NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Racing Championship Futures
by Dave Schwab Scores & Statson
The boys of NASCAR have already rolled into Daytona for this year’s Speed Week ahead of the 2019 Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17. Forever known as the sport that begins a new season with its biggest event of the year, NASCAR will once again run a 36-race schedule to decide this year’s Cup Series racing champion.
Intertops online sportsbook has released its NASCAR Cup Series futures odds to win the 2019 racing title in what should be another fantastic run all the way to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship race on Sunday, Nov. 17.
NASCAR completely changed its 10-race format for its racing playoff ahead of the 2014 season. From that point forward, the 16-driver playoff was broken down into three elimination rounds with the final four drivers competing for the title in the last race of the year. Since then, there have been five different racing champions. This increased degree of difficulty has worked to keep things wide open when it comes to betting NASCAR futures.
Last season, the big three of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. dominated the regular season, but none of three could seal the deal in the playoff with Joey Logano racing his way to his first career Cup Series title.
Those top three drivers accounted for a combined 20 victories across 36 events and they remain at the top of the list coming into this season. Busch and Harvick are +550 co-favorites to win their second career racing title after Harvick won his first in 2014 just ahead of Busch’s title run in 2015.
Harvick was able to steer his No. 4 Ford to eight point-race victories last season to finish third in the final Cup Series point standings. He placed inside the top five drivers 23 times last season. Busch was right behind him in the final standings in fourth place driving the No. 18 Toyota. His final stats were equally impressive with eight trips to Victory Lane and 22 total runs inside the top five. If you are looking to go chalk betting the 2019 Cup Series title futures, you should probably flip a coin between the two.
Truex Jr. won his first career racing title in 2017 and he came up just short of repeating with a second-place finish behind Logano in 2018. His No. 78 Toyota crossed the finish line first in four Cup Series events in 2018 after winning a total of eight races in his 2017 title run.
The betting odds that Truex does get it done this season have been set at +700 to add a bit more value to this pick. He did take a slight step backwards last season, but with 20 runs in the top five in 2018, you already know he is going to be right in the mix this season.
The other driver listed as a +700 third-favorite is Chase Elliott. This will be his fourth full-time season racing at NASCAR’s highest level and he has been able to make the most of the opportunity. After two very competitive seasons that ended with a 10th-place finish in 2016 and a fifth-place finish the following year, Elliott broke through last season driving the No. 9 Chevrolet with his first three Cup Series career wins. He went on to finish sixth in the final point standings.
Given that a different driver has won the racing title in each if the past five seasons, there is quite a bit of value in Elliott’s odds to keep that streak alive in 2019.
Moving down the NASCAR futures list, you have Kyle Larson at +750 followed by the duo of Logano and Brad Keselowski at +800. Ryan Blaney is next at +1000 before the odds drop to +1600 for Erik Jones. Veteran NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer rounds out the Top 10 at +1800 to win this year’s title.