. NBC needs to be an improve on Fox by default, particularly for these of us who’re getting an increasing number of pissed off in the course of the week with Fox’s funky protection.
Kyle Larson (+500)
(+700) Kyle Bush
Ross Chastain (+800)
Chase Elliot (+900)
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
Joey Logano (+1000)
Busch is among the few drivers within the area to have gained the Xfinity Collection on the observe. Bush gained in 2009 and 2021 in Nashville. Lugano gained in 2009 in Nashville. Harvick and Brad Keselowski additionally posted wins on the observe within the No. 2 NASCAR Collection. Chastain is the No. 3 favourite due to Trackhouse’s total tempo this season and his second spot within the factors standings. Elliott should personal 10 finest vehicles.
Good common worth
William Byron (+1400)
Kurt Busch (+2800)
Byron has been sooner than his Hendrick Motorsports teammates at occasions this season and Sunday may simply be one other launch. He completed third in 2021. Bosch gained Kansas earlier this 12 months and his 23XI staff confirmed they’d quick vehicles on larger circuits.
Do not guess on this driver
Stewart-Haas Racing hasn’t had the tempo that different groups have had on the intermediate tracks this season, and we do not anticipate Briscoe to be contended for victory on Sunday.
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Wallace’s staff must work collectively. Wallace confirmed pace at occasions in 2022 however was unable to assemble strong outcomes due to pit crew errors, unfastened wheels and different points like a blown engine he suffered in Phoenix. If the No. 23 can determine it out, Wallace might be in rivalry for a win or two earlier than the top of the common season.