After weeks of surprising results in NASCAR, we finally got a result that was somewhat expected last weekend, with Brad Keselowski taking the checkered flag at Talladega. The question now is whether that win sets off a chain of normalcy or whether it is a minor blip in what has been a fins season to this point. This weekend, the drivers will be in Kansas for what might be the best named race of the season, with the Buschy McBusch 400 set to go on Sunday afternoon. As you are going to see from the odds, the bookies seem to think that there are several drivers in with a shot here, so let’s take a closer look at the favorites along with their NASCAR odds.
NASCAR Cup Series: Buschy McBusch 400 Betting Preview
Chase Elliott (+650)
You have to say that it has been a bit of a disappointing start to the season for the defending champion, as he is still out there looking for his first win. He has been in the top 5 on 3 different occasions this season, which Elliot will tell you is simply not good enough. He will be looking to get on track this weekend at the Kansas Speedway, where he has had some success in the past. Elliott won there back in 2018 and has been in the top 10, including a pair of top 5 finishes, in 4 of his last 4 runs at Kansas. He is not in form right now, but this might be where he breaks out.
Denny Hamlin (+650)
Like the champ, Hamlin is still seeking his first win after 10 races this season, but where he differs from Elliott is that he has been close on a consistent basis. In fact, Hamlin has racked up no less than 8 top 5 finishes in those first 10 races, which is an absolutely astonishing level of consistency. You really do get the sense that it is only a matter of time before he gets his first checkered flag of 2021. Hamlin has 3 career wins at Kansas, with 2 of those coming in his last 3 races there. You can’t really argue with that level of success, and given his current form, I think he breaks his goose egg this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr. (+650)
In racing, we often talk about horses for courses, and when it comes to Kansas, Martin Truex Jr. has a fantastic pedigree. He won there twice back in 2017 and has only been outside the top 10 once in the 6 races since those victories. You can never really guarantee that a driver will excel in any given race given all the things that can potentially go wrong, but if Truex Jr. can stay out of trouble, he has a legitimate shot at picking up his 3rd win of the season.
Joey Logano (+700)
Logano has already picked up his first win of the season and has been in the top 5 4 times through the opening 10 races of the year. Perhaps more importantly than that, though, he also won the last time he took to the track in Kansas. With that win, he broke a run of 3 consecutive poor races at that track, logging his 3rd career win there in the process. He is up against it among this group, but he has as good a shot as any.