It was the same ole, same ole in the second event of the NASCAR Cup Series season as reigning champion Kyle Larson drove to victory lane at Auto Club Speedway. Larson picked up 10 wins last season and is off to the races in his bid to match or surpass that in 2022. This week, the drivers and crew head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Larson is again the chalk in the Pennzoil 400 odds.
Online sportsbook Bovada has the entire list of Pennzoil 400 odds with Larson leading the way at +400. He’s followed by Chase Elliott at +700, Joey Logano at +750, Ryan Blaney at +900 and Denny Hamlin at +1000 to round out the top five drivers on the oddsboard.
Pennzoil 400 Odds: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
|Martin Truex Jr.||+2200|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||+5000|
Odds as of March 4 at Bovada
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Why Is Larson Favored In The Pennzoil 400 Odds?
Larson, the favorite in the NASCAR Cup Series championship odds, picked up the checkered flag in the first of two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last year and finished 10th in the other running.
The win was his first at this track, but he had three podium finishes – including two second-place finishes – in three straight runnings at this track in 2017 and 2018. In fact, over his last eight races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Larson has finished outside the top 10 just once.
After picking up where he left off last year with a win in the second race of the season, it’s totally understandable for sportsbooks to set Larson as the betting favorite frequently in 2022.
NASCAR Predictions This Week For The Pennzoil 400
With the new car setups, I think we are going to see fewer back-to-back winners, as it does appear in the early going that the field is much more open and competitive. With that in mind, I will be fading Larson this week and will look to pick up my first win of the year.
Chase Elliott +700: If I’m not taking Larson, maybe I take the next best thing, his teammate and 2020 Cup champion Chase Elliott. The last time the Cup Series visited Las Vegas, Elliott was the runner-up and continued his streak of leading at least one lap in each of the last five runnings there. He looked quick last week before spinning out late and I think he comes back with a vengeance this week.
Kyle Busch +1200: The hometown boy, Kyle Busch, is certainly enticing at 12:1. Busch has back-to-back third-place finishes at this track and drove to victory lane there way back in 2009. Over his 21 career starts at Las Vegas, he has seven podium finishes, which could make a top-three finish the better bet, but I like his chances to grab the checkered flag.
Brad Keselowski +2500: Brad Keselowski has looked quick early in the season. He won one of the Duels at Daytona, was competitive in the Daytona 500 before ultimately finishing 10th and was in the running last week before being involved in an accident. While the luck hasn’t been there yet this year, Vegas is a place to be lucky. Brad has three wins at this track and has finished inside the top 10 in 12 of the last 13 runnings there, including seven podium finishes and three wins over that span. I can’t pass on +2500 odds for a three-time winner who was the runner-up in the spring race last year.