For the first time in two years, the NASCAR Cup Series is heading to Auto Club Speedway. Austin Cindric picked up the checkered flag in the Daytona 500, the first competition of the season, and he can be found 15th on the oddsboard for this weekend’s race. However, it is reigning series champion Kyle Larson who is favored in the Wise Power 400 odds.
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Online sportsbook [ol-sportsbook-bp:48:Bovada:26:Bodog] has listed the Wise Power 400 odds with Larson as the chalk at +400. He’s followed by Chase Elliott at +800, Kyle Busch at +800, Denny Hamlin at +850 and Martin Truex Jr. at +1000 to round out the top five drivers on the oddsboard.
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|Martin Truex Jr.||+1000|
Odds as of February 24 courtesy of [ol-sportsbook-bp:48:Bovada:26:Bodog]
Why Is Larson Favored To Win The Wise Power 400?
Last season, you were hard pressed to find a race in which Larson wasn’t the betting favorite heading into the weekend. He was the cream of the crop in most statistical categories en route to winning his first series championship and oddsmakers believe he’s going to pick up where he left off, listing him as the chalk this weekend and in the NASCAR Cup championship odds as well.
At Auto Club Speedway, the reigning champ has had mixed results. The good: he has a win and two second-place finishes. The bad: he’s finished outside the top 10 in his other four career runnings at this track, including his last two races.
It’s still difficult to figure out which drivers will be the ones to watch this season after one full race, the Daytona 500, in which half the field was involved in accidents at one point or another, and with the new car packages that drivers are taking some time to get familiar with.
Wise Power 400 Predictions
As mentioned above, there’s still a lot of uncertainty with the new car packages and as a result, I’m going to stay away from the chalk this time around and look for more value in my three Wise Power 400 predictions below.
Kyle Busch +800: We’re starting things off with Kyle Busch at +800. The vet looked strong in the Daytona 500 last week, finishing sixth, and has had success at this track as well. In 22 career starts, Busch has 11 top-five finishes, including four wins with the most recent coming in 2019 before a second-place finish in the last running in 2020.
Joey Logano +1400: While Logano has never won at Auto Club Speedway, he has been awfully competitive, scoring four top-five finishes in the last five races. His teammate Austin Cindric drove to victory lane last week and I think that just touches on what I believe will be a strong season for Penske Race Team and Fords in general.
Brad Keselowski +2000: And speaking of Fords, Brad Keselowski is the driver I have my eye on most this season. He became a co-owner with Roush Fenway in the offseason, was competitive last week and is offering tremendous odds. Heading into this race, Brad has had six straight top-10 finishes at Auto Club Speedway, including five top-five finishes and a win. At 20:1, he’s my favorite bet of the weekend.
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