On Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott looks for his third victory in the last four races and his second straight when Chase and his crew step onto the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for the 2022 NASCAR Ambetter 301. Is Elliott a good pick to again cross the finish line first? See below for a 2021 Ambetter 301 recap as well as picks for this Sunday’s race.
2022 M&M’s Fan Appreciation Race Info
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- When: Sunday, July 24 at 3:00 pm ET
- Where: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA
- TV: FS1
- Radio: MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
- Live Stream: NBCSports.com
Odds to Win the 2022 M&M’s Fan Appreciation
- Kyle Busch +700
- Kyle Larson +800
- Denny Hamlin +800
- Chase Elliott +800
- Ryan Blaney +1000
- Martin Truex Jr. +1000
- Ross Chastain +1000
- Kevin Harvick +1000
- William Byron +1200
- Joey Logano +1500
- Cristopher Bell +1500
- Kurt Busch +2000
- Alex Bowman +2000
- Tyler Reddick +2500
- Daniel Suarez +3000
- Chase Briscoe +3000
- Bubba Wallace +3000
- Brad Keselowski +4000
- Austin Cindric +5000
2021 M&M’s Fan Appreciation Recap
Last year, NASCAR called this race the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350. Kyle Busch started nineteenth. He worked his way up to first and crossed the finish line the winner.
Second place went to Hendrick driver Kyle Larson while Brad Keselowski flew home third. Kevin Harvick finished fourth and Bubba Wallace finished fifth.
Top Choice to Win the 2022 M&M’s Fan Appreciation
The top pick started last season’s Pocono event well. Chase Elliott pushed down on the gas pedal in ninth. But he had a bad race, finishing twenty-seventh. Elliott believes he can turn things around in this year’s event. Chase has finished either first or second in four straight. He won at Nashville and finished second at Road America.
In the last couple of races, Elliott won at Atlanta and then last Sunday finished second at New Hampshire. He’s driving too well to ignore and it’s obvious Hendrick puts as much effort into Chase’s car as they do into Larson’s.
Second Top Choice to Win the 2022 M&M’s Fan Appreciation
The favorite to win this, Kyle Busch, hasn’t finished better than twelfth in five straight. It feels as if Joe Gibbs Racing has decided to lean on Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin this season.
The second choice hasn’t won a race this year, but is sitting on a huge effort. Truex Jr. has improved from race to race. He followed up a twenty-sixth at Sonoma with a twenty-second at Nashville. Then at Road America, Martin finished thirteenth.
At Atlanta he finished eleventh and then last weekend he finished fourth. Truex Jr. finished fourth after winning the pole and leading 172 laps. He’s trending up, which is a fantastic sign. If you’re chilly on the top choice, Martin Truex Jr. for sure can win this.
Third Top Choice to Win the 2022 M&M’s Fan Appreciation
Last week, Harvick finished fifth at New Hampshire. There’s a great chance he uses momentum from that race to finish in the top five again. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver knows the Pocono course, he finished fourth in this last year. Not only that, but he’s started tenth in the last couple of races, which means he should be in a good position to maintain a top ten position throughout.
If things break Kevin’s way, he will have a chance to win the checkered flag. Harvick is a legit contender to win his first race of the current NASCAR season.
Top Underdog Choice to Win the 2022 M&M’s Fan Appreciation
At 15-to-1, Bell isn’t a massive underdog. But it makes no sense to dump on a driver that has no chance just because we want great odds.
Bell offers better odds than he should. Cristopher led just 42 laps last week, but it was enough for the win. The victory in New Hampshire shows he and his crew are rocking it.
No doubt, Bell could bounce with a bad performance this week. But Kyle Busch has struggled. So, maybe, Cristopher is the Gibbs driver that his team counts on at Pocono.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.