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NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 Predictions, Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks

NASCAR Cup Series Back on Talladega Superspeedway

It’s Talladega Week!

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Alabama this Sunday for the heavily-anticipated GEICO 500 at the world-renowned Talladega Superspeedway.

It will mark the 10th race of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season and one no NASCAR fan or bettor should miss.

NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 Predictions, Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks
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Let’s check the latest news, stats, reports, and NASCAR odds for GEICO 500. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.

Also, check on these Nascar betting lines.

Tightly Contested Race

According to the Nascar betting for this weekend, the 2022 GEICO 500 will be tightly contested at the top, with little to separate the main favorites in Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliot, and Kyle Larson.

Does that mean that all five have about the same chance to win? Technically yes, but that doesn’t make them all great sport betting options.

Of the five, Blaney leads the way as the main favorite, which makes a lot of sense. The Ford driver has had quite a season, finishing inside the top-10 in five of his last six starts.

Moreover, he has finished inside the top-5 in Martinsville (4th) and Bristol (5th), adding to his solid performances at Richmond (7th) and COTA (6th). Blaney has yet to win a race this season, but he came close three times, so it’s only a matter of time before he does.

Last season, Blaney placed ninth at Talladega, which isn’t spectacular, but he has two fourth-place finishes from 2020 and 2015 when he made his debut here. Blaney is the man to watch with such figures, but so is Logano.

Logano is – like Blaney – still searching for his first win of the season, but if there is a race where the 31-year-old could finally grab his first W, it’s Talladega. Despite his lack of victories in 2022, online sports betting sites have Logano priced as one of the favorites, and you can’t argue that he has a legitimate chance to win.

Last weekend, Logano finished third in the Food City Dirt Race, has three top-5s this season (two in the last two races), and has already won at Talladega in 2018.

“We’ll take that”, said Logano after last weekend’s race.

And even though a third-place finish is an admirable result, Logano will surely want to push himself at Talladega, where he has delivered before.

Brad Keselowski Looking To Repeat

One of the drivers that will be getting a lot of attention for the 2022 GEICO 500 is Brad Keselowski, who won at Talladega last season, adding to his success in 2012 and 2016.

It’s also worth noting that Keselowski is the most successful driver at Talladega with six wins across 26 races, which includes nine top-5s, and 13 top-10s, meaning that Keselowski finished half of his races at Talladega inside the top-10 and one-third inside the top-5.

With such figures, it’s hard to ignore Keselowski as one of the drivers that can impress, granted his results this year hardly inspire any confidence. His best finish of the year came at Daytona, where Keselowski placed ninth.

Since then, he has managed just four top-15s and has placed outside of the top 20 three times (Fontana, Las Vegas, and Phoenix). We have seen some improvement from him of late, with an 11th-place finish at Bristol, but realistically, Keselowski has yet to come close to winning a race this term.

2022 GEICO Information

  • Race: 2022 GEICO 500
  • Location: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
  • Day/Time: Sunday, April 24th, 2 p.m. ET
  • Streaming:

2022 GEICO 500 Betting Lines

Ryan Blaney +1000
Denny Hamlin +1000
Joey Logano +1000
Bubba Wallace +1400
Chase Elliott +1400
Austin Cindric +1400
Brad Keselowski +1400
Chase Briscoe +1400
Kyle Busch +1600
Kyle Larson +1600
Kevin Harvick +1800
Aric Almirola +1800
Alex Bowman +1800
William Byron +2000
Tyler Reddick +2200
Kurt Busch +2500
Chris Buescher +2500
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +2500
Austin Dillon +2500
Christopher Bell +2800
Ross Chastain +2800
Michael McDowell +3300
Martin Truex Jr. +3300
Cole Custer +4000
Harrison Burton +5000
Daniel Suarez +6600
Justin Haley +6600
Erik Jones +6600
Ty Dillon +8000
Daniel Hemric +10000
Todd Gilliland +10000
David Ragan +10000
Corey Lajoie +12500
Noah Gragson +15000
Landon Cassill +25000
Greg Biffle +30000
JJ Yeley +40000
BJ McLeod +40000
Cody Ware +40000

2022 GEICO 500 Prediction

Blaney is the current betting favorite to win the 2022 GEICO 500, and if you’re looking to bet on Nascar on a driver that is most likely to cross the finish line first, he might be the guy. Blaney has had a strong season so far and has proven time and time again that he can be a threat.

Admittedly, he has yet to win a NASCAR Cup Series race this season, but if his past showing are any indication, it’s only a matter of time before he does. With a fourth and fifth-place finish at Martinsville and Bristol, Blaney has seemingly found his stride ahead of Talladega, where he has looked good in the past.

His average finish on the track isn’t that good, mainly due to his 39th, 18th, and 15th place finish in 2017-2019, but Blaney has managed a 1st and ninth across the last two. Keselowski is another driver that might be worth a bet, even on the top-5 betting markets.

He has yet to deliver this season, and many started to doubt him, but this only helps with our pick. He has a solid record at Talladega and won here in 2021.

Yes, his best result of the 2022 season was a ninth-place finish at Daytona, but if we look back to 2021, Keselowski had not finished better than 11th across the four races leading into Talladega, and he still won.

His season form is something to consider, but if his past results here are any indication, Keselowski is an entirely different beast on Talladega.

Pick: Ryan Blaney to win (+1000)

Pick: Brad Keselowski to win (+1400)