Is 2019 going to be Kyle Busch‘s year? If we are to take the early championship odds into account, this could turn out to be the case.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver kept his spot as the early favorite. Busch has been at the top spot since the start of the season.
As expected, the other three members of the “Big Four” – Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and reigning champion Joey Logano – are also strong contenders.
Nine races into the season and Kyle Busch is still the favorite.
The points leader has yet to finish outside the top 10 in 2019.
Busch also leads all drivers with three wins.
The 2015 champion’s five stage wins are also first in the series.
The #18 odds have improved since the start of the year.
Kevin Harvick is still right behind Busch.
The 2014 Cup Series champion is still looking for his first win of the season.
Harvick has four top 5 and seven top 10 finishes to go with two stage wins through nine races.
Moving up the order, Joey Logano is tied with Kevin Harvick.
The reigning champion is second in points at the moment.
Logano has one win to his name, five top 5 and six top 10 finishes.
The #22 is second in stage wins as well, with four.
Martin Truex Jr. completes the Big Four.
The 2017 champion took his time getting used to Joe Gibbs Racing.
Truex moved over from Gibbs’ satellite Furniture Row Racing for 2019.
After a relatively long wait by his recent standards, the #78 scored his first win of the season at Richmond.
Brad Keselowski joins the Big Four from last season.
The 2012 champion has two wins this season, with four top 5 and 5 top 10 finishes.
The Team Penske driver has matched Truex’s odds, an improvement compared to the start of the season.
Denny Hamlin is a driver to watch this season.
Following a winless 2018, the Joe Gibbs driver already scored two victories this season.
Hamlin’s consistency has him third in points after nine rounds.
The #11 has eight top 10 finishes, his worst result of the season the 11th place at Atlanta.
Hamlin’s odds have significantly improved since the start of the season, a trend that should continue going forward.
Ryan Blaney‘s odds went the opposite way, but the Team Penske driver is still a contender.
Blaney’s season got off to a slow start, a pair of 22nd place finishes being his best results.
The #12 followed that with a solid sequence of four top 5 finishes in five races.
While he is still behind his Penske teammates, Blaney could show up as a surprise in the championship battle.
If you are looking for real dark horses, then Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola are valid options.
The elder Busch has been a pleasant surprise since his move to Chip Ganassi Racing.
The 2004 champion is seventh in points, leading all Chevrolet drivers.
While Chevy has struggled this past two seasons, Ganassi led the charge for the manufacturer in 2017.
Should Busch’s strong form continue, he could be in the mix as a real outsider.
Almirola is slowly improving in his second year with powerhouse Stewart-Haas.
The driver of the #10 car had a streak of six consecutive top 10 finishes.
He was the “best of the rest” in 2018, scoring a fifth place in the final standings.
While Kurt Busch’s odds improved, Almirola’s have remained the same since the start of the season.
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