As we have seen over the years in NASCAR, every driver has a track or two where they always seem to deliver the goods, making it a little easier to place your wagers every Sunday. This weekend, though, things get a little trickier, as the drivers are moving off the oval and onto the road course at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The drivers who are in as the favorites this weekend are the ones who have had a history of doing well on these types of courses, but given the unpredictable nature of the NASCAR season to this point, who knows what to expect. Let’s take a closer look at those favorites along with their NASCAR odds.
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Martin Truex Jr. (+600)
Heading into last week’s race in Dover, Truex Jr. was on a roll and looking at taking the top spot in the driver standings. Once the dust had settled, he found himself 19th at the end of the race and down to #3 in the standings. All of that aside, this has still been a great start to the year for Truex Jr., as he still leads the way in wins in the Cup Series with 3. He is just going to need to find a way to shrug off the poor showing last week an get back to dominating, which he has every chance of doing on the COTA road course on Sunday.
Kyle Larson (+700)
If any driver looks set to have a good weekend, it may well be Kyle Larson. We all know that he spent the majority of last season serving a suspension, but while he was away from NASCAR, he took part in several different road course races, where he did very well indeed. That experience may end up serving him very well on Sunday, but it certainly helps that he has been in good form in the early going. He has just 1 win thus far, with that one coming in Vegas, but he has been hot of late and has posted a pair of 2nd place finishes in the last 2 weeks. He may well be my pick on Sunday.
Chase Elliott (+700)
If truth be told, we are still waiting to see the best from the defending NASCAR champion this season, as he is still out there looking for his first win. That is not to suggest that he has been terrible, though, as he has delivered 7 top 10 finishes in the 13 races this season, with 5 of those being top 5 finishes. He, too, has been in good form over the past 3 weeks and has not finished worse than 7th in that run. You definitely feel that his first win of the season is coming, so why not this weekend?
Denny Hamlin (+700)
The smart money this season has been to pick Denny Hamlin to finish in the top 5, as he has managed to do that 9 times out of 13 races. While that is an insane level of consistency, you can bet that Hamlin will still be disappointed that he has yet to go out and win a race in 2021. Still, he has done more than enough to be deserving of the top spot in the driver standings, and he is another driver that you ignore at your own risk this weekend.