Race 29 of the season at Bristol eliminated four racers from the NASCAR playoff chase. Naturally, NASCAR heads out to Fort Worth, Texas, for the Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500. As the first race of the second segment of the playoff chase approaches, the positioning for the “Round of 8” begins. Can NASCAR Texas bets pick Ross Chastain correctly, or will someone else crash the watermelon?
Below are the top 16 drivers plus Bubba Wallace in our NASCAR online betting odds for Sunday afternoon’s race in Fort Worth at Texas Motor Speedway This 1.5-mile track is intriguing as we go NASCAR Texas Bets by the numbers. It would appear that Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, and a few others could be in the mix for this hot race.
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Looking back at Bristol reveals the carnage of what occurred last week. Four drivers were eliminated from the “NASCAR Playoff Chase.” Kyle Busch was probably the biggest surprise. He had been running well and was contending to potentially win the event again when disaster struck. Busch’s engine blew for the second time in three playoff races. As a result, the younger Busch will just be racing for a price until he moves to RCR next season.
Bristol is a short track with some unusual and usual brushes with the wall. With high-bank turns and a 0.533-mile track, the cramped spaces often lead to just more hanging and banging. More DNFs than usual seem to happen, and the final race of the first segment lived up to the billing. Now, Chris Buescher could survive the carnage and guide his Ford to victory lane ahead of three Hendrick cars (Elliott, Byron, and Larson) with Christopher Bell.
According to most racers, the Next-Gen car levels the playing field a bit too much as the competition heats up further. There was quite a bit of excitement. Unfortunately, Tyler Reddick, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon.
Here at VegasBetting, we suggest remembering the race within the race. Also, the playoff numbers reset. Chase Elliott and Joey Logano lead the way. However, for a good reason, Denny Hamlin is still a NASCAR Texas Bets Favorite but not a top pick due to his 13.8 average finish despite one win in his last five races.
Last week was a very good week for Hendrick Motorsports and Chevy. The Hendricks did everything but win. Why? As good as they were, none of the trio of drivers could find their way past Chris Buescher. Give Buscher credit as he held off Elliott, Byron, and Larson. That’s not easy to do. Now, why Ross Chastain could win at Texas Motor Speedway is simple.
Again, if a playoff racer wins any race in that segment, they automatically advance to the next round. For example, if Ross Chastain won on Sunday afternoon, and the TrackHouse Racing driver would move on to the “Round Of 8”. Ross Chastain has a chance at winning the Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500 as Chastain had been running well at Texas until an accident derailed his day in May.
Again, let us add a little more drama here. Chastain arguably can excel in all three races in this segment. There is potential; he might win one or even two. Chastain and especially Daniel Suarez have been good at Texas. The Chevy’s expect to be in a good position Sunday.
The one unexpected aspect of the playoff chase so far is that Chevy’s have run very well in races when it counts. No one has challenged err retaliated against the No. 1 driver, who is third in the standings currently. With all this said, the NASCAR Texas Bets takes Ross Chastain to cause a watermelon to take a drop.
Again, we have more on Texas Motor Speedway this Sunday. The weather could change, but dry conditions and clear skies are likely with fiery hot temperatures. This could be a wild one (1.5 miles with high bank turns of 20 and 24 degrees) as temperatures could approach 100 degrees. Also, there is a slight correlation between Kansas and Texas. The last true heat wave will make tires and engines more of an issue than normal.
Do note there will be a wind change, but that will be too late for the race. Now, one racer that could be considered among the Hendricks is Chevy driver Kyle Larson. Larson swept the All-Star Race and the Fall race too. The No. 5 has won five times in 29 races on intermediate tracks the past three seasons and led 19.5% of the laps.
Christopher Bell may be one to eye up here. Bell has two top-five results in his last three races. He has come very close to winning twice. That is hard to do in Texas. Bell runs well and might outpace Denny Hamlin as the best Toyota. Bell is a driver to take a NASCAR Texas Bets on.
What about more long shots? With the hot track, Kevin Harvick has a chance to win here. With 19 different winners this year, anything is possible. Even Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon are within the realm of possibility. Both finished in the top five at the All-Star Race in May and have good Next-Gen cars for this setup.
Take Ross Chastain to fend off Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell to win. That is our NASCAR Texas Bets.
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