Keeping it short and sweet with this week’s edition with some new information coming out before Sunday’s racing and definitely not because I took a too-long nap on Friday and was too zonked out to write a thousand words about this weekend’s NASCAR and IndyCar races.
Last week in F1 we rode with Max Verstappen, and well, Valtteri Bottas forgot where his brake pedal was going into turn one at Hungaroring, and that didn’t work out so well. Max had a ton of damage to the car and was lucky to finish where he did.
- Max Verstappen pole position -135: LOSS
- Max Verstappen race winner -115: LOSS
So not great. Down another two units and sitting at 3-7. Nevertheless, we persist.
Congrats to Esteban Ocon for winning his first Formula One Grand Prix, but more importantly, congrats to this guy, who won five grand on a ten dollar bet on Ocon to win the race. Hell of a way to start your Sunday.
We get back on the horse today, an F1-less Sunday but a Sunday that offers both NASCAR and IndyCar. NASCAR’s at Watkins Glen, an iconic road course, and IndyCar is racing on the streets of Nashville for the Music City Grand Prix. Should be a fun day of racing, but we need some results here.
Chase Elliott starts as favorite to win the NASCAR race at +195 courtesy of our friends at Pointsbet but will be starting from the back of the pack because his car failed inspection. Both he and Christopher Bell were singled out for tweaks to the rear-window air deflectors, which effects drag/downforce
Books have taken this into account, and even after the announcement that Elliott would be starting at the back, he remains the favorite to win today.
Kyle Larson at +480 is intriguing especially with road course master Chase Elliott starting from the back. Another solid bet is Larson for top three +125, especially with Larson starting from the fourth spot on the grid. Hell I’ll take em both.
I tend to think Bubba Wallace will have a good race today, he made up good ground at Road America to finish in the 20s, and books offering top 20 picks for today’s race should offer Wallace top 20 around +125. One of my favorite plays on the board for today’s NASCAR race is the head-to-head matchup between Bubba and Ryan Newman, all over Bubba at -110 there.
In today’s IndyCar race following NASCAR on your television, Colton Herta starts on pole after being the quickest in both practice sessions and qualifying. Markets on IndyCar are a bit slimmer, but judging on what I and anyone watching IndyCar practice/qualifying this weekend has seen, Herta has been head and shoulders best around Nashville’s street circuit. Gotta take him at +200 here.
Just about an hour’s time till NASCAR as of this writing. Let’s go road racin’.