We are back with another NASCAR preview, this time for the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard.
Even when he doesn’t win, Chase Elliott is winning this season. That is how good he has been in 2022. He can finish third in a race, as he did at Pocono, and still come out on top, as he did due to two post-race disqualifications.
Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch failed their post-race inspections, and Hamlin became the first Cup race winner to be stripped of a win since 1960.
For Elliott and the rest of the drivers, hopefully, this week’s trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway provides cleaner racing and a less controversial finish.
Favorites to Win Verizon 200 at The Brickyard
- Chase Elliott (+450)
- Kyle Larson (+700)
- Ross Chastain (+700)
- Daniel Suarez (+1000)
- Tyler Reddick (+1000)
- Austin Cindric (+1400)
- Chase Briscoe (+1600)
- Kyle Busch (+1600)
- A.J. Allmendinger (+1800)
- Martin Truex Jr. (+1800)
- Ryan Blaney (+1800)
It is a road course, and if he wasn’t the hottest driver on the circuit, he still might be the heavy favorite. But with four wins on the season and a commanding lead in the series standings, this is Chase Elliott’s race to lose. Elliott has seven wins in 22 career road course races and 13 top-five finishes.
If it’s not going to be Elliott, Kyle Larson is a solid plan B. He’s not had nearly the year in 2022 that he had in 2021, but he did just finish fifth at Pocono last week, and he has a good history at Indy, finishing third at this race last year.
The other driver of the big-three Verizon 200 favorites this week is Ross Chastain. He’s been the most consistent all year, with ten top-five finishes and 14 top-10s.
He wrecked out of last week’s race, and in this event last year, he barely cracked the top 30. But considering how well he is driving in 2022, he should always be on your radar.
Top Value Plays for Verizon 200 at The Brickyard
A.J. Allmendinger (+1800) is on your favorites board, so he isn’t a long shot. But he is the defending champion at this event, and he’s paying nearly 4.5x more than the favorite Elliott.
He’s a road course specialist, and you don’t see him at too many races, but coupled with his win last year and a top-10 at Road America on July 3 of this year, give him a look.
Kevin Harvick (+2800) should also be in consideration at the Verizon 200. He won at Indy in 2020, when it was the Brickyard 400, and that was his second straight victory here. He has the history at this venue, plus he’s had a good season on road courses – finishing fourth in Sonoma and 10th at Road America.
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