The NASCAR Cup Series will be wearing their home uniforms Sunday when they race at their home track in Charlotte. The race will be the sixth race on a road course this year and the last race in the Road of 12. The Best Bets hit again last week with Chase Elliott at 12-1, but that pick was not too tough to call. Elliott is always one of the favorites at the Superspeedways. So will we have another favorite in Victory Lane Sunday or will the season of long-shots continue at the Roval? My betting portfolio this week will contain a mix of favorites (as insurance policies) and long-shots.
DRAFTKINGS ODDS FOR CHARLOTTE ROVAL
* The odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook. The odds could change between the time of this article and the time you place your bet.
** The first number is the amount of money based on the second number (the amount of the wager). So if you bet $1 on Chase Elliott, you will win $5.
Here are my best bets for the race at Charlotte Roval…
TYLER REDDICK (6-1): I know Chase Elliott has been awesome on the road courses but I am not sore sure he should be the favorite Sunday. Elliott is 0-8 in his last 8 road course races. Reddick has won 2 of the 5 road course races this year and 2 of the last three. The No. 8 car has been the best on the road course in the Gen-7 car so I will bet Reddick to win Sunday.
KYLE LARSON (8-1): The Hendrick Motorsports cars are always fast in their backyard (if you ever been to Concord, N.C. you will know you could nearly walk from HMS to Charlotte Motor Speedway). Everyone had Chase Elliott picked to win this race last year and Larson stole the show and went to Victory Lane. It could happen again Sunday. Larson won the last race on a road course (Watkins Glen). Larson has won 4 of the last 10 road course races so I will put my money behind the No. 5 car Sunday.
AUSTIN CINDRIC (15-1): Cindric is a great value at 15-1 odds. He nearly won the last Roval race at the Indy Road Course when Cindric finished 2nd at the Brickyard. This is his first Cup Series race on the Charlotte Roval, but he had a lot of success at this track in the Xfinity Series. Cindric finished 3 of his 4 Xfinity Series races on the Charlotte Roval in the top-three. He is going to run up front. Cindric just needs to figure out a way to close out the race and he will be in Victory Lane.
RYAN BLANEY (15-1): Here we go again…. I am having a hard time believing Blaney is going to go winless in 2022 so I am going to bet him every week until he finds Victory Lane. Maybe I am throwing money away, but his No. 12 car has been too fast to not win this year. Blaney has scored the most Stage Points on the road courses this year so that means he runs up front. He just needs some better luck and no one had better luck at the Charlotte Roval han Blaney. Jimmie Johnson spun out Martin Truex Jr. in the final turn in the inaugural Bank of America Roval 400 and it handed Blaney the win. I need another one of those races Sunday 😊
MICAHEL MCDOWELL (30-1): There have been 19 drivers in Victory Lane this year. I will bet that McDowell can make it No. 20. The No. 34 car finished 3rd at Sonoma, 8th at Road America, 8th at the Indy Road Course and 6th at Watkins Glen. His 7th place average finishing position on the road courses this year is 3rd best in the Cup Series (behind Chase Elliott and Austin Cindric). 30-1 odds are too good to pass up on a driver who has had so much success on the road courses this year.
LONG SHOT SPECIAL KYLE BUSCH (30-1): In the TV Show “The Office” Kevin says, “If anyone gives you 10K – 1 odds on anything… You take!” The same goes for Kyle Busch. If the books are going to give me 30-1 odds on Rowdy, I will take it. I know he has been cursed this year and he has not won a road course race in a long, long time, but he has too much talent and his car should be too fast for Busch to be listed in “The Land of Long-Shots.” I will put some beer money on Busch and hope this is the week when his luck turns around.
Good luck this week!
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