NASCAR’s Cup Series is ready to make its way to the finish line.
The only off-weekend of the 2022 season is in the mirror. Sunday’s game in Nashville (5 p.m. ET, NBC) is the first of 20 games in 20 consecutive weekends until the final game of the season in Phoenix on November 6.
The finish of 20 races consists of the last 10 races of the regular season and the 10 playoff races at the end of the season. It is not difficult to say that the last 10 games of this regular season are a little more important than they were in previous years or considering the number of winners so far in 2022.
Twelve drivers have won one race in the first 16 races of the season. Only William Byron, Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have won many matches. And neither has won more than two games so far this season.
With 16 drivers in the playoffs, there is room for only four drivers without a win at the moment. And drivers like Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick have not won yet. Blaney and Truex feel safe enough to win soon. Throw a win from Harvik or someone like Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick or a surprise driver and there is a chance the playoffs will be made up exclusively of winners for the first time since it was expanded to 16 drivers in 2014.
Sunday’s match is just the second Cup Series match at the Nashville Superspeedway. Kyle Larson won the opening race of the Cup on the track a season ago, when he led 264 of the 300 laps of the race. You will not be surprised to learn that Larson is BetMGM’s favorite on Sunday.
The 1.33 mile concrete track is unlike any other track in the Cup Series program. No other intermediate trajectory is specific. While Nashville may have a similar shape to other 1.5 mile oval logs, its sidewalk type means it has little in common.
Here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s match. It is also the first game of the season for NBC. The broadcaster will televise the rest of the Cup Series season on its networks. NBC should be an upgrade over Fox by default, especially for those of us who are increasingly frustrated with Fox coverage this week.
Kyle Larson (+500)
Kyle Busch (+700)
Ross Chastain (+800)
Chase Elliott (+900)
Danny Hamlin (+1000)
Joey Logano (+1000)
Busch is one of the few drivers on the field to have won the Xfinity Series on the track. Bush won in 2009 and 2021 in Nashville. Logano also won in Nashville in 2009 and Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski also have victories on the track in NASCAR No. 2. Chastain is the No. 3 favorite due to Trackhouse’s speed throughout the season and his No. 2 position in the standings. Elliott should have a top-10 car.
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William Byron (+1400)
Kurt Busch (+2800)
Byron has been faster than his Hendrick Motorsports teammates at times this season and Sunday could easily be another version. He finished third in 2021. Bush won in Kansas earlier this year and his 23XI team has shown that it has fast cars on longer tracks.
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Stewart-Haas Racing did not have the speed that other teams had on intermediate tracks this season and we are not impatient that Briscoe is a candidate for victory on Sunday.
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The Wallace team needs to be negotiated. Wallace showed speed from time to time in 2022, but failed to reap consistent results thanks to pit crew errors, loose wheels and other problems, such as the burning engine he suffered at the Phoenix. If No. 23 can figure it out, Wallace can claim one or two wins before the end of the regular season.