The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Playoffs are now beginning the second round of races in the chase for the Championship.
We began round 1 with 16 drivers and after three definitely difficult tracks-Darlington, Bristol, and Richmond, we dropped 4 drivers, and the field of 12 remains.
We are picking up speed for the next three races that will make up the second round of the playoffs-Las Vegas, Talladega, and Charlotte.
Three #NASCARPlayoffs races in Viva Las Vegas.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 23, 2020
Well, not too much speed by the time we get to the Queen City because the Charlotte race is at the Roval Road Course.
Last week, we were unable to win on any of our plays.
That hasn’t happened to us very much this season but when you’re betting on lines that are 4,6,8 to 1 then it’s pretty darn difficult to have only profitable weeks.
He had a pretty good battle with long-time rival Kevin Harvick but the #4 Ford did what he has done all year.
That is the 9th win on the season for Kevin Harvick while Kyle Busch’s total continues to sit at zero even though he has 12 top five finishes this year.
More and more people continue to speculate what could be going on with the Vegas native and NASCAR legend.
Yea, I said legend. Check the stats.
I’m hearing that it is the car but I don’t know.
He isn’t a bad driver to pick in a matchup but he is going to have to get to victory lane at least once more before I ever give him my money on a winner bet.
Last week, though, he came up short and only managed to place 11th.
Smaller tracks like Richmond and Bristol aren’t Joey’s especially, though.
Las Vegas, though…
Joey won here in February.
We picked him, actually.
Logano also took the checkered in March of 2019.
BetOnline.AG has the betting odds for this race so let’s pick some drivers to potentially win and place.
Brad Keselowski: +200
Bad Brad is my sleeper to win the Cup this year!
He isn’t too tired, though, because only Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin are more heavily favored.
He is 6 to 1 to win the Cup Series Championship for 2020.
I’m not sure about that just yet but we have him in a great spot this weekend in Las Vegas at the South Point 400.
The South Point is a fun place. I used to live right down the street and our coach would have us run the stairs of the entire hotel two or three times depending on how much hotter it was above 100 degrees F.
Brad is 6 to 1 to win the race but I’m not sweating that.
That isn’t much for a top three. As I mentioned a moment ago, we got Joey Logano at Darlington for 5 to 1.
Get this, though.
In the last 10 races in Las Vegas, Brad Keselowski has an average finishing position of 3.6.
That number blows my wittle mind.
He is 10/10 in top tens, 7 top fives, and 3 wins over that stretch.
That is, not surprisingly, best of any active driver.
His teammate isn’t far behind, though.
Joey Logano: +200
Same team and same story here, really.
Joey has been better over the past 6 weeks than he has been all year.
I mentioned in the opener that he won in Las Vegas in February.
Both Brad and Joey are pretty safe ranked 3 and 4 in the playoff standings but I expect nothing but excellent urine and mountain lions in the backseat for both drivers.
This track and race, in particular, comes down to about 4 or 5 drivers-Kes, Logano, Truex, Harvick, and Chase.
I am going with Team Penske here.
If we had better odds, I might pick a third driver for a top three but we can’t.
Martin Truex Jr: +550
Martin Truex Jr historically has performed very well here in Las Vegas.
Only the previous two mentioned drivers have a better record here over the last 10 races but it’s not by much.
Martin won this race last year.
That’s a good start for us.
He is third in laps led and third in average finishing position over his past 10 starts here.
Starting on July 3rd of this year, Marty racked up 6 consecutive top 3 finishes.
He didn’t race that well at Richmond or Bristol but those places are enigmas and he loves Vegas.
A top three bet might be your play here.
You can get him at (+160).
That’s why I went with the win but look at his performances over the past several Fall races here in the desert.
It has only been two, granted, but 1st last year and 3rd the year prior is pretty solid.
I still hope Joey and Brad help each other get inside that top three but Marty is my play to win.
I know there is just so much going on right now in the world of sports that it’s pretty easy to forget about the NASCAR Playoffs as long as you’re not a total motorhead.
I can’t forget about them. I might have a hard time watching the entire race on Sunday with everything else going on plus fantastic weather outside but I will make enough time to place my bets, though.
I promise you that much.
The Team Penske Mustangs have been outstanding over the past 6-8 weeks and no other drivers in the field run this track better than Joey Lo and Bad Brad.
Martin Truex is up there, though, with Kevin Harvick who is never a bad bet. His odds have just gone to poopytown.
Get your plays in now from this article and let’s make some more money!