NASCAR O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Odds, Tips & 6 Drivers to Bet

NASCAR O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Odds, Tips & 6 Drivers to Bet

Higher speeds and drafting will be on display this week in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, the first of two annual NASCAR visits to Texas Motor Speedway.

After last week’s short track race at Martinsville, the 1.5-mile Texas track brings back the full implementation of the new Cup Series rules package for the third time this season.

While it is still too early to completely takeaway much from the small sample size, Team Penske with three wins so far has dominated new rules package or not the year with two others going to drivers from Joe Gibbs Racing.

There’s no reason to believe those powerhouse organizations won’t once again be at the front of the field come Sunday.

For those who enjoy NASCAR betting, here are six drivers to consider backing in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.

  1. Kyle Busch (+300)

    In six races this season, the worst Busch has finished is sixth at Atlanta in the second race of the year. His incredible start to the year continued last week with a third-place Martinsville run.

    Momentum is definitely on Busch’s side and he comes to Texas as the defending race winner. Bet Busch to win at +300 and -134 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse in New Jersey.

  2. Brad Keselowski (+450)

    He scored his second win of 2019 last week at Martinsville in did so in dominating fashion, leading 446 of the day’s 500 laps. Don’t let Keselowski’s recent Texas finishes fool you, which does include just a pair of top-10 finishes in the last four races.

    He will have a car capable of being in front Sunday and just needs to capitalize on opportunities for a third win. Keselowski has led the most laps (500) of any driver over the last 10 Texas races. Bet him to win at +450 and +115 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport in New Jersey.

  3. Kevin Harvick (+600)

    This time a year ago Harvick had a three race-winning streak. But even though he’s winless in 2019, Harvick has regularly been one of the top finishers and is a fixture inside the top 5.

    His last three Texas outings have been outstanding with two victories and a second. Bet Harvick to win at +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with PointsBet in New Jersey.

  4. Joey Logano (+600)

    Throw out last week’s 19th-place Martinsville finish, a race Logano started from the pole and then suffered through mechanical challenges.

    Like his Team Penske teammate Keselowski, he’s one of the strongest drivers in the series right now and has not finished outside the top-10 in Texas over his last six starts. Bet him to win at +600 and +150 to finish 1st-3rd with BetAmerica in New Jersey.

  5. Martin Truex (+800)

    The 2017 series champion is known as a 1.5-mile track king but oddly does not have a Texas win on his resume. Truex Jr. does have finishes inside the top-10 in seven of his last eight starts in the Lone Star State. Bet Truex Jr. to win at +800 and +200 to finish 1st-3rd with 888Sport.

  6. Kurt Busch (+2500)

    A solid long shot comes from Chip Ganassi Racing and the veteran Busch. He has been the top finishing Chevrolet driver virtually all season long and the transition to his new team continues to go very well.

    Busch carries four straight top-10 Texas finishes into Sunday’s race and led 40 laps last November at the track on his way to a seventh-place finish. Bet him to win at +2500 and +600 to finish 1st-3rd with SugarHouse.


2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Betting Tip

The first order of business to keep an eye on at Texas this weekend will be Friday’s qualifying session. NASCAR has tweaked the rules in the aftermath of what turned into a debacle two weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway when none of the twelve drivers in the final round posted an official lap.

Because the draft is so important with the new rules package, no driver wants to be on track alone.

Now if a driver doesn’t post an official qualifying lap, the penalty is to start the race from the rear of the field. Based on previous races at Texas, that could be problematic.

In 36 Cup races at TMS, the furthest back any driver has won from was 31st starting spot. Negotiating through traffic is a difficult proposition.

There have been 31 winners from inside the first 10 starting spots in Texas history. A car and driver capable of qualifying well has a much better chance of winding up in Victory Lane.


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