August 12, 2022

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Chase Elliott returns to the road drawing board this week as he drives a five-race winless drought on the track guy in the Kwik Trip 250. And the NASCAR Betting The public predicts that Elliott and his Hendrick Motorsports team will assemble a Next Gen masterpiece at Road America.

Elliott is the defending champion at the 4.048-mile Wisconsin track, but that win in the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America in 65 years is “out the window,” as is his dominance on road courses elsewhere. during the last years. .

“(We) relearn like everyone else,” Elliott said on NASCAR. Twitter spaces this week, referring to the Next Gen transition. “We found a good package with the other car in 2016 or 2017 and started tweaking from there. And it took us a long time to get to where we were really happy and loving things and were really capable. to extract what we needed from the car.

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Despite the drought – although, as Elliott noted, he “hasn’t been bad” on the road courses since his last win, posting three top-five finishes – Elliott is a rare betting favorite to be a overwhelming crowd favourite.

On Wednesday, the 26-year-old former Cup Series champion sits atop the race winner odds at +450, well ahead of Kyle Larson (+700), Ross Chastain (+800) and others . Elliott also dominates the handle share at BetMGM; he has 23.9% of the handle on just 6.5% of the tickets. If that share holds until the green flag on Sunday, it would be the highest for a favorite this year.

Elliott is also a strong favorite over Martin Truex Jr. in featured match betting. Here are this weekend’s four games at Road America:

Tied with AJ Allmendinger and Denny Hamlin for fifth-best win odds at +1200, Martin Truex Jr. is also looking to return to dominance on the road courses. From late 2018 to mid-2019, he won two of four road races, including back-to-back victories at Sonoma Raceway. But he’s been winless since and hasn’t finished in the top three in his last four road starts.

And the public doesn’t like that his drought ends on Sunday; with a win share of just 1.4%, he is the least popular pick among the seven drivers with odds of +1200 or better.

Kyle Busch is one of only two drivers whose odds of winning have improved since the market opened Monday morning. The jump – from +1200 to +1000 – comes as the public hits the reigning Henry 180 champion with almost 15% from the grip.

“I would say the two road events so far this year weren’t our highlight,” Busch said. said struggles for Joe Gibbs Racing drivers. “Why did we miss it?” I do not know. If I could answer that, we wouldn’t be in trouble, we wouldn’t have been bad.

His teammate Christopher Bell competed in the EchoPark Grand Prix of Texas but struggled in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 and sits next to every other Toyota driver without an average top-10 position on road courses this year. . However, it won at Road America (CTECH Manufacturing 180) in the Xfinity Series three years ago.

In his first match appearance of the season, Ty Dillon is a massive underdog with growing odds. After opening to +260 against Chase Briscoe, whom he has edged in two of the last five road races in which the two drivers have started, Dillon is up to +280.

Briscoe is the other driver whose chances have jumped since opening; it went from +3300 to +2500 while the public won it with 6.5% of the tickets (for 4.4% of the round). Only Allmendinger, Busch and Kyle Larson have a bigger ticket share.

Also making his featured debut, Corey LaJoie is a big dog for Alex Bowman as he looks to hit road courses for the first time in his Cup Series career.

Their featured match comes a week after a dust – and sarcastic post-race praise from Bowman for LaJoie – in the Ally 400 that ended Bowman’s day early.

You can see updated Kwik Trip 250 odds and more NASCAR odds at BetMGM online sports betting.