You can’t get much more American than running a NASCAR race on the 4th of July, which is exactly what is happening this weekend. It’s a 250-mile road race this weekend, which comes on the heels of us a seeing a lead change atop the driver standings. The trip to Road America is one that some drivers are going to handle better than others, as this is a different kind of racing. No matter how it looks, the one thing that remains the same is that all the drivers are coming into this looking for points that will help them in their quest to make the playoffs. With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the favorites for the Made in America 250 race so you can get ready to bet against their NASCAR odds.
NASCAR Cup Series Betting: Jockey Made in America 250 Race Preview
Chase Elliott (+240)
It has been a strange kind of season for the defending champion, who finds himself all the way down in #8 in the driver standings. In fairness to the champ, though, it has not been what you would call a disastrous season by any stretch of the imagination, as he does have a win, as well as landing in the top 5 in no less than 8 of the 19 races to this point in the season. While it might not be the season that he had hoped for, Elliott still cannot be counted out, as it’s often all about when you get hot. He has the benefit of having raced at Road America twice in the Xfinity Series, finishing 4th each time.
Kyle Larson (+260)
With a 9th and a 2nd in the 2 races at Pocono last weekend, Larson broke a run of 3 straight Cup Series victories. On the brighter side of things, those performances last weekend were enough to put him atop the driver standings, a spot that is going to be very tough to take away from him given how consistently good he has been to this point of the season. In the last road race, which came at Sonoma earlier in the season, Larson came away with the win. He would probably be my pick for this one.
Martin Truex Jr. (+550)
This is another driver that is certainly worth a look on a road course, as he has 3 wins in the road in NASCAR over the course of his career. In the earlier race on the road in Sonoma this season, he managed a 3rd place finish. One the downside, he has tailed off a little since that positive run, with 11th being the best that he has managed in the 3 races since Sonoma. It’s a funk that you would expect him to break out of and it would not be a surprise to see it happen this weekend.
Kyle Busch (+800)
After being on the outside looking in for most of the season, Kyle Busch is beginning to make a move, winning his second race of the year last weekend. He has now made a move up to 4th in the overall standings and is beginning to look like a legitimate threat. He has 5 career wins in NASCAR road races and is coming off a 5th in his last road run at Sonoma. Given his track record and current form, this is a tempting bet.