NASCAR Kansas 2022: odds, preview, and key storylines | Ovarian Report

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    The NASCAR Cup Series is carrying some more drama than usual at Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway.

    Joey Logano won last week in Darlington by keeping William Byron off the road on the last lap.

    Byron has had the best car of all of the 2022 season, and he could use the late drama as incentive to appear in KS.

    Hendrick motorsports She doesn’t have a great winning history in Kansas, but her drivers combined six places out of the top ten in two races in Kansas last season.

    Byron and Chase Elliott made a pair of top-10 spots in Kansas, and Kyle Larson won the playoff race in October.

    Hendrik could reassert his dominance at the front of the field. The first team in the Cup Series has had one win in the last four races.

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s cars can be Hendrik’s biggest challenge. The Gibbs have had three of the last five wins in Kansas, and they combined in five of the top ten last season in Kansas.

    Ross Chastain may be bothering the big teams again. Chastain has had two top 10 spots on 1.5-mile trails already this season, and has been fast on every track he has competed on.

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    Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.

    Kyle Bush (+700; bet $100 to win $700)

    (+700) Kyle Larson

    Denny Hamlin (+700)

    Chase Elliot (+700)

    William Byron (+1000)

    Martin Truex Jr (+1000)

    Ross Chastain (+1000)

    Joey Logano (+1200)

    Ryan Blaney (+1400)

    Tyler Riddick (+1600)

    (+1600) Alex Bowman

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    William Byron was on the unfortunate end of the lap caused by Joey Logano on the last lap in Darlington.

    For now, the move will likely frustrate Team 24, but Byron and his crew may be able to move on from him quickly.

    Byron already has a spot in the NASCAR Cup Post-Season Series via his victories in Atlanta and Martinsville.

    Logano’s detached game could have been more damaging to Byron had he been still fighting for a watershed point. Lugano earned his spot in the playoff with a Darlington win.

    Byron has one of the fastest cars on the track, so he can respond to the heartbreaking result in Darlington with a solid race in Kansas.

    The driver finished #24 inside the top ten on both trips to Kansas last season. He finished ninth in the May race and sixth in the October heat race which was won by Larsson.

    Byron owns four of the top five in the Cup series this season, so he can easily bounce back from last Sunday’s score with a solid performance on the 1.5-mile track.

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    Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing combined for four of the last five wins in Kansas.

    Kyle Busch crossed the finish line first in May for Gibbs, and Larson won the playoff race in October for Hendrik.

    Dating back to 2017, the two teams have had seven wins in 10 races over the one-and-a-half mile track. Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were the winners from that stretch and not the Hendrik and Gibbs cars.

    Ross Chastain may pose the biggest threat to Hendrik and Gibbs due to his good performance in Trackhouse Racing this season.

    Chastain has two Top 10 finals on 1.5-mile tracks, and is tied with Alex Bowman for most finishes inside the top 10 this season.

    Chastain and Byron are the only drivers to have multiple wins on the Cup Series circuit this season.

    Richard Childress Racing’s teammates, Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon, are also worth watching. Both drivers made it to the top 10 last May in Kansas and Dillon finished 10th in the October race.

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