Most Popular NASCAR Driver in Tennessee

Most Popular NASCAR Driver in Tennessee
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One week after a big sporting event occurs in Las Vegas, the sporting world and Tennessee sports betting turns their eyes to another big event in Florida on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

With the Daytona 500 on Sunday, BetTennessee.com utilized Google Trends by checking “NASCAR” over the past 12 months (Feb. 7, 2023 to Feb. 7, 2024) to find the most-searched NASCAR driver in that state. Any full-time or part-time NASCAR Cup Series driver was included. Here is who Tennesseans root for:

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NASCAR Drivers With Most States

Driver No. of States
Chase Elliott 8
Kyle Larson 8
Kyle Busch 7
Bubba Wallace 5
Jimmie Johnson 4
Kevin Harvick 3
Martin Truex Jr. 3
Ryan Preece 3

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Volunteer State Backs Larson

When push comes to shove, the Volunteer State is rooting for Larson. As a matter of fact, seven other states have him as their No. 1 driver too: Hawaii, Idaho, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wyoming.

Larson and fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott have the most states at eight apiece. Kyle Busch is third with seven, Bubba Wallace is fourth with five, and Jimmie Johnson rounds out the top five with 4.

Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr., and Ryan Preece each have three states each. Elliott is one of the five drivers listed on Tennessee betting apps as co-favorites at Daytona.

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Tennessee Tabulator

Last season, Larson, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion ranked second with four wins (23 overall), 15 top five and 18 top 10 finishes. In 2023, he won at Richmond Raceway, Martinsville Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and won the NASCAR All-Star Race.

In two races in Tennessee, he finished fifth after starting seventh in Nashville on June 25 and then placed second after starting way back in the pack at 36th at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 16. This season, he also plans to compete in the Memorial Day Weekend double (Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600) and on top of all that, he started a new dirt track racing series called the High Limit Racing Sprint Car Series in 2023 with 12 races. This year, a full 60-race schedule takes place over 36 tracks and 19 states. Unfortunately, none are held in Tennessee.

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ESPN BET Futures

Over at ESPN BET Tennessee, Larson is the second favorite to win this year's NASCAR Cup Series Championship at +600, a smidge behind favorite Ryan Blaney at +550.

He is at +1600, tied with Byron, as the eighth favorite to win this year’s Daytona 500 on FOX. Larson finished fifth after starting eighth during the Clash at the Coliseum at Los Angeles Coliseum on Feb. 3.

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Author

Lou Monaco is a reporter for BetTennessee.com. Lou had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.