Kentucky marks the halfway point for the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series.
The season hasn’t offered that much in terms of surprises and unexpected results.
Kevin Harvick going winless through the first half was perhaps one of the biggest talking points.
Chevrolet underperforming significantly as the Camaro enters its second year also drew some attention.
Aside from that, 2019 hasn’t offered much in terms of unpredictability.
That being said, there have been changes compared to some of the early season expectations.
With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at what the championship odds look like at this stage.
The top 4 drivers from last year’s standings are inside the top 5 18 races into 2019.
Martin Truex Jr. is the only driver from the Big Four outside the top 4 in points at the moment.
The Joe Gibbs driver, however, is tied for the series lead in wins, which would move him to third.
Still winless this season, Kevin Harvick would drop down from fourth to sixth.
Taking last year into consideration, it looks like we could have another Big Three or Big Four.
Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. have been the class of the field this season.
Busch and Truex combine for eight wins, with Logano scoring two victories.
The reigning series champion, however, leads all drivers in stage points with an impressive 173.
With stage points playing such a key role in the postseason, Logano is looking as strong as ever.
His consistency will likely get him into the Final Four again.
The Team Penske driver has made it to the championship decider three times in five years.
Listed at +750, a Logano pick offers great value.
Kyle Busch is listed as the favorite, his odds at +250 for the championship and -167 for the top 3..
The 2015 champion is perhaps the safest bet when it comes to raw pace.
Busch has only missed out on the top 10 once this season.
He only failed to make it to the Final Four once since the format’s implementation.
Martin Truex Jr. has rocketed up the order since the start of the season.
After a rocky start following his move from satellite operation Furniture Row to Joe Gibbs Racing, the 2017 champion is looking better and better.
His odds are now listed at +450 for the championship and +100 for the top 3.
Brad Keselowski has made his way back into the championship conversation this year.
The 2012 champion has three wins in 2019 and is third in the points standings.
The Team Penske driver has joined last year’s Big Four as a fifth element.
Much like teammate Joey Logano, Keselowski has done a solid job with stage points.
He is currently third with 144, including a second best four stage wins.
Consistency has been a bit of an issue for #2, on the other hand.
Keselowski missed out on the top 10 eight times in 18 races.
With odds listed at +800 for the championship, he could be an interesting pick.
Chase Elliott has been the leading driver for Chevrolet the past two seasons.
He scored three of the manufacturer’s four wins in 2018 and finished sixth in points.
Elliott finished as the best of the rest in 2017 with a fifth place in the final standings.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver has never made it to the Final Four, but will likely be in the conversation this season.
Elliott went as high as third in points this season, but has dropped down to seventh.
He is a great pick for the top 3 in the championship at +225, and a solid choice for the crown at +900.
|Driver||Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Winner||Link|
|Busch, Kyle||+250||Bet Now|
|Truex Jr. Martin||+400||Bet Now|
|Harvick, Kevin||+600||Bet Now|
|Logano, Joey||+600||Bet Now|
|Eliott, Chase||+800||Bet Now|
|Keselowski, Brad||+800||Bet Now|
|Hamlin, Denny||+1400||Bet Now|
|Johnson, Jimmie||+1500||Bet Now|
|Larson, Kyle||+2000||Bet Now|
|Blaney, Ryan||+2500||Bet Now|
|Bowman, Alex||+2500||Bet Now|
|Bowyer, Clint||+2500||Bet Now|
|Busch, Kurt||+2500||Bet Now|
|Jones, Erik||+3300||Bet Now|
|Almirola, Aric||+4000||Bet Now|
|Byron, William||+6000||Bet Now|
|Dillon, Austin||+10000||Bet Now|
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