The next race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup series is held this weekend, on the 14th of March at Phoenix Raceway in Arizona. In the previous four events four different drivers managed to win so far while Denny Hamlin leads the overall standing. He is mentioned in the top favorites in the 2021 NASCAR Instacart 500 betting predictions. Just like defending series champion Chase Elliott.
This NASCAR Cup series season has been full of surprises so far. After fans could witness the victories of four different drivers in the first four races. Last weekend Kyle Larson won in Las Vegas, while Michael McDowell, Christopher Bell and William Byron also got a victory. And where are the big names? Well, Danny Hamlin leads the overall standing thanks to his balanced performance ahead of Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson. Defending champion Chase Elliott is in 4th place at the moment but has only finished in the top 10 once so far. We shall see if he and the other favorites can improve in Phoenix. Or if we can see a fifth winner of the season, who can surprise everyone again.
2021 NASCAR Instacart 500 betting predictions still mention last season’s top drivers
In spite of the season’s results online sportsbooks in the US still offer the smallest odds, +600 for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion, Chase Elliott. The 25-year-old driver started the year with a second-place finish in Daytona but hasn’t even finished in the top 10 since. Now he can get his first victory of the season in Phoenix where he finished 7th last year. Of course, Elliott must have great memories from this track as he won the championship here last November. Now he stands in fourth place in the overall standing, but needs a better result to keep up with the leaders.
Like with Denny Hamlin, who is currently at the top of the table with three top 5 finishes. The Joe Gibbs racing driver hasn’t won the championship yet, but finished as a runner-up in 2010. He has featured in all playoff seasons since he has been racing in the series. And it seems he can do it again this year. Hamlin hasn’t performed that well in Phoenix in recent years, but it can also change at the weekends. His odds to win the race is +650 in the 2021 NASCAR Instacart 500 betting predictions.
Harvick and Logano are also in the favorites
Kevin Harvick started the season well with a 4th, 6th and 5th place finish but fell off the pace in Las Vegas. Even though he started from pole position, he only finished in 20th place. His lack of speed can be slightly worrying for the 2014 Cup series champion, who also got 9 victories last season. But the 45-year-old driver is the most experienced racer in the competition and can get a much better result again now. He has the odds of +700 on BetOnline to win the race.
Online gambling sites in the US offer the odds of +800 for last year’s race winner, Joey Logano. Who is currently in 6th place in the overall standing. The 2018 Cup series champion was close to winning in the second race at Daytona. But had to settle with being the runner-up. This result came just after his collision with teammate, Brad Keselowski in the first race, at Daytona 500. While he finished 9th in the last race in Las Vegas. One of the season’s surprise winners, Kyle Larson is also mentioned in the favorites now. His victory and overall third-place standing increased his chances of another win with bookmakers offering the same odds, +800 for his victory.