Kyle Larson The Favorite In Nascar Cup Series Futures

Written By Brett Gibbons on February 25, 2022 - Last Updated on February 28, 2022
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With the Daytona 500 in the rearview mirror, let’s dive into NASCAR futures odds for the 2022 Cup Series Championship. FanDuel Sportsbook has prices up for the title, led by Kyle Larson. 36 races stand between now and early November, seven of which are playoff races.

Below, TheLines takes you through the odds, standings, and more in relation to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship.

NASCAR Futures Odds: Cup Series Championship

Game
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Kyle Larson
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+380
Chase Elliott
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+600
Denny Hamlin
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+700
William Byron
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+850
Kyle Busch
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+850
Martin Truex Jr.
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+950
Ryan Blaney
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+1200
Joey Logano
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+1200
Kevin Harvick
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+1600
Alex Bowman
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+1800
Austin Cindric
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+1900
Christopher Bell
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+2200
Brad Keslowski
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+2200
Kurt Busch
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+3000
Chase Briscoe
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+4000
Tyler Reddick
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+4200
Bubba Wallace
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+7500
Austin Dillion
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+9500

NASCAR Futures Odds: The Favorites

Kyle Larson (+380)

The 2021 champion comes into 2022 as a strong favorite to repeat. Larson won 10 races– more than the next five drivers in the 2021 standings combined. He won pole position at Daytona to open the season, but only led one lap and wrecked with 10 laps to go. However, behind a rock-solid team like Hendrick Motorsports, Larson has a solid chance to become the first repeat champion since the great Jimmie Johnson.

Larson won four of the final five races and three of the final four playoff runs in 2021, including the Cup Series Championship.

Chase Elliott (+600)

Elliott won two races a season ago, both of which came on road courses (Circuit of the Americas in May, Road America in July). However, he posted 15 top-five finishes (fourth most) and already recorded a top-10 finish this season at Daytona. Running alongside Larson at Hendrick, Elliott has a top-tier team around him. Buckle up, because we aren’t through this team yet.

Denny Hamlin (+700)

Championships are hard– just ask Denny Hamlin, who’s finished sixth or better every season but once since 2015. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Hamlin’s a popular pick among analysts this season and also has a strong team around him, Joe Gibbs Racing. His team puts an emphasis on playoff tracks and less so on non-playoff tracks. The strategy is interesting, but they did place two of the top three drivers in last year’s standings.

William Byron (+850)

Byron’s the biggest riser of the 2022 season. He finished 10th last year, winning only Homestead a season ago. He finished inside the top-five 12 times but had five DNFs over the course of the 2021 racing circuit. Byron showed promise at Daytona to open the season. He started 23rd, but did lead a lap before wrecking after 62 laps. If he cuts down on the DNFs, Bryon is an interesting name to watch, especially since he has proven success at one of the final raceways of the playoffs (Homestead).

Kyle Busch (+850)

The two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion is no stranger to the top of odds boards and standings. A household name, Kyle Busch won two races a season– Kansas and Pocono– but finished in the top-10 22 times (fourth-most). He led 28 laps at Daytona this year and finished sixth, one of just two non-Fords to finish inside the top nine. A proven record of success and experience makes Busch a permanent contender.

Other Names Of Note

Martin Truex Jr. (+950)

Last year’s runner up won four races, three of which were early-season finishes. Truex Jr. was a consistent finisher in the playoffs, scoring the second-most points in the playoff. He led 11 laps at Daytona to begin the season.

Alex Bowman (+1800)

Alex Bowman dominated the short tracks a season ago, scoring four wins at Richmond, Dover, Pocono, and Martinsville. He finished 14th in 2021 despite the four wins, which was more than every driver below him combined. If it weren’t for a playoff win, Bowman would have fallen even farther down the list. He’s a true “longshot” chance to take.

Austin Cindric (+1900)

The rookie immediately dazzled at the Daytona 500, capturing his first Cup Series win. There’s not much of a sample size for rookie Daytona 500 winners (Trevor Bayne being the other lone driver), but there is for first career wins at Daytona and rookies to win the Cup Series Championship. Names like Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Tony Stewart, and Jimime Johnson graze both lists.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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