NASCAR Odds: Favorites Shuffled With One Race Before Championship 4

Christopher Bell joins Kyle Larson with a guaranteed spot in Championship 4


Oct 23, 2023

Christopher Bell clinched his second straight appearance in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 by winning the 4Ever 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.

The win catapulted Bell from being on the bubble and risk of being eliminated from the chance of winning his first NASCAR Cup Series title. With the Toyota No. 20 driver guaranteeing his spot, Martin Truex Jr. joins Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin and Chris Buescher as the drivers at risk of elimination with only the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville remaining.

Truex has three wins at Martinsville with his most recent being in 2021 but can still clinch a spot with a good finish. The 2017 NASCAR Cup champion has been successful at the Virginia track with seven Top-5s and five Top-10s.

Hamlin has the greatest history at Martinsville of the drivers on the bubble with five wins, 13 Top-5s and six Top-10s.

Kyle Larson remains the favorite to win the NASCAR title despite not finishing the Homestead race following an accident at the pit road entrance. The 2021 NASCAR champion won the April race in Martinsville but already clinched his spot with a win at Las Vegas on Oct. 15. Larson has three Top-5s and one Top-10 to go along with his one win.

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How the field shakes out:
Kyle Larson +150
Christopher Bell +250
William Byron +300
Ryan Blaney +1000
Denny Hamlin +1100
Tyler Reddick +1200
Martin Truex Jr. +1400
Chris Buescher +6000

Martinsville Speedway is the final race of the third round of the NASCAR Cup playoffs. Larson and Bell are the only two guaranteed a spot with their wins at Las Vegas and Homestead-Miami respectively. If a winner emerges from outside the drivers in the Round of 8, the remaining six drivers will depend solely on their points to advance.

The drivers will battle for their spot at the Xfinity 500 on Sunday. The white flag at Martinsville is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

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