The race for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship is down to eight following the conclusion of the second round of the playoffs, and betting odds are now on the board for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 — the first of three Round-of-8 events.
After Bubba Wallace's historic victory at Talladega, it was a more familiar face that won last week at Charlotte — and it's again the usual suspects sitting atop the NASCAR odds board.
Here's our first look at the NASCAR odds to win the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, which takes place at Texas Motor Speedway at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 17.
Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Odds
|Driver||Odds to Win|
|Martin Truex Jr.||+900|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||+15,000|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of October 12, 2021.
Favorite to win the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500
After two "bad" races — a 10th-place finish at Las Vegas and a DNF at Talladega — Kyle Larson claimed the checkered flag (and re-took the points lead) last weekend at Charlotte and is the betting favorite this weekend at +340. Larson now has a NASCAR-best seven victories this season and has finished seventh or better in seven of his last 10 events.
Denny Hamlin (+600) is just behind Larson, in both the points standings and the betting board this weekend. Hamlin has been on an absolute tear in the postseason, finishing inside the Top 10 in all six events — including both of his 2021 victories — and is coming off a fifth-place result last weekend at Charlotte.
Defending champion Kyle Busch is third on the odds board at +750, coming off a fourth-place finish at Charlotte and having posted a Top-10 result in four straight Texas races.
Chase Elliott sits fourth (+750), coming off a 12th-place finish at Charlotte and having finished outside the Top 10 in four of his last five visits to Texas, while Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney are tied for fifth at +900.
How to bet on NASCAR
The most popular way to bet on NASCAR is by simply picking the winner of a race, which is also referred to as an outright. There are plenty of other ways to wager, including betting on whether or not a driver will finish in the Top 3 or Top 10 of a race.
Another popular betting option is head-to-head matchup betting, where sportsbooks pair up two drivers and you choose who you think will finish better in the race, which is far easier than trying to select someone to win out of a field of approximately 40 drivers. For tips on NASCAR betting check out our How to Bet NASCAR page.