After little movement for months, NASCAR betting odds underwent change at the top for consecutive weeks before a new favorite settled in.
While no one bumped out the leader this week, NASCAR championship odds continue to shuffle as we head into the 14th race of the season.
The 2020 champ, Chase Elliott, who has been one of the NASCAR odds leaders all season, remains one of the better bets to win, but in addition to falling out of the top spot he occupied for most of the season, he's slipping down the board entirely.
Let's take a look at the odds to win the NASCAR Cup Series and see how everything stacks up as we head into this weekend's race.
NASCAR Cup Series odds
|Driver||Odds to win NASCAR Cup Series|
|Martin Truex Jr.||+550|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||+15,000|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of May 17, 2021.
NASCAR Cup Series favorites
Martin Truex Jr. remains the betting favorite for the second consecutive week at +550 odds. He's two weeks removed from winning the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway, which was his NASCAR Cup Series-leading third victory of the season. Truex has finished in the Top 10 in eight of 13 races.
Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson knocked Chase Elliott out of the No. 2 spot and are sitting behind the leading Truex at +650 odds.
Hamlin remains the NASCAR Cup Series points leader and is coming off a seventh-place finish at the Drydene 400, which was his 10th Top-10 finish of the season. He also has a NASCAR-leading nine Top-5 finishes. Larson, meanwhile, was the runner-up at the Drydene 400, his second consecutive second-place finish. It marked the sixth time he has landed in the Top 5, which trails only Hamlin's nine.
Elliott and Kyle Busch round out the Top 5 on the odds board at +800. Busch finished a disappointing 27th at Dover following back-to-back Top-3 finishes, including a victory — his first of the season — at the Buschy McBusch Race 400 on May 2.
As for Elliott, his grasp as the odds leader is officially a thing of the past. Last year's NASCAR Cup Series winner was the odds-on favorite to repeat for the majority of the season but now finds himself looking up to more drivers than ever before. Elliott has struggled for much of the season and has yet to win, but is coming off a third-place finish at Dover, which was the third consecutive race he has finished in the Top 7.
Elliott enters this weekend's EchoPark Texas Grand Prix as a +225 favorite to win. Truex is behind him at +500, followed by Hamlin at +800.
How to bet on NASCAR futures odds
The most popular way to bet NASCAR futures is by simply picking the winner of the NASCAR Cup Series which is awarded at the end of the NASCAR playoffs. The champion is crowned via a points system based on the final race results of each driver.
With a field of more than 40 drivers, NASCAR Cup Series Championship odds can pay out very well even if you wager on favorites. For bettors that want to increase their chances of winning, some sportsbooks even offer NASCAR futures odds on finishing in the Top 3 at the end of the Cup Series.
For more information on NASCAR betting check out our How to Bet NASCAR page.
Where can I bet on the NASCAR Cup Series?
As the top car racing competition in the United States, most online sportsbooks and casinos offer odds to win the NASCAR Cup Series. Check out the best sportsbooks available where you live.