NASCAR Cup Series Continues With Pennzoil 400
The NASCAR Cup Series travels to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday for the 2022 Pennzoil 400. It will mark the third race of the season and Kyle Larson is expected to claim his second victory.
However, while the online sports betting sites favor Larson, who is priced as +450 favorite on the NASCAR odds for this weekend, we shouldn’t ignore other drivers who have the talent and tools to outperform the reigning champion. Here is our betting preview for the 400 Pennzoil, which takes a closer look at three other drivers.
Things To Know About Pennzoil 400
Las Vegas is 1.5-mile track, which is similar to the Kansas Speedway.
The inaugural Las Vegas Motor Speedway race was held in March 1998, when Mark Martin took the crown. There were 25 races since, heading into the 26th edition of the race this weekend.
Interestingly, over the 25 races, not a single time did a driver who started the race outside of the top-25 win. Furthermore, 9 of the last 10 winners started the race inside the top-13.
This track is also known for many lead changes. Over the last 10 races, an average of nine drivers led a lap, and there are on average 20 lead changes per race. So if you’re betting in-play, keep those numbers in mind.
Kyle Larson Looking To Repeat
Not only is Larson the defending NASCAR Cup series champion, but he also won the WISE Power 400 race and crossed the finish line first the last time he raced in Las Vegas. With that, it makes perfect sense for the online bookies to favor him to win this weekend, but there are arguments to be made that he is not the best bet at the offered odds.
Still, considering how dominant he has been since last year, you can make a case for Larson. In fact, he is so good that many will consider betting on him for each race, and even with that strategy, you might be making a profit by the end of the year, assuming he will be as good in 2022 as he was last season. And taking into account his performance at Fontana, he just might be.
“There was definitely some guys that were quicker than us, but they had their misfortune,” said Larson after winning at Fontana.
“Just kept our heads in it all day. … the whole race was crazy but definitely good to get a win in California.”
As noted, Larson won the last race, won the previous Las Vegas race, and claimed the checkered flag in Texas, Kansas, and Charlotte in 2021. All these tracks are similar to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and serve as a good form guide of how Larson should do on Sunday.
With seven top-10 finishes across his last eight races at Las Vegas and the worst finish 12th, Larson clearly likes to race here.
Joey Logano Could Be a Threat
Joey Logano travels to Las Vegas as one of the drivers you could betnow at +700, which seems like a generous price. He looked good at Fontana, finishing fifth while also being one of the fastest drivers on the day.
What’s more, Logano has won the Las Vegas spring race twice, in 2019 and 2020, and has a top-10 finish in 8 of his last 10 starts. Unfortunately, he has placed ninth or worse in three straight, which isn’t too inspiring.
Nevertheless, Logano holds an 8.8 average finish here across 17 starts, which is still very impressive. Still, he has not performed up to par in his last two appearances.
2022 Pennzoil 400 Information
- Race: Pennzoil 400
- Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
- Day/Time: Sunday, March 6, 3:30 p.m. ET.
Pennzoil 400 Betting Lines
Pennzoil 400 Predictions
It’s hard to pass on Larson to win the Pennzoil 400 at +450, and he is arguably a good bet even if the odds drop to as low as +400. Larson has driven well here before, is the reigning champion, and is fresh off a victory at Fontana, which are three good reasons why you might not want to fade him.
But if you’re out for a higher payout, you can’t go wrong with Logano. He is priced at much higher odds, which is reasonable, knowing that he had a few iffy showings in Las Vegas in recent years. Still, he has a solid record on the track and was very fast last weekend.
Another driver who caught out attention is Kyle Busch, priced as high as +1400 to win the 2022 Pennzoil 400. Admittedly, Busch struggled last weekend, being multiple laps down early on, yet he still managed a top-15 finish.
He also has solid results on his home track – he won here in 2009, finished third in both races last season, and has a top-5 in five of the last six spring races on Las Vegas. But we would first wait and see how his Toyota drives in the qualifiers since the Toyota cars didn’t look too fast last weekend.