Chase Elliott trails favourites in bid for second straight NASCAR win

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Chase Elliott celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Concord, N.C. (Gerry Broome/AP)

Chase Elliott will be looking to continue his steady climb up the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings with a second straight victory when the scene shifts to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Fresh off a win in Thursday’s Alsco Uniforms 500, Elliott heads into the Supermarket Heroes 500 sporting +800 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Thursday’s victory wrapped up a solid week for Elliott at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 24-year-old turned in a steady performance while finishing second in last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600, and now sits in third on the NASCAR Cup Series standings, just 41 points back of first-place Kevin Harvick, going into Sunday afternoon’s running of the Supermarket Heroes 500.

Set at +800 on the odds to win the NASCAR Cup Series title when the drivers returned to the track earlier this month, Elliott has finished among the top-four drivers in three of four outings since then. However, Elliott has produced mixed results at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he turned in fifth-place and 11th-place finishes in 2019.

A familiar fixture atop the NASCAR Cup Series odds this season, Kyle Busch travels to Tennessee for Sunday’s race leading the way as the +350 favourite at betting sites. Busch is coming off a disappointing 29th-place performance at the Alsco Uniforms 500, and has now finished 26th in two of his past four races. The defending NASCAR Cup Series champion has yet to earn a win this season, but has five career victories in this race, including each of the past two years, and eight career wins at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr. sits second to Busch as a +650 second favourite on the Supermarket Heroes 500 odds, followed by Harvick and Joey Logano at +750, while Denny Hamlin joins Elliott at +800.

Truex has maintained a regular spot among the favourites despite failing to record a top-five finish this season. He is coming off a ninth-place drive on Thursday night, and has finished out of the top 10 in his past five races at Bristol. Harvick and Logano sit in the top two spots in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, but neither have emerged as a threat to win in their four outings since the return to action.

Like Elliott, Hamlin has been steady in NASCAR Cup Series action this month. The two-time defending Daytona 500 winner steered to second place on Thursday night, and has finished among the top-five drivers in three of four races including his win at last week’s Toyota 500.

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