The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen International on August 21 for the fifth road race of the 2022 season. There are many drivers chasing their first win, but the odds makers anticipate that Chevrolet’s recent dominance will continue.
According to BetMGM, four Chevrolet drivers lead in opening odds. Chase Elliott sits in best position at 5-1 while Tyler Riddick won second with a 6-1 score. Watkins Glenn defending champion Kyle Larson was third with an 8-1 score, while Circuit of the Americas winner Ross Chastain finished in the set 9-1.
The first driver who does not control a Chevrolet is Austin Cendrick. The Daytona 500 winner enters the race weekend at 10-1. He has yet to win a track on the road during his Cup Series career, but he has a rich history of competing in other racing series. Cindric also won five laps on the road in the Xfinity Series.
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While Cindric is the first driver to represent another manufacturer, he is slightly ahead of another member of the Chevrolet family. Sonoma race winner Daniel Suarez enters the weekend at 12-1.
Elliott has 3 strong performances live at Watkins Glen
The reason Elliott’s odds are so strong is his consistency in road racing. That includes his past three starts when he didn’t finish outside the first two positions on the field.
Elliott already claimed his first Cup Series win at the Watkins Glenn International in 2018. He drove 52 of 90 laps while driving the No. 9 Sun Energy 1 Chevrolet, the 250th win in Hendrik Motorsports history. Then Elliott ran out of fuel and had to take a push from Jimmy Johnson to get back on the track.
Elliott returned to Watkins Glen during the 2019 season, and has continued to showcase his skills on the NASCAR Road Courses. He drove 80 of the 90 laps and came back on the 2.45-mile track.
The Cup Series didn’t race at Watkins Glen in 2020 due to COVID, but the drivers returned to the track in 2021. Elliott was the favorite to win, and came close to finishing third in a row. However, he eventually finished second while teammate Kyle Larson won.
New driver faces decent prospects at Watkins Glen
The trip to Watkins Glen International will be historic given that there will be representatives from seven different countries. This includes guest drivers Mike Rockenfeller, Daniil Kvyat, Loris Heismans, Kyle Tilly and Kimi Raikkonen.
Rockenfeller, Kvyat, Hizemans and Tilley enter the weekend with a 1000-1 lead to win. They are in the back of the field with full time driver Cody Ware. Raikkonen, by comparison, occupies a distant place on the list.
The former Formula 1 champion enters the weekend with a 40-1 lead as he prepares for his first appearance in the Cup Series. He has better odds than Ty Gibbs (50-1), Eric Jones (100-1), Todd Gilliland (125-1), Cole Custer (125-1), Bubba Wallace (150-1), and Austin Dillon (150 ) -1) Among many other things.
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