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EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Odds, Predictions & Betting Trends

Chris Wassel

by Chris Wassel in Racing

Mar 22, 2023 · 11:10 AM PDT

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Mar 12, 2023; Avondale, Arizona, USA; The car of NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (8) on pit road before the United Rentals Work United 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
  • The NASCAR season comes to Texas for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix set to run on Sunday, March 26th, 2023
  • The contending favorites include Kyle Busch, Joey Logano,  Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Larson
  • Below are the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix betting odds and picks ahead of Sunday afternoon’s race

NASCAR drives out to Austin, Texas, for the sixth race of the 2023 season. Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) is a 3.426-mile road course which features 20 turns in all. The race distance totals 233 miles (68 laps). What chaos may the drivers encounter on Sunday?

This weekend’s race is a week after the Ambetter Health 400 where Joey Logano led the Fords to victory, narrowly edging out Brad Keselowski in the process.

The table below lists the complete slate of NASCAR Cup Series odds for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix (win, podium finish, and top-ten finish). Under the table, find the Ambetter Health 400 predictions and best bets for this weekend’s NASCAR action.

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Odds

Driver Odds to Win Podium Finish Odds  Top Five Odds
Kyle Larson +650 +190 -110
Ross Chastain +800 +230 +100
Kyle Busch +800 +230 +100
Tyler Reddick +900 +260 +110
William Byron +1200 +350 +180
A,J. Allmendinger +1200 +350 +180
Daniel Suarez +1500 +450 +225
Christopher Bell +1500 +450 +225
Austin Cindric +1500 +450 +225
Ryan Blaney +1800 +500 +280
Alex Bowman +1800 +500 +280
Joey Logano +2500 +700 +370
Denny Hamlin +2500 +700 +370
Chase Briscoe +2500 +700 +370
Michael McDowell +3000 +900 +425
Martin Truex Jr. +3000 +900 +425
Kevin Harvick +3000 +900 +425
Chris Buescher +3000 +900 +425
Brad Keselowski +3000 +900 +425
Jordan Taylor +4000 +1200 +500
Ty Gibbs +5000 +1500 +650

Kyle Larson enters this race as a +650 favorite to win, followed by Kyle Busch (+800), and Ross Chasten also at +800.  This track was where Chevy, particularly Hendrick asserted some dominance. However, after Chase Elliott won in 2021, Ross Chastain bumped and grinded his way to a win last year as he held off Alex Bowman and Christopher Bell. Elliott finished a distant fourth.

NASCAR drivers run those race cars on the 3.426-mile, 15-17-36 stage lap setup when the flag drops for the Sunday afternoon race beginning just after 3:30 pm ET on FOX.



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Odds as of March 21st at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Should Kyle Larson Be a Favorite Sunday?

Honestly, the Hendrick Motorsports Racing driver is a favorite across the board for the Sunday race in Texas. Bluntly, that confounds a lot of people – pundits and fans alike. Larson ran well in 2021 finishing second and was in decent shape last year when his day was cut short (fifth after Stage 1). However, he was far from the fastest Chevy on the track, nevermind overall.

So, the Caesars Sportsbook odds strayed very slightly but nothing out of the ordinary. Watch some of the longer shots as Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin are at +3000 for this race. Truex Jr. and Hamlin could finish at or close to the top five. With the right breaks, a podium or win is even possible.

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Recent Winners

Year Race Winner Pole Position Most Laps Led
2022 Ross Chastain– Trackhouse Racing Team Ryan Blaney – Team Penske Ross Chastain– Trackhouse Racing Team
2021 Chase Elliott– Hendrick Motorsports Racing Tyler Reddick – Richard Childress Racing Joey Logano – Team Penske

Can Ford Finally Top Chevy At COTA

With what has happened at Hendrick, it will be intriguing to see what happens with appeals and crew chiefs this weekend. A decision may or may not come down in short order However,  NASCAR Cup Series odds shifted to a tie between Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch. That is not a surprise. However, the real question is can a Ford beat a Chevy on the road course? Some believe with drivers like Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano that this is a real possibility.

Finding reliable correlation for Circuit Of The Americas is tough. Only two races have been run on this track and one was in the rain. Now, Sonoma and Watkins Glen are similar in some ways but not as primary as one would expect. Remember, this is a track designed for Formula One racing.

Qualifying this week gets complemented by an hour-long practice. That finally should give us a little data on what may occur Sunday.

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Predictions & Picks

Yes, Partly Sunny conditions are likely this weekend with temperatures around 80 and little chance of rain.

Qualifying well can help but this year there are no stage breaks which figure to aid front-running drivers even more. Watch for drivers like Michael McDowell to sneak into the Top Five. A.J. Allmendinger is no surprise but he may fade late based on testing.

Again, watch out for longer shots and drivers who could potentially move up late. That often happens on a track like this when late cautions come out (like last year).

Order of finish seems to dictate Chevy-Blaney/Logano-Toyota-Ford. Will that pan out Sunday on the road course? There seems to be a possibility of this occurring pretty close to form.

Here are our best bets:

  • Top Pick: Kyle Busch to Win (+800)
  • Other Contenders: Ryan Blaney (+1800), William Byron (+1200), Ross Chastain (+800)
  • Longshots:  Joey Logano (+2500), Brad Keselowski (+3000), Martin Truex Jr. (+3000)


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