NASCAR returns to Wisconsin for its first Cup Series race at Road America since the mid-1950s. With it being a holiday weekend, a lot of eyes will be on this race, and shopping around to find the best NASCAR Vegas odds is extremely important. Let’s delve into this week’s best NASCAR betting picks, including a few top-five bets and props offered by DraftKings Sportsbook for the Jockey Made in America 250 race this weekend.
Jockey Made in America 250: NASCAR Betting Picks
Here are the car owners of the past 10 winners at road races in the NASCAR Cup Series:
- Joe Gibbs
- Joe Gibbs
- Roger Penske
Before the 750-horsepower package was implemented at road races, it was tough enough for a driver without top-tier speed to compete for a victory. Since then the advantage has become even worse. Now, if a driver doesn’t have top-10 level speed, they simply aren’t going to be a factor without the weather or attrition playing a role. Consequently, look at what other “major” team has been missing from victory circle since Watkins Glen in 2018.
Furthermore, outside of a questionable caution in the Daytona Road Course race, that leaderboard should have seven straight road course victories for Hendricks Motorsports. With this being a new venue to the Cup Series, perhaps Hendricks’ advantage will be minimalized — Especially since no Hendrick driver is grabbing extra seat time in Saturday’s Xfinity or Trans-Am event. That said, the top two outright favorites (Kyle Larson +350, Chase Elliott +250) have been the best road course racers through three events and should be at the top of betting cards on Sunday. Both drivers have seen Road America before in the Xfinity Series, and Saturday’s practice session should be all they need to prepare for Sunday.
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Top 5 Bets
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– Prepping Cup drivers for road courses
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– #Jockey250 preview
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One of the highlights of this week’s episode was listening to Michael Self describe what sort of advantage a driver will need to succeed at Road America. Self’s emphasis for Road America was about aero due to the long straightaways at Elkhart Lake. Considering this is the 750-horsepower package, it will further emphasize the top-tier drivers in top-tier equipment. Thus, as mentioned above, potential winners should come from just three camps: Hendrick, Penske, and Joe Gibbs.
On the other hand, there is a situation with two notable “road ringers” making spot starts this Sunday. Both Austin Cindric (+425) and A.J. Allmendinger (+300) are crossing over from the Xfinity ranks to compete in Sunday’s Cup race. Cindric will be driving the No. 33 for Roger Penske, while Allmendinger will be behind the wheel of the 16 for Kaulig Racing. Kaulig is working as a partner of Richard Childress Racing, so this isn’t like the glory days of road ringers when Boris Said or Scott Pruett would take someone’s lower to mid-tier ride and have no real shot at competing for a win.
Besides talent and equipment, Cindric and Allmendinger have one advantage that a majority of Sunday’s field doesn’t: Neither of these two has to sweat the Cup playoff picture. They can pit off sequence and set themselves up late for a victory. Plus, both are racing on Saturday, so they should have practice plus track time that nearly half of the field will not. While projecting wins for either driver is tough, they both should be in positions to finish at or above fifth come the checkered flag.
The following are a list of interesting prop bets offered by DraftKings Sportsbook for this Sunday’s event:
- Team of Race Winner: Joe Gibbs +225
- Best Finish Group B: A.J. Allmendinger +375
- Top Chevrolet Car: A.J. Allmendinger +1300
- Best Finish Group C: Kurt Busch +255
- Top Ford Car: Kevin Harvick +600
- Best Finish Group E: Ryan Preece +290
- Ross Chastain, top 10 +210