NASCAR Cup Series Ambetter Health 400 Odds: Can William Byron Make it Three in a Row?
The Cup Series Heads East With Two Drivers Tied for Best Odds in Atlanta
Ambetter Health 400 Bets Preview: William Byron made it two NASCAR Cup Series wins in a row last week in Phoenix. A fourth caution flag gave him the chance to pass teammate Kyle Larson for the win. He’s the first driver on the grid to secure a spot in the Cup Series Playoffs this season thanks to his sixth career victory.
Kevin Harvick, a strong performer at Phoenix, was set for his 10th career win at Phoenix Raceway prior to the last caution. He had to pit for four tires and fell back to finish fifth. Though it wasn’t a win, Harvick’s result puts him top of the championship standings with 151 points.
The Cup Series heads back east this weekend for the Ambetter Health 400 in Atlanta. Here’s a look at who’s favored for victory on Sunday
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Byron’s second win of the season wasn’t as dominant as his victory in Las Vegas but has helped offset his slow start to 2023. Thirty-fourth in Daytona and 25th in Fontana set him back to start the year. He’s tied for the best NASCAR odds for victory again at +900. No Cup Series driver has won three races in a row since the 2021 playoffs when Larson took the title. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise as Byron won the first Atlanta race last year.
Larson, also at +900, is overcoming a slow start to 2023 as well. An 18th-place finish in Daytona followed by 29th in Fontana is the main reason he sits 32nd in the Cup Series standings. Two top-five finishes in the last two weeks show he’s on the upswing going to a track where he’s had mixed results. Ten career Cup Series races in Atlanta have yielded four top-10 finishes. He needs a win to push closer to the sharp end of the standings.
A handful of drivers close behind
Continuing Our Ambetter Health 400 Bets Preview: Kyle Busch (+1000) is the next-best odds for victory. His Fontana win and a top-10 finish last week has him fifth in the standings. He’s been solid but not outstanding in Atlanta; two wins in 26 races there with an average finish of 14th. Another win and he qualifies for the playoffs.
Four drivers sit at +1200: Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin. Of the four, Hamlin and Blaney have won in Atlanta before. Blaney is one of the best drivers in recent memory in Atlanta. In the last five races there, he’s been in the top five four times, including a win in 2021. His track record is the best of this group.
Hamlin’s had a rougher go of it lately with just two top-five finishes in the last five races. He’s qualified well there but hasn’t converted that into strong results.
Harvick’s taken over the top of the standings from Chastain after the latter’s collision with Hamlin on the final restart. Hamlin later admitted to wrecking Chastain on purpose on his podcast. A win for Chastain would be a good way to bounce back from the result.
Logano’s track record in Atlanta isn’t good. Eighteen starts have seen just two top-five finishes. He’s been a bit over the place to start 2023 and a surprise win would help his title defense.
Longer shots worth considering for the Ambetter Health 400
Martin Truex Jr. (+2000) is yet to win a race at Atlanta but he’s one of the most consistent drivers there. Over the last five races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, only Blaney has a higher average finish. He’s consistent but hasn’t broken through for a win yet. That makes him one of the safer long shots this Sunday.
Alex Bowman (+2000) is also a long shot who is yet to win a race in 2023. He’s been in the top five twice in the last five races at Atlanta and could break through this week for his first win of the season.
Predictions for the NASCAR Cup Series race
Concluding Our Ambetter Health 400 Bets Preview: Byron getting a third win in a row would be surprising. Larson’s been close for consecutive weeks and needs a win. But of the drivers with the top odds, Blaney seems like the safest bet. He’s been the most consistent driver at Atlanta over the past few years and could be the first non-Chevrolet driver to get a victory in 2023.
If those odds don’t provide a big enough payout, Bowman would be a good choice. He’s historically done pretty well there and could make it five wins in five races for Chevrolet-powered cars. Stay right here all season long for the latest NASCAR schedule updates and when you want to know “where is the nascar race this weekend” we have all the answers.Follow us on Twitter