Best Bets for Watkins Glen


The Cup Series will travel to Watkins Glen this week for another road course race. This will be the fifth road course race for the Cup Series. The Best Bets won with Michael McDowell last week at 28-1 odds. Will we get another long-shot in Victory Lane Sunday? The race last week was a battle between the “bubble drivers.” I expect the drivers who are fighting for a playoff spot to run up front Sunday. I will be betting many of these drivers at Watkins Glen.



* 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. at 4-1 odds, you will win $4.



CHASE ELLIOTT (4-1): Elliott has not won a road course race in the Gen-7 car, but he has been knocking on Victory Lane’s door. He finished second last week at Indianapolis and now he gets to compete at his best road course track. Elliott won this race in 2018 and 2019. He finished second in 2021 and Elliott should have won last year but Kyle Larson pushed him off the track. Elliott has won two poles in his last four races at Watkins Glen; averaged 40 laps led per race and have an average finishing position of second. I usually do not do this, but I am all in with Elliott this week. I will bet half of my bank roll on the No. 9 car.

* There is no reason to bet Chase Elliott right now. I will wait to see how he looks in practice and qualifying before I place my bet. His odds will not dip lower than 4-1 if he posts the fastest laps in practice and wins the pole. I will be the $50 on Elliott if he looks good in practice. I will scale down my bet if he only looks “OK” and add another driver to my betting card.


MICHAEL MCDOWELL (10-1): We saw Chris Buescher win back-to-back race last month. Can McDowell do the same? I will bet that he can. McDowell was awesome last week at the Brickyard. That should not surprise anyone. He has the best average finish on the road courses this year. McDowell finished sixth at Watkins Glen last year. He should have a good chance to win Sunday.


DANIEL SUAREZ (11-1): Suarez is another driver fighting for a playoff spot. He nearly got to Victory Lane last week. I will bet that “My Amigo” can get the job done Sunday. Suarez finished fifth in this race last year, so he knows how to turn fast laps at Watkins Glen. He won the race at Sonoma last year, so he proved he can win a Cup Series race at a road course. Suarez said he learned a lot from his teammate (Shane Van Gisbergen). That knowledge should help Suarez run up front at Watkins Glen.


TY GIBBS (25-1): Gibbs has become a good road course racer. He won the Xfinity Series race last week at the Brickyard. Gibbs is currently needs a win to make the playoffs. Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Christopher Bell are looked into the playoffs. Joe Gibbs Racing will give Gibbs the best road course car they have in their garage this week. We won with Michael McDowell at odds like this last week. I will see if I can do it again with Gibbs.  

Good luck Sunday!

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