Road Course Awaits
It looked like the NASCAR Cup Series was going to return to some normalcy this week. Chase Elliott became the first playoff driver to get a win this season with his victory at Talladega last Sunday, and the top of the leaderboard was familiar with Ryan Blaney coming in second, Ross Chastain fourth and Denny Hamlin fifth.
This was following upset wins by Erik Jones at Darlington, Bubba Wallace at Kansas, Chris Buescher at Bristol and Tyler Reddick at Texas.
Just when you think you’ve got Nascar odds for this weekend dialed in, now we head to road course racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Elliott for the Back-to-Back?
The Roval 400 has been pretty unpredictable in the past. In 2018, Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. wrecked coming out of the final chicane, leading to an unlikely Ryan Blaney victory. In 2020, a wet start was declared for the first time in Cup Series history.
Despite the premise that anything can happen at the Charlotte road oval, this weekend’s race sure looks like Elliott’s to win.
Elliott heads into the weekend coming off the win at Talladega and as a multi-time Roval 400 champion in 2019 and 2020.
His win here in 2020 was his fourth straight Cup Series road course win, and seven of his 18 career victories have come on a road course. Elliott currently leads the Cup Series playoff standings.
Elliott Not a Lock
While Elliott is the +350 favorite when betting online for the Bank of America Roval 400, he’s also not a sure thing despite his past road course success. Look no further than last year’s event when No. 9 led just two laps and finished 12th – or this year’s playoff events in Darlington where he was 36th, or Texas where he finished 32nd.
Kyle Larson (+700) is the defending Roval 400 champion even though he led just eight laps en route to last year’s checkered flag. William Byron (+1200) led 30 laps here a year ago, and Denny Hamlin (+1200) was in the lead for 25 laps.
You also can’t discount that this is an elimination race when betting the Roval 400. Austin Cindric (+1200) is currently the first driver out of the round of eight, while Byron and Christopher Bell (+1600) also need big weekends to keep their playoff chances alive.
Chase Briscoe (+2200) and Daniel Suarez (+1400) are the last two drivers in the round of eight heading into Charlotte.
NASCAR Cup Roval 400 Race Information
- Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Road Course
- Day/Time: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m. ET
- Cup Roval 400 Live stream: NBCSports.com
NASCAR Cup Roval 400 Betting Odds
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The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
NASCAR Cup Roval 400 Prediction
Are things starting to settle in the Cup Series playoffs with an actual postseason driver winning last week in Talladega, or are we headed toward more unpredictability at the Charlotte road course.
Elliott certainly has some value in the Las Vegas odds as a two-time winner of this event and considering he’s climbed to the top of the Cup Series points standings.
The play this weekend is Hamlin at +1200. He finished fifth here last season while leading the second most laps and has finished in the top 10 in all five playoff races, including two runner-ups and a fifth-place finish.