NASCAR Betting -- Weather may be factor in Coca-Cola 600, with Larson favored

  • In Charles Jay
  • Sun, May 28th, 2023 2:52:27 pm
  • By Charles Jay - Exclusive to OSGA

Kyle Larson and William Byron lead Hendrick Motorsports into the Coca-Cola 600.

The weather in Charlotte this week has been threatening enough that the Xfinity series race was shifted from Saturday to Monday. As of right now, the Coca-Cola 600 is slated to go off as scheduled at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but they're going to be as careful as possible at NASCAR.

The good news was that the rain, which was likely to hit during the early afternoon, was expected to experience a reduction as the day wore on. So even in the worst case scenario, the track ought to be dry for most of the proceedings.

Here are the odds for the top drivers in the Coca-Cola 600, as they have been posted at BetOnline:

Kyle Larson +400
William Byron +800
Denny Hamlin +800
Chase Elliott +900
Ross Chastain +950
Martin Truex Jr +1000
Kyle Busch +1000
Christopher Bell +1200
Joey Logano +1200
Alex Bowman +1800
Kevin Harvick +2000
Ryan Blaney +2000
Tyler Reddick +2200

Currently Ross Chastain leads the NASCAR Cup points race, although, interestingly enough, he has not yet won a race. And perhaps that "0" on his record accounts for him being priced at +950. But he is still one of the favorites.

In case you don't know it, Chastain does not drive for one of the big, recognized racing outfits. Rather, he's with Trackhouse Racing, a recently established group which represents an investment in NASCAR for rapper Pitbull.

At the other end of the spectrum, Hendrick Motorsports, which has won this race twelve times, looks like it is in pretty good position to win it again. William Byron, who has won three races already this season, has the pole position, and he is priced at +800 at BetOnline. But he's not the favorite; that distinction goes to Kyle Larson, at +400. They've also got Chase Elliott (+900) and Alex Bowman (+1800) in the race.

Larson, who is ninth in the points standings, is nonetheless +450 to win the Cup. A year from now, he'll be trying something that has only been completed in full once - by Tony Stewart - as he performs the "double duty" of racing in both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600, which obviously requires some air travel between the two races.

Larson was actually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier in the day, checking out the garage area. He's not been in an Indy car quite yet, but he plans to remedy that soon enough.

Speaking of all that, Jimmie Johnson, the four-time Coca-Cola 600 winner, ran in the Indy 500 the last two years, and is planning to be part of the 24 Hours of LeMans in a couple of weeks. He is running a limited schedule for his new Legacy Racing team, and participated in the Daytona 500, finishing 31st. The seven-time Cup winner is 150-1 to win in Charlotte. He is involved in some heads-to-head propositions, as a -140/+110 underdog to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and a -125/-105 dog against former Daytona 500 winner Austin Cindric.

And by the way, in Monday's Xfinity Alsco 300, Ty Gibbs, the 20-year-old grandson of Joe Gibbs, is the favorite at +325. John Hunter Nemechek, son of former Busch Series champ Joe Nemechek, is +350, with Kyle Busch coming in at the same price. This will be conducted at Charlotte Motor Speedway as well.

There is also group betting available at BetOnline for the 600. Whatever the game - Formula One, NASCAR, Moto GP, IndyCar - they have you covered. And they make it incredibly easy to open up your account, so you can use your credit card or any form of cryptocurrency you can think of!

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