After Joey Logano captured his first win of the NASCAR Cup Series season last weekend in Atlanta, we now look ahead to the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at the Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas. There are a plethora of drivers expected to be in contention here, with Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson leading the odds board at +650. Also within the top five are Ross Chastain (+800), Tyler Reddick (+1000), and A.J. Allmendinger (+1200). This is a rather new race and Sunday will be just the third edition. Past winners include Chastain and Chase Elliott, who is currently sidelined due to injury. Read on for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix picks.
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EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Odds
This race is a bit different for NASCAR drivers because it's not the typical superspeedway or tri-oval track. In fact, the US Grand Prix also takes place here. That's likely why the odds are so all over the place because truly no one knows who is going to win, especially with Elliott out, who is the best road driver. The stages will go as follow: 15-17-36.
Chastain (+800) is the one we need to begin with because of his success at COTA last year, winning it all. He's also done well on other road tracks in the past. In 2022, Chastain finished fourth at Road America, seventh in Sonoma, and was in line for second at Indy before a penalty. Watkins Glen resulted in a 21st-place finish, though. Regardless, he should be considered a contender.
Busch (+650) doesn't exactly have a great track record on road courses. In this race last season, he was 28th and 10th the year prior. That being said, the car he is driving Sunday is one that tends to have success on road tracks, winning twice in 22'. I mean, there is a reason he's one of the favorites, right?
Allmendinger (+1200) doesn't typically find himself this high in the sportsbooks. However, it's impossible to ignore what he's done on road tracks in the past. In his career, Allmendinger has won 17 races in the Cup Series and Xfinity Series combined. 12 of those victories have come on this type of course. In the 2022 edition of this race, he was in the top three in the last lap, won Indianapolis in 2021, and secured a runner-up berth at Watkins Glen. Expect Allmendinger to roll in with lots of confidence. This is his bread and butter.
Austin Cindric (+1600) is a road racer. Just like Allmendinger, it's his forte. Need proof? Just look at his finishes on road tracks last season. We're talking four top-10 finishes in the six races, including a second-place showing at Indianapolis. Definitely worth a bet here.
Larson (+650) was 28th at COTA a year ago. However, he finished second in 2021, hence his odds here. Larson's other road results were a mixed bag in 22' though, featuring a couple of top-10 finishes but then also some absolute stinkers. It's hard to know what Larson we'll get come Sunday.
EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Picks
I really like Allmendinger's career track record on road courses. He always shows up when it comes to these types of races. It's been a while since he's secured a first-place finish, too. Allmendinger is due.
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