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NASCAR Cup: Harvick Remains Favorite In Round of 12

NASCAR Cup Championship Odds

The list of contenders for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship is shorter as the Round of 16 has finished and the Round of 12 is set to begin. Regardless of the round, Kevin Harvick remains the favorite in the 2020 NASCAR Cup odds.

Online sportsbook Bovada has listed Harvick as the chalk at +150, followed by Denny Hamlin at +300, Brad Keselowski at +650, Martin Truex Jr. at +750 and Chase Elliott at +800 to round out the top five drivers on the oddsboard.

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NASCAR Cup Championship Odds

Kevin Harvick+150
Denny Hamlin+300
Brad Keselowski+650
Martin Truex Jr.+750
Chase Elliott+800
Joey Logano+1100
Kyle Busch+1200
Austin Dillon+2500
Alex Bowman+3300
Aric Almirola+3500
Kurt Busch+5000
Clint Bowyer+6600

Odds as of September 23 at Bovada

Harvick Poised For Another Championship?

There was no driver more dominant than Kevin Harvick in the regular season. The 2014 Cup Series champion scored the most wins (seven), most top-fives (17) and most top-10s (21), and led the most laps (1,117) over the 26 races.

The 44-year-old continued to flex his muscles in the opening round of the playoffs, winning two of the three races and finishing seventh in the other. That has been Harvick’s season in a nutshell: if he doesn’t win, which he has frequently, he doesn’t have a bad race, with 24 top-10 finishes in 29 starts this season and no DNFs.

Also of note, the champion is crowned in the final race of the season, typically at Homestead Miami, but this year it will be at Phoenix Raceway where Harvick has scored nine career victories and was the runner-up when they ran there in March. A good track for Harvick in the finale further cements his status as the favorite to claim the 2020 NASCAR Cup.

Which Drivers Are Providing Better Value Than Harvick?

The first driver I believe could give you a better payday than Harvick is Chase Elliott, the fifth man on the oddsboard at +800. The 2016 Rookie of the Year had the fifth-most top-five finishes in the regular season and had two wins.

He has a good shot at advancing through to the Round of 8. That’s because the last race of the Round of 12 runs at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course; Elliott is arguably the best road-course racer in the field and won at this track last year.

At Phoenix, which hosts the season finale, Elliott has had two podium finishes and has led multiple laps in four of his nine career starts there. He led the most laps at this track in the running earlier this season after earning the pole in qualifying, though he finished seventh. If he can put it together for the full race, Elliott has a shot at claiming his first championship.

The other driver worth a look is the 2018 NASCAR Cup champion, Joey Logano (+1100). He had two third-place finishes in the Round of 16, though he couldn’t find victory lane. That has been an issue for him this season but he could turn it around quickly.

The first race in the Round of 12 is at Las Vegas and who won at that track in February? Joey Logano. Then, if the Connecticut native can find himself in the final race of the season at Phoenix, well, he was the winner there earlier this season too. He just has to keep his nose clean and pick his way through the field and he may be worth a shot at 11-to-1.