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NASCAR: Busch/Harvick Share Top Odds To Win 2020 Monster Energy Cup

NASCAR Odds to Win 2020 Monster Energy Cup Series

The brief NASCAR offseason has nearly come to a close as the Daytona 500 looms on the horizon. Last year, it was Kyle Busch who finished the season as the champion, collecting his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title, and he is the co-favorite along with veteran Kevin Harvick at +500 to lift the trophy at the end of the 2020 campaign.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has Harvick and Busch holding the top odds at +500 followed by Martin Truex Jr. at +600, Denny Hamlin at +700, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano at +1000, Chase Elliott at +1200 and Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney at +1800 to round out the top drivers on the oddsboard.

Why Are Busch and Harvick the Co-Favorites?

Well, coming off a championship season, it is no surprise to see Busch sit atop the oddsboard. The 34-year-old collected his second NASCAR Cup title and over the course of the season grabbed 17 top-five finishes with five victories. He also led the most laps, with 209 more than second-placed Martin Truex Jr. Busch is back with the same team and will be as competitive as ever so it’s hard to think of a better driver to be the favorite heading into the season.

I’m a little surprised to see Kevin Harvick as the co-favorite, despite his third-place finish in the standings last season. The 44-year-old was able to stay toward the front of the pack for many of the races, with 15 top-five finishes including four wins, but he only had six stage wins and was fourth in laps led. For much of the season, I thought Harvick was just a tick behind Busch and Truex so he’s a little overvalued as a co-favorite, in my opinion.

Which Drivers Are Providing Better Value?

There are two drivers I think are worth looking at for a futures bet that are providing great value. The first is Chase Elliott at +1200. The son of Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott had one of his most competitive seasons in his fourth full year. The 24-year-old matched a career high with three wins and set career highs in poles (4) and laps led (601). Ultimately, he finished 10th in the final standings but had his fewest top-10 finishes, mostly due to the six races he did not finish. I expect him to take another step forward in his fifth season and +1200 is worth a sprinkle.

The second driver who piqued my interest is William Byron at +2800. Byron advanced to the Round of 12 in his second full season, collecting five poles and five top-five finishes and leading 233 laps. In his rookie campaign, Byron only had four top-10 finishes and no top-five finishes, so he took a massive step forward last season. In his one and only year in the Xfinity Series, he won the championship as a 19-year-old, grabbing four wins and 22 top-10 finishes. At 28-to-1, look for Byron to collect a couple of wins this season and be in the running to win a championship.

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

Odds to Win the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Kevin Harvick+500
Kyle Busch+500
Martin Truex Jr.+600
Denny Hamlin+700
Brad Keselowski+1000
Joey Logano+1000
Kyle Larson+1000
Chase Elliott+1200
Erik Jones+1800
Ryan Blaney+1800
William Byron +2800
Clint Bowyer+3300
Alex Bowman+4000
Jimmie Johnson+4000
Kurt Busch+4000
Matt DiBenedetto+4000
Aric Almirola+5000
Christopher Bell+8000
Cole Custer+8000
Ryan Newman+10000
Austin Dillon+15000
Tyler Reddick+15000
Chris Buescher+20000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.+25000
Corey LaJoie+50000
Darrell Wallace Jr.+50000
Quin Houff+50000
Ty Dillon+50000
John Hunter Nemechek+100000
Michael McDowell+100000
Ryan Preece+100000

Odds as of January 16 courtesy of BetOnline