The first road course of the season is in the books as Ross Chastain picked up the first checkered flag of his career and looks to carry that momentum into this week at Richmond Raceway. While Chastain is the latest winner, it is Chase Elliott who is the favorite in the Toyota Owners 400 odds.
Online sportsbook [ol-sportsbook-bp:48:Bovada:26:Bodog] has released the Toyota Owners 400 betting odds with Elliott listed at +800. He is followed by Kyle Larson at +850, Kyle Busch at +900, Martin Truex Jr. at +900 and Joey Logano at +1000 to round out the top five drivers on the oddsboard.
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Toyota Owners 400 Odds: Richmond Raceway
|Martin Truex Jr.||+900|
Odds as of March 31 at [ol-sportsbook-bp:48:Bovada:26:Bodog]
Why Is Elliott The Favorite In The Toyota Owners 400 Odds?
To start, the most obvious reason Elliott is the chalk in the Toyota Owners 400 odds would be the fact that he’s first in the championship standings. The 2020 champ is also second in the NASCAR Cup championship odds behind teammate Kyle Larson.
Despite those season numbers, Chase has just one top-five finish, no stage wins and no wins in general. At Richmond, Elliott has four top-five finishes over 12 career starts, including a second-place finish in 2018. In the last running, he led 58 laps, beating his previous best at this track of 34 laps in 2018.
NASCAR Predictions This Week For The Toyota Owners 400
While the Hendrick Motorsports boys top the oddsboard, I’m fading the Chevrolets this week and it should come as no surprise that I will be backing four Toyotas for my Toyota Owners 400 best bets this week.
Martin Truex Jr. +900: Quite frankly, I’m shocked that Martin Truex Jr. is not the betting favorite for this race. He has six straight top-five finishes at Richmond, including three wins, and has led at least 100 laps in seven of the last 10 runnings there. Truex doesn’t have a top-five finish yet this season but there’s no better time than now.
Kyle Busch +900: Busch hasn’t been as competitive in recent memory at Richmond, with only one top-five finish over his last five visits. That said, he does have six career wins there and 18 of his 32 starts resulted in top-five finishes. If the Toyotas are fast on Sunday, Busch will be sniffing a checkered flag.
Denny Hamlin +1100: Another Toyota driver who has had continued success at Richmond, Hamlin has back-to-back runner-up finishes at this track and half of his 30 career starts have ended in top-five finishes, including three wins. Additionally, he has six podium finishes over the last 10 races at Richmond so at 11:1, I like the odds.
Christopher Bell +1400: To round out my four best bets for the Toyota Owners 400, I am looking at Christopher Bell at 14:1. This is just his fourth career start at Richmond but he had top-five finishes in the two races at this track last year, including a third-place finish in which he led 10 laps, the first time he has led the field at Richmond. He’s a little bit of a longer shot so the better bet may be for him to finish inside the top five but he’s definitely worth a look to win it all.
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