Prime Sports NASCAR season predictions

We at Prime Sports NASCAR have made our annual preseason predictions. While Chase Elliott is the defending series champion, none of us picked the Hendrick Motorsports driver to repeat.

The odds are stacked against him. Just twice since 1995 has a driver backed up a championship with another a year later.

Team Penske ended the year hot and we all expect their trio of drivers to contend for the 2021 title. But did we pick any of them to win?

Find out below.

Pre-season Championship Odds (2/8)

6-1…C Elliott, D Hamlin and K Harvick

7-1…Kyle B, B Keselowski, J Logano and M Truex Jr.

11-1…K Larson

12-1…R Blaney

22-1…A Bowman

33-1…Kurt B

40-1…A Almirola

50-1…C Bell and W Byron 

66-1…M DiBenedetto and Wallace Jr.

70-1…R Chastain

80-1…C Custer, A Dillon and T Reddick

100-1…C Briscoe, E Jones and R Newman

200-1…C Buescher and R Stenhouse Jr.

 

 

2021 PRE-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTIONS

 

Greg DePalma

 

PLAYOFF PICKS (16)

R Blaney…R4/CHAMPION

A Bowman…R8

C Buescher…R16

Kyle B…R4

Kurt B…R16

W Byron…R12

A Dillon…R16

C Elliott…R4

D Hamlin…R12

K Harvick…R12

E Jones…R12

B Keselowski…R8

K Larson…R8

J Logano…R8

T Reddick…R16

M Truex Jr…R4

Champion: R Blaney

Sleeper: C Buescher

 

CJ Radune

 

PLAYOFF PICKS (16)

A Almirola…R16

C Bell…R16

R Blaney…R4

A Bowman…R12

Kyle B…R8

Kurt B…R12

W Byron…R12

M DiBenedetto…R16

C Elliott…R8

D Hamlin…R4

K Harvick…R8

B Keselowski…R12

K Larson…R4/CHAMPION

J Logano…R4

T Reddick…R16

M Truex Jr…R8

Champion: K Larson

Sleeper: C Bell/T Reddick

 

Eric Smith

 

PLAYOFF PICKS (16)

C Bell…R12

R Blaney…R4

A Bowman…R8

Kyle B…R12

Kurt B…R16

W Byron…R12

R Chastain…R16

C Elliott…R4

D Hamlin…R4/CHAMPION

K Harvick…R4

B Keselowski…R8

K Larson…R8

J Logano…R8

M Truex Jr…R12

T Reddick…R16

B Wallace…R16

Champion: D Hamlin

Sleeper: C Bell/T Reddick

 

OVER/Under

Will SHR win 6 races in 2021?

Eric…OVER

CJ…OVER

Greg…Under

 

Will there be at least 2 new first-time winners in 2021? 

Eric…OVER

CJ…Under

Greg…Under

 

Will there be at least 3 new playoff drivers in 2021?

Eric…OVER

CJ…OVER

Greg…OVER

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