One Last Preseason Look Toward the Future
With a new NASCAR Cup Series season about to launch and our focus shifting to the NASCAR odds this week, we’re going to take the longer approach and take one last look at the preseason odds to win the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
We’ll look at the preseason favorites and identify a longshot or two that could shock the world and pull off a major upset to become the NASCAR Cup Series Champion in the process.
Let’s check the latest NASCAR picks, stats, injury reports, and NASCAR predictions. We’ve got plenty of NASCAR expert picks for you to consider.
Hendrick Motorsports, Past Champions Lead the Pack
With up to eight former NASCAR Cup Series champions on the grid, Las Vegas odds have many of these drivers leading the way in the futures betting odds.
Chase Elliott, the 2020 Cup Series Champion, is the co-favorite to win the 2023 Cup Series championship at +600. Oddsmakers and the public alike see the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports ride bringing Elliott back to the Cup Series playoffs and, ultimately, the championship.
Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson won the 2021 Cup Series championship and is also +600. Clearly, the Hendrick Motorsports team is going to be among your weekly NASCAR picks for your online sports betting ticket.
Two-time Cup Series Champion Joey Logano may have won the championship in 2022, but he’s further adrift from the Hendricks duo, listed at +1200. Logano shares the same odds with fellow two-time Cup Series champion Kyle Busch.
Busch is ending a long-term relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing, leaving the No. 18 behind for the No. 8 ride with Richard Childress Racing. This kind of shift can affect drivers in different ways, and the uncertainty around how Busch will perform in his new team could be factoring into his +1200 odds of winning the championship.
Martin Truex Jr.’s 2017 Cup Series win may seem like a distant memory, but oddsmakers haven’t forgotten. Truex Jr will be driving the No.19 ride for Joe Gibbs Racing and is listed around +1200 odds in the preseason NASCAR odds to win the championship.
New Champion to Emerge?
We saw our previous Cup Series winners each win their first championships in 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021. Will history repeat itself, and a new driver emerge from the pack to become a Cup Series champion?
Ryan Blaney is the oddsmakers’ favorite of non-champions to win the 2023 title. Teammates with defending Cup champion Logano at Team Penske-Ford, Blaney actually has better odds than his teammate at +1000.
Hendrick Motorsports William Byron, Trackhouse Racing Team’s Ross Chastain, who went viral with his now banned, video-game inspired “Melon Move” wall-ride at Martinsville, and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell join a packed group of drivers at +1200.
We’ve got three long shots for you to consider as potential but unlikely winners of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Tyler Reddick headlines the list of longshots. He is moving to 23XI Racing for the 2023 season and is listed at +1400 odds.
We’re going way off the board with the next two long shots. Ty Gibbs steps up to the Cup Series and into a ride with Joe Gibbs Racing after winning the 2022 Xfinity Series championship. If Gibbs can put together a magical season, he could net bettors a ridiculous return from his +8000 preseason odds.
Xfinity Series runner-up Noah Gragson won eight races in the series but ultimately fell short of the championship. Gragson will be driving the No. 42 car for Petty GMS and will hope to piece together an excellent season and be competitive, but remains a long shot to win the Cup Series Championship at +10000 odds.
NASCAR Cup Series Betting Odds
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NASCAR Cup Series Winner Picks and Prediction
If we are forced to make a prediction on who takes home the NASCAR Cup Series championship, we’re going to side with another first-time winner taking home the title.
While Hendrick Motorsports dominates the odds, we think Team Penske-Ford is going back-to-back, with Blaney taking home his first championship in 2023.