Best Bets to Make at the NASCAR Race on Indianapolis Road Course
Last week gave everyone a tutorial on how sportsbooks handle disqualifications. Denny Hamlin was victorious at Pocono and Joe Gibbs teammate Kyle Busch finished second, but both cars were disqualified for failing post-race inspection.
We picked Hamlin in the Pocono preview to win, and luckily, the majority of sportsbooks graded it out as a winner. Whoever said cheaters never prosper obviously never held a NASCAR outright winning ticket.
The NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Indianapolis for its fourth road race of the season.
Chase Elliott is the favorite at +400 on DraftKings Sportsbook and is seeking his first road course win of the year.
Entering 2022, Elliott had won seven of the first 15 road races of his Cup Series career and has been strong at these tracks this season, finishing fourth at Circuit of the Americas, eighth at Sonoma and led 36 of 62 laps at Road America before taking second.
Given his form, it’s no surprise Elliott’s odds are the lowest this year for a Cup Series favorite. He’s due, and it could be this week.
But I’ll be looking a little further down the board to back the best road racing team this season: TrackHouse Racing.
Ross Chastain Top 5 –115; Daniel Suarez Top 5 +160 at DraftKings
TrackHouse Racing has been one of the surprises this year, with the two-car team emerging as legitimate contenders with Ross Chastain with two wins and second in the points standings, while Daniel Suarez has one win and is 12th in the current standings.
Both Chastain and Suarez have won at road races this season with Chastain winning at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and Suarez taking first at Sonoma. Both drivers also finished in the top five at Road America with Chastain fourth and Suarez finishing fifth.
At each of the road races, Chastain and Suarez have been among the fastest in average green flag speed. Chastain had the highest average speed at COTA, while Suarez was sixth. Suarez was second at Sonoma and Chastain was eighth.
At Road America, Chastain was fourth and Suarez was seventh.
These two have run at the top all season at road races, and I’d expect that to continue this weekend. At DraftKings, Chastain is +700 to win and Suarez is +1300.
Given their form at road races this season, outright wagers on both drivers are worth a play.
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