Hello yet again race fans and gambling fans. Sunday offers a tasty IndyCar-NASCAR double feature for the afternoon, and we have picks! IndyCar leads us off at noon central time, so we’ll start with the Grand Prix of Alabama from Barber Motorsports Park.
Barber is a very technical road course situated in the hills of Alabama, with many track elevation changes, blind turns, and even spiders. The notorious giant spider of the infield is one of over forty sculptures throughout the park.
What makes IndyCar one of the most interesting motorsports competitions in the world is the parity, on any driver’s day, they could possibly top the times, and Rinus Veekay did exactly that to come out with pole in qualifying. That pole could prove very valuable, with scattered rain in the area of the circuit and the possibility of a wet track for the race.
Veekay was confident in his car during qualifying, even telling his team over radio “last time I was this quick, I won the race” . The race he was referring to is the Indy Road Course race from last May, where Veekay made the most of pit strategy, stretching his fuel to the very limit. Rinus passed Romain Grosjean mid-race and held off the former F1 driver for his first IndyCar race win.
Rinus Veekay is a favorite to win the race for the first time in his IndyCar career, at +400, but I tend to look a little further for my IndyCar outright race winners. Josef Newgarden at +800 is also an interesting pick, he’ll be starting in P7 as the first driver on the primary harder tire, which puts him on a different pit strategy to potentially make something of this race.
Romain Grosjean, who’s been around the top of the charts all weekend but didn’t factor in the Firestone Fast Six for pole position yesterday, could use his prowess on the road circuits to climb through the field. Grosjean for a podium is +275 and I wouldn’t hold it against the Andretti driver who’s had ample testing time at Barber.
Few other Barber bets:
Chevrolet winning manufacturer -130
Scott Dixon head to head over Alexander Rossi -110
Josef Newgarden head to head over Scott McLaughlin -115
NASCAR today returns to the concrete banks of Dover for 400 laps around the Monster Mile. The question on many teams and fans’ minds is how much the new car will change racing at the track that has had some less than stellar races in the past.
Well the first sign of change is very apparent: gone is the Hendrick dominance of qualifying. Chris Buescher starts out front, with Denny Hamlin, who needed a positive result, alongside him starting in 2nd on the front row. Denny at +1100 outright isn’t too bad a number for the man starting with clean air in front of him.
I’m keeping this a bit short but you can’t not like Ross Chastain this weekend. The Trackhouse #1 will be decked out in a special Pitbull scheme, promoting the singer and Trackhouse owner’s new single.
With this, I am obligated to bet Ross Chastain head to head over Tyler Reddick -135, and we’ll take a longer shot at Ross Chastain top 5 +175. Dale!
It’s only a short time until race time, so without further ado, let’s go racin.
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