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EchoPark Texas Grand Prix Odds and Picks

Chris Wassel

by Chris Wassel in Racing

May 20, 2021 · 7:41 AM PDT

NASCAR EchoPark Texas Grand Prix odds - Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott drives the number 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Chase Elliott is the favorite this week at the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix Odds on May 23rd, 2021
  • Denny Hamlin keeps looking for his first win in 2021 and is third among all drivers as far as the odds
  • We’ve got you covered with all the odds and trends ahead of Sunday afternoon’s race at Circuit of The Americas

NASCAR heads down to Texas with a Sunday afternoon race after last week’s pit-stop clinic by Alex Bowman at the Drydene 400. Chase Elliott is a +240 favorite to take home the checkered flag in the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix odds. Denny Hamlin (+1000) is an intriguing pick to contend on Sunday given how he has finished on road courses in the past. His odds to finish in the top three are listed at +275. Also, watch for Ryan Blaney at the Texas track.

Let’s take a look at the odds for the NASCAR EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, and figure out which drivers are the best bets.

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NASCAR  EchoPark Texas Grand Prix Odds

Driver Odds to Win at DraftKings Odds to Finish Top Three Odds to Finish Top 10
Chase Elliott +240 -148 -770
Martin Truex Jr. +450 +125 -400
Denny Hamlin +1000 +275 -182
Kyle Busch +1300 +350 -143
Kyle Larson +1400 +375 -134
Ryan Blaney +1600 +450 -122
William Byron +1800 +500 -112
Kevin Harvick +1800 +500 -112
Joey Logano +1800 +500 -112
Christopher Bell +2000 +550 -104
Alex Bowman +2000 +550 -104
Brad Keselowski +2000 +550 -104
Austin Cindric +2200 +600 +105
AJ Almendinger +2800 +700 +125
Kurt Busch +3000 +800 +130
Matt DiBenedetto +6600 +1600 +200
Michael McDowell +6600 +1600 +200
Chase Briscoe +8000 +1800 +245
Cole Custer +8000 +1800 +245

Odds as of May 20th

Chase Elliott Favored to Win at Circuit of The Americas

NASCAR drivers run on the 3.41-mile long road track when the flag drops for the Sunday afternoon race beginning around 2:30 PM EST. Road tracks have been extremely good to Elliott, who has won five times in 13 road races. That includes six top-fives and eight top-ten results. Elliott finished third in last week’s Drydene 400 after Hendrick Motorsports Racing completed a rare 1-2-3-4 sweep.

No one could catch Alex Bowman last week after his daring pit stop. However, road courses are a different animal, and Chase Elliott has known momentum heading into Austin.

He has the ability to lead quite a few laps. Consider that Elliott, in his career, has led 284 of 1212 laps raced on road courses. Whether that be Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Daytona, or Charlotte, the No. 9 knows his way around tracks that just do not go around and to the left.

The Hendrick Motorsports Racing driver has been excellent at staying near the front of the field. Elliott had some misfortune at Daytona, but that changes little as to his dominance and how Hendrick cars have the speed on these tracks.

EchoPark Texas Grand Prix Recent Winners

Year Race Winner Pole Position Most Laps Led
2020 No race data No race data No race data

This is the debut race for the long course that NASCAR is using on the Austin track. The good news is that NASCAR went with the iconic as opposed to the easy way out. The 20-turn course features an uphill section near Turn 1 that expects to test many. There will be some rumble strips err “turtles” and then those pesky S-turns. This expects to feel like a combination of several NASCAR road courses that will put drivers to the ultimate test.

Ryan Blaney Could Be Good At COTA

Sports bettors have zero histories to draw on as this is the debut race held at Austin.  The Team Penske has 13 road races under his belt and won once at Charlotte with several close calls. Blaney may move up again in the NASCAR Cup Series odds, and the No. 12 finished a respectable 12th at Dover last Sunday. However, road courses reveal a little expertise from Blaney via the COTA simulator.

Blaney gets a bad rap because many feel like he lucks into a lot of his good results. Luck is often a residue of design. If anything, Blaney has had his share of bad luck as well. The Ford driver has seven top-ten results in those road races. His ability to drive a road track like Charlotte well (average finish of 4.7) may serve him well at Austin — even with more turns.

Can Denny Hamlin Finally Win His First In 2021?

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver ended up seventh last week at Dover and did lead two laps. He does have the ability to succeed on road courses, and Hamlin has indeed finished quite well for the most part…

Hamlin has only won once in 33 road course races, but that one was a memorable one at Watkins Glen. He finished third the last time NASCAR was there in 2019 and nearly won again too.

Hamlin has 15 top-ten finishes in those NASCAR road races. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has a pretty good chance to win, but taking a top-three result could be a safer wager because of the dominance of drivers like Chase Elliott. Unlike Blaney, Hamlin has some shorter odds to finish in the top three and even shorter to nab a top-ten result (+275/-182). This all comes down to can the No. 11 compete against the speed of Hendrick? A little lady luck may just help Hamlin at Austin on Sunday.

The Picks: Chase Elliott to win (+245);  Denny Hamlin to finish Top Three (+275); Ryan Blaney to finish Top Ten (-112)

Longshot: William Byron (Hendrick MotorSports)

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