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NASCAR Cup: Three Drivers Share Top Odds To Win The Championship

Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick racing side by side

The 2020 NASCAR season had completed just four races before the COVID-19 pandemic halted action and left the rest of the year in flux. Following a two-month hiatus, the crews and drivers were back in action and have been competing frequently to make up for lost time.

Online sportsbook Bovada has listed Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick as the favorites at +550 to win the NASCAR Cup Series. They’re followed by Joey Logano at +650, Kyle Busch at +650, Martin Truex Jr. at +650, Brad Keselowski at +800, Ryan Blaney at +1200, Alex Bowman at +1400 and Jimmie Johnson at +1400 to round out the top 10 drivers on the oddsboard.

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Here’s a look at the full list of odds to win the 2020 NASCAR Cup:

Odds to Win The NASCAR Cup Championship
Chase Elliott+550
Denny Hamlin+550
Kevin Harvick+550
Joey Logano+650
Kyle Busch+650
Martin Truex Jr.+650
Brad Keselowski+800
Ryan Blaney+1200
Alex Bowman+1400
Jimmie Johnson+1400
Kurt Busch+2000
William Byron+2500
Aric Almirola+4000
Erik Jones+4000
Clint Bowyer+5000
Tyler Reddick+5000
Matt DiBenedetto+6600
Ryan Newman+15000
Christopher Bell+20000
Cole Custer+20000
Austin Dillon+25000
Chris Buescher+25000
Darrell Wallace Jr.+50000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.+50000
John H. Nemechek+100000
Ryan Preece+100000
Ty Dillon+100000
Corey LaJoie+200000
Michael McDowell+200000
Quin Houff+300000

Odds as of June 18 at Bovada

Elliott, Hamlin And Harvick: Which Favorite Is Providing The Best Value?

Of the three drivers sitting atop the NASCAR Cup Series championship oddsboard, we have the driver who has led the most laps and is the current points leader (Kevin Harvick), the driver with the most wins on the season (Denny Hamlin) and the driver with the most stage wins and second in the standings (Chase Elliott). All three are definitely in the hunt to be crowned champion in November.

Harvick has been the most consistent driver this season, finishing in the top 10 in nine of the 12 races, including six top-five finishes and two wins. Hamlin has been a sneaky driver, not really putting in dominant performances but always lingering in the hunt and pulling out the win.

All that said, I think Elliott is the driver to beat this year, perhaps because he was my preseason pick as well, so maybe I’m biased. But as consistent as Harvick has been, Elliott has just one fewer top-10 finish and he has four more stage wins, which are important come playoff time.

Additionally, the finale this season won’t be at Homestead-Miami as it has been for the last 18 years. In 2020 the final race will be at Phoenix Raceway where Chase has been competitive. He has qualified on the podium in five of his nine career starts there, finished on the podium twice and led the most laps at the last running at this track. All in all, Elliott is providing the best value, in my opinion.

Which Driver Is Providing Better Value Than The Favorites?

The driver I believe could give you a better payday than the favorites is Brad Keselowski, the seventh man on the oddsboard. The 2012 champion has matched Kevin Harvick with nine top-10 finishes this season, and has two wins and five top-five finishes.

He will have to have a strong showing at Phoenix in the final race of the season if he wants to become a two-time champion and that may be a tall task. Keselowski has never won at Phoenix and has finished 10th or worse in seven of the last nine runnings there.

However, he did have a second-place finish in the penultimate race of the season in 2018 and has led multiple laps in four of his last five trips to this track, including the second-most earlier this year with 82. Not sure if he can get the win but he’s definitely going to be in the hunt and is providing more value than the favorites.