Best Bets for This Week's NASCAR Race at Road America

Best Bets for This Week's NASCAR Race at Road America
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Kyle Busch was dominant at times last week at Nashville, nearly securing the second outright win of the season.  

But despite leading more than half of the final 100 laps, an unlucky strategy decision and an accident in front of him on the ensuing restart forced him into a 21st-place finish. 

Busch was the highest-positioned car to pit for tires in hopes of running through the field to challenge race winner Chase Elliott for the lead, but starting from 11th, he fell back through the field. The top three finishing drivers, including Elliott, stayed out as their gamble paid off.  

Now the Cup Series returns to Road America for the third road race of the season. The Cup Series made its return to the track last season for the first time in 56 years. Sunday’s 250-mile race is set for 62 laps. This will mark the second road race in three race weekends after the Cup Series recently visited Sonoma before last week’s race in Nashville.  

Let's look at your best options for your NASCAR betting this week.

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Best Bet 

Either Daniel Suarez +1500 DraftKings Sportsbook or Ross Chastain +850 at FanDuel Sportsbook 

Take your typical racing unit and split it in half on both Suarez and Chastain this weekend. If there is any takeaway from the two road races at Circuit of the Americas and Sonoma, it is that TrackHouse Racing has some of the fastest cars.  

Chastain was victorious at COTA, bumping his way to a win over Alex Bowman and A.J. Allmendinger for one of the more dramatic finishes of the season. The COTA winner displayed pace once again at Sonoma, starting seventh and finishing seventh for two strong showings at each of the road races so far. 

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Suarez earned his first Cup Series win at Sonoma, giving TrackHouse Racing a road race sweep so far for the team. Suarez led 47 of the 110 laps for a dominant showing and had the second-fastest average green flag speed.  

At COTA, he had a similar pace. Suarez qualified second and had the sixth-fastest green flag speed, while Chastain was first. But Suarez pit under the first stage caution which sent him back in the middle of the field where he would end up spinning out and not really contend again, despite having one of the faster cars.  

Last year at Road America, both drivers were just OK. Chastain started eighth and finished eighth while he still drove for Chip Ganassi, and Suarez started 11th but had mechanical issues that relegated him to a 36th-place finish. But both drivers have already displayed the speed and maneuverability at road races this season to give them a higher win equity than others in the field.   

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