Larson enters Sunday’s race (3PM ET, Fox Sports 1) as the best BetMGM to win at +600. Larson won the fall 2021 race at Kansas Speedway on his way to winning the Cup Series title in a dominant season.
Larson has been the fourth different winner in Kansas in four races since Denny Hamlin won back-to-back races on the track in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020. If Larson wins Sunday, he will be the first driver outside of Joe Gibbs Racing to go. Back-to-back in Kansas since Jeff Gordon won his first two races on the track in 2001 and 2002.
After Gordon won back-to-back races, Matt Kenseth won his last Roush Fenway Racing race in 2012 and then won with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013. He then passed Martin Truex Jr. My 2017 race in Kansas.
Larsson’s win on Sunday will be his second this season. He currently sits ninth in the Cup Series standings with five places in fifth and six in the top ten in 12 races. Ten drivers have finished in the top ten in at least half of the races so far this season. Point leader Chase Elliott has the top 10 with nine of 12 races while Kyle Busch has eight.
Here’s what you need to know to bet on Sunday’s race. All possibilities from BetMGM.
Kyle Larson (+600)
Chase Elliot (+800)
(+800) Kyle Bush
Denny Hamlin (+900)
William Byron (+900)
Larson finished six in the top ten in 14 games in Kansas. Elliott has finished in the top 10 eight times in 12 starts and has one win on the track. Kyle Busch took his second win in Kansas in the spring of 2021 and has finished 11th only twice since he was 15th in the 2014 spring race on the track. Denny Hamlin is one of three drivers to have three wins on the track while Byron has finished in the top 10 in his last five starts in Kansas.
Good average value
Joey Logano (+1200)
Tyler Riddick (+1600)
We went with Joey Logano over Penske teammate Ryan Blaney in this class due to his previous success in KS. Lugano is one of those drivers with three wins and ten places in the top ten in 25 starts. Riddick has finished in the top thirteen in three of his five starts in Kansas and could be a pole contender on Saturday.
Don’t bet on this driver
Harvick has the best average finish of any driver at Kansas Speedway at 8.9 and also won three races there. And while we’re pretty confident with his chances of making the top 10 on Sunday, he hasn’t shown the pace to win a race so far this season.
Looking for a long shot?
Almerola has not finished better than sixth in Kansas in 20 games. But he has earned four places in the top ten so far in 2022 and is 12th in the standings. You can rarely get odds as long as this is on a driver that ranks high in the rankings.