The NASCAR Cup Series is gearing up for its first road course of the season as the drivers and crew head to Austin, Texas, for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix. This is the second-ever running at the Circuit of the Americas and with it being a road course, the road king of the Cup Series, Chase Elliott, is the betting favorite.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has released EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix odds with Elliott set as the favorite at +250. He is followed closely by Kyle Larson at +400, Kyle Busch at +900, Martin Truex Jr. at +900 and Denny Hamlin at +1400 to round out the top five drivers on the oddsboard.
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EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Odds
|Martin Truex Jr.||+900|
Odds as of March 24 at Sportsbook
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Why Is Elliott The Favorite In The EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix At The Circuit Of The Americas?
If you go back to Chase Elliott’s first career victory in the Cup Series, it came at a road course (Watkins Glen). In fact, seven of his 13 career wins have come at road courses. The 2020 Cup Series champion also picked up the checkered flag in the inaugural race at the Circuit of the Americas last year.
Elliott heads into this race as the current points leader, though he doesn’t have a top-five finish yet, nor a stage win. We can anticipate things changing at the first road course of 2022.
NASCAR Predictions This Week For The EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix
We’ve dealt with quite a few unknowns early in the 2022 season with the next-generation cars resulting in a more level playing field. Now, we see the next-gen cars on a road course for the first time, making it a little more difficult to handicap this race. That said, here are my three picks to win the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix.
Chase Elliott +250: Normally I don’t like betting the chalk but there is no driver in the NASCAR Cup Series who is more dominant at road courses than Chase Elliott. He earned his first career win at a road course and nearly half of his victories have came at these style of tracks. Although his year hasn’t started that strongly, he is the points leader and should be a force on Sunday.
Joey Logano +1800: If I’m going to make the favorite one of my picks, I need to offer some value picks that could be an option for a top-five or podium finish. Joey Logano finished third at the Circuit of the Americas last year, leading the most laps with 14. He is also sitting just behind Elliott in the points standings and at 18:1 odds, I like it.
Ross Chastain +2500: Last year, I probably would have never bet on Ross Chastain, but this is the second week in a row that I will be doing so. He’s coming off three straight podium finishes, including back-to-back second-place finishes, and he had a fourth-place finish in last year’s race at this track. He’s a great option to finish in the top five or top three at shorter odds but +2500 is always worth a shot.