NASCAR Cup Series is going to Talladega this weekend for the 10th race of the 2022 season. The race in question is the GEICO 500 race, which starts at 3:00 PM (ET) on Sunday, April 24.
This event has been on the NASCAR schedule since 1970, and has been one of the fastest races on the calendar with cars hitting average speeds of ~150 mph. Last year’s winner, for example, Brad Keselowski, won the race with an average speed of 147.62 mph.
Speaking of Keselowski, he’s currently sharing the #1 spot for most wins in GEICO 500 with Jeff Gordon. Both have won the race four times, but unlike Gordon who’s retired, Keselowski has a chance to add a few more wins to his portfolio. In fact, oddsmakers think he might win his fifth title this Sunday.
RFK Racing’s ace is seen as one of the top contenders for the 2022 race, although there are several drivers who are given shorter odds than him, which you can see in the table below.
GEICO 500 Odds (NASCAR 2022)
DriverOddsRyan Blaney+1000Joey Logano+1200Chase Elliott+1300Austin Cindric+1400Denny Hamlin+1400Bubba Wallace+1400Brad Keselowski+1500Chase Briscoe+1600William Byron+1700Kurt Busch+1700Kyle Busch+1700Kyle Larson+1700Kevin Harvick+1700
*Odds taken April 22.
When, Where, and How to Watch
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022Time: 3:00 PM ETPlace: Talladega Superspeedway, AlabamaHow to Watch: FOX
Top Favorites to Win GEICO 500
Ryan Blaney, the driver who won the race two years ago, is seen as the #1 favorite to win the 2022 race. Still, his odds are +1000, meaning that he’s far from being a sure bet. In fact, it seems that anyone could win the Talladega event.
Brad Keselowski is one of the drivers that stands out from the crowd. The main reason why he mustn’t be underestimated is that he loves this race. He’s won it four times and now has a chance to win it for the record fifth time.
The reason why his odds aren’t shorter is that this hasn’t been his best season. In fact, Keselowski’s best finish in 2022 happened at the Daytona 500, the first race of the season. He finished in the #9 position in that race.
The man who’s been having the time of his life in 2022 is Chase Elliott. He’s currently ranked #1 in the Drivers Championship, even though he’s yet to win a race this year. Maybe that will happen this Sunday?
GEICO 500 Prediction
Elliott has finished in the top 10 in six of the nine races he’s driven in 2022. Although he didn’t win any of those, he does have plenty of wins in his portfolio. In fact, he even has one GEICO 5500 triumph.
It happened in 2019 when Elliott recorded an average speed of 161.331 mph, which remains the best result since 2001.
Pick: Chase Elliott