NASCAR at Texas 2018: Odds, fantasy recommendation, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch

Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick (Getty Photographs)

After a weekend off for Easter, NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway Sunday for the seventh race of the Cup Collection season. 

Sunday’s 334-lap O’Reilly Auto Elements 500 will mark the third time Cup automobiles have raced on the 1.5-mile monitor because it underwent its second re-pave. The monitor additionally added a drainage system on the frontstretch and backstretch and re-profiled Turns 1 and a couple of (banking decreased from 24 to 20 levels, racing floor expanded from 60 to eighty ft broad).

Earlier than the repave, the monitor was most comparable to Kentucky and Las Vegas however as Kevin Harvick stated this week, “Texas has grow to be a really distinctive racetrack.” 

Jimmie Johnson hopes the brand new modifications can flip round his season, which to date consists of only one prime-10 end and 0 laps led. Oddsmakers have pale Johnson regardless of his seven championships as he enters the weekend at 20/1.

Johnson and Harvick are the 2 drivers to win because the repave at Texas and the latter is our decide to win Sunday. Harvick gained the earlier two 1.5-mile tracks this season and has finishes of first and fourth because the repave at Texas. 

Ought to Harvick win Sunday’s race, he would turn into solely the fourth driver in NASCAR’s trendy period to earn 4 trophies inside the first seven races of the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection season.

What are the betting odds for NASCAR at Texas?

Kevin Harvick three/1
Martin Truex Jr. four/1
Kyle Busch four/1
Kyle Larson  7/1
Brad Keselowski eight/1
Joey Logano 12/1
Chase Elliott 15/1
Denny Hamlin 15/1
Ryan Blaney 15/1
Jimmie Johnson 20/1
Erik Jones 20/1
Clint Bowyer 30/1
Kurt Busch forty/1
Aric Almirola 50/1
Austin Dillon one hundred/1
Paul Menard one hundred/1
Ryan Newman one hundred/1
Daniel Suarez one hundred/1
Alex Bowman one hundred/1
Jamie McMurray one hundred/1
William Byron one hundred/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 200/1
Kasey Kahne 500/1
Darrell Wallace Jr. 500/1
Trevor Bayne 500/1
Chris Buescher 500/1
AJ Allmendinger one thousand/1
Ty Dillon 2000/1
Michael McDowell 2000/1
Subject (all others) one thousand/1

Odds by way of Westgate

Which drivers are greatest for fantasy NASCAR at Texas?

Group Penske — Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski — have raced nicely to start the season however are nonetheless with no first win. They every have an honest shot to win Sunday. Logano’s executed it earlier than, Keselowski has 5 prime-fives and a Busch Pole Awards at Texas, and Blaney led a race-excessive 148 laps on this race final season en route to a twelfth-place end. 

Kyle Busch has loads of expertise at Texas with fifty six-profession begins throughout all three of NASCAR’s nationwide collection with a mixed thirteen wins. Busch has earned 4 consecutive Cup prime-5 finishes this season as he heads to Texas, the place he has two-profession Cup victories and is in search of his first win of 2018. 

Busch’s teammate Erik Jones swept the 2 Xfinity Collection races at Texas final season. With 4 victories throughout the Xfinity (three wins) and Truck Collection (one), 25 % of Jones’ profession wins have are available Texas. As well as to his pair of Xfinity Collection wins final yr, Jones additionally tallied considered one of his 14 prime-10 Cup finishes throughout his rookie season at the Texas monitor.

Wanting to save wage? Draft Chris Buescher, AJ Allmendinger, Ty Dillon, or Trevor Bayne.

Jamie McMurray leads the collection amongst lively drivers with probably the most Cup Collection begins at Texas with out visiting victory lane at 28. With a mean end of 23.three this season, the No. 1 automotive is one to keep away from Sunday.