Best Bets for Road America


The NASCAR Cup Series will celebrate the 4th of July weekend at Road America Sunday. I love this track and it is the perfect place for NASCAR to celebrate our country’s Independence. But just like everything else they do, NASCAR is talking about eliminating this race next year. I hope that doesn’t happen. At least we have the race this weekend to enjoy. The Kwik Trip 250 can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network.

The Best Bets his two weeks in row with Joey Logano (16-1) at WWT Raceway and Daniel Suarez (25-1) at Sonoma. I thought they were in good shape to make it three weeks in a row with Kyle Busch (7-1) at Nashville but a late caution ruined it. Well the Best Bets are two for two on the Road Courses with Ross Chastain (25-1) at COTA and Suarez at Sonoma. I will do my best to make it three in a row this week.



 * 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 Kwik Trip 250…

ROSS CHASTAIN (8-1): Chastain has been the best driver on the road course this year. His 121.1 Driver Rating is a series best. Chastain won at COTA and he finished seventh at Sonoma. The No. 1 team has been the most consistent in the Cup Series this year. Chastain finished seventh at Road America last year. He is at least seven spots better than he was last year.

CHRISTOPHER BELL (15-1): Joe Gibbs Racing did not good at all at Sonoma. I was hoping to get some better odds on their cars but the oddsmakers are not buying it. The Joe Gibbs Racing cars finished #2 (Christopher Bell), #3 (Kyle Busch), #5 (Denny Hamlin) and #9 (Martin Truex Jr.) at Road America last year. I will bet on the Joe Gibbs Racing driver who finished 2nd at Road America and 3rd at COTA earlier this season.

AUSTIN CINDRIC (15-1): Cindric is no stranger to Victory Lane at Road America. He won the Xfinity Series race at Road America in 2020. He also finished 2nd in 2019. Cindric has the fourth-best average finishing position on the road courses this year. He finished 8th at COTA and 5th at Sonoma. If he gets the lead, Cindric wil be tough to beat.

AJ ALLMENDINGER (18-1): There is no doubt that Allmendinger is one of, if not the best road course driver in the Cup Series. The problem with Allmendinger is that sometimes he has more talent than he has car and it courses mechanical failures. He won at Road America in 2013 Xfinity Series race and he finished 2nd in 2020. Allemdinger won at the Indy Road Course so he has the talent to win in the Cup Series.

TYLER REDDICK (25-1): Reddick desperately needs a win if he wants to make the playoffs this year. He is the first name that comes to mind when people think of road course racing but Reddick has been pretty good. He finished 2nd at the Charlotte Roval last year and 5th at COTA earlier this year. Reddick will get some extra seat time this week since he is competing in the Xfinity Series race. That should help him get his rhythm down for the Cup Series race. He is a good value at 25-1 odds.


LOG SHOT SPECIAL: MICHAEL MCDOWELL (50-1): Could McDowell sneak into Victory Lane and earn a spot in the playoffs like he did last year at Daytona? I think he can. He has the engine that worked with Martin Truex Jr.’s team for the last three seasons setting up his car this week. McDowell finished 3rd a few weeks ago at Sonoma. McDowell is having his best ever season in the Cup Series. I will take a shot with the No. 34 car at 50-1 odds.



* I also like throwing a few bucks down on Chase Briscoe (25-1) and Chris Buescher (35-1). You do not need to wager a lot to get a decent return from these two drivers.


Good luck this week!


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