I got my feelings hurt this Wednesday night!
That makes us 8/18 picking winners and we didn’t go with any top three bets last week because I didn’t see any available but overall top three we have picked a top three driver in 5 of 7 races with about 12 picks total.
We had Blaney and Harvick on Wednesday. They were 1 and 2 and I was feeling pretty good even though Chase Elliott was super fast and making his way through the pack.
NEW LEADER: @chaseelliott takes over the top spot!
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The All-Star Race is very short.
Blaney, for some odd reason. Didn’t pit after the second stage ended.
Everyone else did and it’s not even like he gained any track position. It was the end of the state not a caution.
Very strange occurrence and he wasn’t able to hold the lead for very long.
Eventually, his best friend Chase Elliott pulled alongside him and that’s when Kevin Harvick saw an opportunity to scoot past both of them.
He knew his old tires weren’t going to be able to hold off either Chase or Harvick so he let his best friend get first place and with the clean air and no more cautions, that was a wrap!
Bummed I didn’t pick Elliott. He ran Bristol well until he wrecked into Joey Logano late in this year’s race.
Blaney, Harvick, and Hamlin have just been so hot.
BetOnline.AG has this week’s betting odds and the top 3 bets are back!
Let’s get after it!
Kevin Harvick: -120
Why not to win?
Hey, I might throw him in there too.
Kevin Harvick has dominated NASCAR in 2020 and particularly so post-lockdown.
He has won 2 of the last three races here in Texas and has an average finishing position in his previous 10 starts here of, get this, 3.8!!
Different sport but I can hear Michael Bisbing now: MY WORD!
I know it’s minus money but I was still surprised to see this small of a price on Harvick to snag a top 3.
He is (+350) to win which is the smallest number we have seen for a NASCAR favorite all year.
It never really gets below (+350) in the Cup Series.
This pick is a no-brainer.
Ryan Blaney: +200
Not the (+350) or (+450) we were getting for a Blaney top three a month or so ago but I like the 2 to 1 here.
Aric Almirola has been just as hot over the past month and he is nearly at 6 to 1 for a top three.
Blaney is starting out front, though, and I think that makes a big difference.
He doesn’t have the very best history here but we have to remember that Ryan Blaney didn’t start becoming a real threat in NASCAR’s Cup Series until last season.
This year has been a true breakout season for the Penske Mustang driver and he finished 2nd here to Kevin Harvick the last time we raced in Texas.
Aric Almirola: +550
The #10 Ford Mustang of Aric Almirola has been one of the best machines in the Cup Series for over a month now.
He easily won the first stage of the All Star Open to secure his spot in the following All Star Race where he was able to work his way towards the front and finish inside the top ten.
He only has one top five finish here in Texas, though, in his past 10 starts but that was runner up in the most previous race and a respectable 7th before that.
Give him some love for a top 3.
Martin Truex Jr: +900
We are betting the number here.
Obviously, this looks like it is Kevin Harvick’s race to lose.
He has had a much better year than Truex and mostly everyone in the Cup Series.
Harvick also dominates this track. He is (+350) for a win, though, and the rest of the drivers know that with Kev starting near the front, nobody is going to win if they don’t team up on the old man.
This is where hopefully, Denny gives Truex a nice push or perhaps Erik Jones and Kyle Busch can play some team ball.
All 4 of these Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have solid records at Texas Motor Speedway.
I bet the man has a bit of a chip on his shoulder this time out.
He is starting in 10th but that’s not too bad. Chase, Denny, Kev, Blaney will all start in front of him but I think the Bass Pro Shops #19 Toyota will give himself a chance to win by the end of Sunday.
NASCAR has been our best sport for betting in 2020.
I’m not exactly sure how but the parody has been minimal.
Maybe that is because drivers aren’t getting the chance to practice and the races are so close together, that the garages can’t make all the adjustments they would like to in between races.
For whatever reason, though, we have pretty much stuck with a heavy diet of Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin to win. They have 8 total.
We have also hit several top three bets with Truex a couple of times and several times with Ryan Blaney.
We had the guys there at the end to win on Sunday and Wednesday. Things just didn’t go our way.
We can’t win em all.
I hope Chase Elliott doesn’t spoil our party for the second straight race, though.
He is my favorite driver and I hate rooting against him.
Get your bets in now and enjoy the racing on Sunday, team!