It's a Talladega race. The NASCAR Cup Championship heads to Alabama for the second leg of the Round of 12. After last week's AutoTrade EchoPark Automotive 500 Joey Logano takes up the top spot on the standings board thanks to a second-place finish and picking up 46 points in Texas.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has released the YellaWood 500 betting odds and it's a wild four-way split at the top with Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin all sitting at +1200. You then have another three drivers at +1400.
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It's a wild four-way split at the top of the YellaWood 500 oddsboard with Logano, Blaney, Elliott and Hamlin all at +1200 to win at Talladega. So let's go over each and why they could win.
Chase Elliott (+1200)
Compared to the rest of the playoff field, Elliott is second in terms of average finish on this track at 14.4. That 14.4 is fourth when compared to all drivers since February 2019. Consider that Kaz Grala tops that group with an average finish of 6.0 in only one race in Alabama.
But Elliott begins the race 16th after a qualification time of 179.121. So the number 9 Chevy is going to have its work cut out for it as Elliott tries to navigate the field and take a race he absolutely needs to take.
While the number 9 car isn't in the drop zone, he's just above the cut-off line with two races to go in the Round of 12. A win here would immediately qualify him for the next round. You know he'll be motivated to do that. And with the way Elliott has been driving, at least through the regular season. I wouldn't count him out.
Chase Elliott is still the favorite to win the NACAR Cup Championship with +400 odds.
Ryan Blaney (+1200)
Since February 2019, Blaney has won at Talladega twice. His average finish in that time span of 11.0 is second only to Kaz Grala who's only raced once on this track (compared to Blaney's seven races). His last win here was in 2020 where he led for 63 laps. When looking at that laps led stat, Blaney has led for 11.6% of all laps at Talladega since Feb 2019. The most for any driver. Chase Elliott is second at 8.8%.
At +1200 you could net a nice $1,200 profit on a winning $100 bet.
But Blaney will begin the race in the 19th spot following qualification. Certainly has the resume to prove he can overcome that early deficit.
Kyle Larson (+1200)
The last race at Talladega saw Kyle Larson's number 5 car lead for 32 laps, the second most after William Byron's 38. Most of those laps led came near the end of the race. Larson was in and out of the lead from laps 38 through 69 and then again back at the head of the pack on lap 171.
The picture I'm trying to paint here is that while Larson didn't win - he crossed the finish line in fourth - his car still performed well and he raced well too. And this was only six months ago. The lessons learned are fresh and can be easily applied here.
For today's race, Larson will start second behind Christopher Bell. Its an advantageous position to begin for a driver who's done well here. Keep an eye on Larson today.
Denny Hamlin (+1200)
Finishing third through qualification, Hamlin is in a good position to do well in Alabama. He's neck-and-neck with Chase Elliott here since February 2019 with an average 14.4 finish. He's got a win and three top-three finishes at Talladega, and now he'll start near the top of the pack.
Hamlin has been a consistent driver this season, but he's starting to slip down the playoff standings. A win here secures his spot in the Round of 8. Don't discredit the motivation that brings for a driver and how that can impact the final results.