- 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.
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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|
|Martin Truex Jr.||+450||+125||-400|
Odds as of May 20th
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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.
Chase Elliott wins on the Charlotte Roval!! That's his 2nd consecutive win at this track, and his fourth consecutive road course victory.
— Sean Sedor (@SASedor2994) October 11, 2020
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.
Ryan Blaney has never been to Circuit of the Americas. From what he can tell on the simulator, he says he believes there will be more than a few passing zones this weekend: pic.twitter.com/qns1vS6iT0
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 18, 2021
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…
Since 2016 at road courses minus the Charlotte Roval which has his number, Denny Hamlin has a 4.7 average finish and he's had a result in the top five in 8 of the 10 races. pic.twitter.com/qDnVra0G1v
— Ryan (@ifantasyrace) May 19, 2021
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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