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NASCAR concluded its 10th week of the season when Kyle Busch took to Victory Lane at Talladega Sunday, April 23.

Ten weeks in and trends are being set, drivers are beginning to separate and while anything can, and usually does, happen on the track it’s time to look down the road to the Cup Championship.

Kyle Larson, who won the Cup two years ago, is the current favorite with bet365 New Jersey offer to win it again at odds of 6-1. Larson and the No. 5 car through 10 races had two wins and four top-five finishes. He also had four DNFs.

Busch, in his first year with Richard Childress Racing after years with Joe Gibbs, is the second choice at 7-1 odds with top gambling apps. The veteran two-time Cup champion won for the second time in 10 races at Talladega and had five top 10 finishes through 10 races.

William Byron, the 25-year-old Charlotte, N.C. native is another two-time winner through 10 races and is the current third choice at 8-1. Byron’s 386 laps led through the first 10 races are second only to Larson.

Christopher Bell, another relative newcomer, has been the early season’s most consistent driver. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who made it to the Final Four a year ago, had a win and seven top 10 finishes through 10 races. He checks in at current odds of 9-1.

Last year’s champion Joey Logano has started the 2023 season as hot as he finished his championship 2022 season. Logano had a win and five top 10 finishes through 10 races. He’s looking for his third Cup Championship — he also won in 2018 — and looking to be the first back-to-back champion since Jimmie Johnson won five straight titles from 2006-10. Logano’s current odds are 10-1.

Veterans Denny Hamlin and Tyler Reddick also check in at 10-1. As great a driver as Hamlin has been through his career; he’s never won a Cup Championship. Reddick is also looking for his first title.

Two long-shot plays, if you’re looking for good value, are Ross Chastain (14-1) and Alex Bowman (25-1). Chastain and the No. 1 car was ranked second in the standings, behind Bell, after 10 races. Although he did not have a win through 10 starts, Chastain had 331 points. Bowman and the No. 48 car, also had yet to find Victory Lane through 10 starts, but his six top 10 finishes were also second only to Bell. 

The playoffs start Sept. 3 at Darlington and the Cup Championship is scheduled for Nov. 5 at Phoenix. 

Prediction: Bell would be the pick. It just looks like his year. But Chastain would be a good value bet as well.

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