NASCAR Cup Series Visits Richmond Raceway
The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season continues on Sunday, April 3, with the 2022 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway in Virginia. It will mark the seventh race of the season, following the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix and preceding the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 in Ridgeway.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, reports, and NASCAR odds for the Toyota Owners 400. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Also check on these Nascar betting lines.
Larson, Elliott, and Truex Jr. Lead Way
Though the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season has seen many upset winners, the odds for the next race don’t feature any surprise names at the top. As we look through the online sports betting odds, we see the usual suspects taking over the top spots in the NASCAR odds for this weekend, including the defending champion Kyle Larson.
Larson kicked off the season with a disappointing finish at Daytona (32nd) but quickly bounced back with a win in California and a runner-up finish in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the defending champion has since not found any success.
His best placement across the next three races was 29th last weekend at COTA, having landed in 34th and 30at in Phoenix and Atlanta. It’s still early to press the panic button as Larson still has a lot of time to catch up, but the question is whether he can actually do it.
Perhaps Larson could have done better in Texas had there not been Chase Elliott, who helped him spin out of the race.
“I messed up,” said Elliott.
“I got crossed up in the braking zone and hit him. Obviously, we were racing for last and probably weren’t even racing for stage points, and I think he knows me better than that. But yeah, that was completely on me and my fault.”
Elliot has yet to win a race this season, but he has been consistently putting himself in a position to do so. He has four top-10s in seven starts and was 10th last weekend in Texas. But even though Elliott has been consistently solid, it remains to be seen whether he can deliver in Virginia, where he has four top-5s in 12 starts.
Lastly, we have Marting Truex Jr. as another driver who is expected to have a great race on Sunday. He locked in back-to-back top-10s, but most importantly, he has won in Richmond in three of his last five starts.
He has yet to show the same consistency this season as other drivers, but we can’t look past Truex Jr when we talk about drivers that should deliver in Virginia.
Outsiders That Can Do Well
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is not expected to win the upcoming race, but he is a solid sleeper pick for those looking to bet now at higher odds. Admittedly, he has managed a top-10 only once this season, and he has missed the top-20 in all of his past four starts; however, he has a solid record at Richmond.
At Richmond Raceway, Stenhouse Jr. has 11 top-20s and a few top-10s, so even though he has not been in the best shape this season, the weekend race could be his best chance to claim another top-10. And at the provided odds, he is definitely worth a look on the top-10 betting markets.
Justin Haley has found himself in a similar spot and could be considered a solid pick in the top-10 markets. He has yet to place higher than 27th at Richmond, but Haley enters the weekend race on a four-race streak of top-20 finishes, so there is definitely something to be said about his chances to claim his best placement on the track.
2022 Toyota Owners Information
- Race: 2022 Toyota Owners 400
- Location: Richmond, Virginia
- Day/Time: Sunday, April 3, 3:30 EDT
- NASCAR Live stream: NBCSports.com
2022 Toyota Owners Betting Lines
|ODDS TO WIN
TOYOTA OWNERS 400
|Martin Truex Jr||11|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr||126|
Toyota Owners Prediction
With many of the top drivers failing to show up in recent races, it’s tough to say who will win in Richmond. However, despite all the shocking results, it’s hard to look past the names who have delivered here before, namely Truex Jr.
Not only has he managed two consecutive top-10s ahead of this race, but Truex Jr. has also won here in three of his last five appearances. That alone is enough to have some faith in him to show up and claim his first W of the season.
You could make a case for Elliott and Larson, but we like the better odds we’re getting on Truex as the more established and more successful river on the track.