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In 2021, the NASCAR Cup Series raced at Nashville Superspeedway for the first time. Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson won the inaugural event on the way to the series championship.
In 2022, NASCAR introduced the Next Gen race car into the Cup Series, which raced at Nashville Superspeedway for the second time. Hendrick driver Chase Elliott was the winner.
Hence, it’s no surprise that Larson is favored to win Sunday’s Ally 400. The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet has shown consistent speed of late (though without the consistent results to prove it).
Elliott, on the other hand, is desperate for a victory in his run to make the Playoffs. The driver of the No. 9 Camaro has missed seven races this season—six because of injury and one because of a suspension. His surest path to the postseason lies in winning a race.
We don’t think either Larson (+550 via DraftKings Sportsbook) or Elliott (+900) will win the race, but we do like Elliott to beat Martin Truex Jr. head-to-head at +110 (DraftKings). Truex has been quick lately, but he finished 22nd in the 2021 and 2022 Nashville races.
In last year’s Nashville race—using the Next Gen car for the first time at the track—Ryan Blaney qualified sixth and finished third.
In his last seven NASCAR Cup Series races this season, Blaney has three podium finishes to credit, including a victory in the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.
Based on last year’s performance at Nashville and the speed he has shown recently, we think Blaney can match the top-three result he achieved in 2022.
Hence, we’re recommending a bet on Blaney to run third or better in Sunday’s Ally 400 for a +250 payoff via DraftKings.
You know the old joke. At Darlington in May, Ross Chastain hit everything but the pace car, arousing the ire of fellow competitors who got in his way.
Chastain’s misadventures at the Lady in Black led to a heart-to-heart talk with team owner Justin Marks, and since Darlington, Chastain has been racing on eggshells.
It’s time for Chastain to lose the self-imposed restraints and return to the aggressive style that carried him to a pair of 2022 victories and a runner-up finish in the Cup Series standings.
We think that will happen on Sunday. After all, Nashville is home base for Marks’ Trackhouse Racing team, and it’s the perfect locale for Chastain to win for the first time this year.
He’s offered at +1100 via DraftKings, and if he ruffles a few feathers, so what?
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