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EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Predictions: Reddick Looks to Continue Road Course Roll

Written by: Reid Spencer
Updated March 22, 2024
8 min read
  • It’s too early to predict a victory for former road course king Chase Elliott.

  • Why isn’t Michael McDowell more prominent in the mix at the Texas track?

  • Tyler Reddick doesn’t seem ready to give up his road course racing crown.

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Betting Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook. Click odds in the table below and claim $150 in bonus bets when wagering at least $5 at DraftKings.

Driver Odds
Tyler Reddick +450
Chase Elliott +750
Shane van Gisbergen +900
William Byron +1000
Christopher Bell +1000
Ty Gibbs +1100
Ross Chastain +1200
Kyle Larson +1200
Martin Truex Jr. +1300
AJ Allmendinger +1500
Kyle Busch +1500

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What Has Chase Elliott Done Recently to Deserve Short Odds?

The surprise of the opening lines on Sunday’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas road course was Chase Elliott as the second favorite at +750 via DraftKings Sportsbook.

It’s true that seven of Elliott’s 18 NASCAR Cup Series victories have come on road courses, but his last win on a road circuit came at Road America in 2021.

Elliott hasn’t won on a road course since NASCAR introduced its Gen 7 race car in 2022. And Elliott went winless last year in a season marred by an injury that sidelined him for six races and a suspension that cost him another start.

So far this year, Elliott No. 9 Chevrolet appears to have improved speed, but he still hasn’t raced up to the standards of teammates William Byron and Kyle Larson.

Accordingly, we recommend steering clear of Elliott this week—even though he did win the inaugural race in Austin three years ago.

Oddsmakers Seem to Have Forgotten About Michael McDowell

It hasn’t been that long since Front Row Motorsports driver Michael McDowell won a NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Grand Prix Course. In fact, it was last year.

McDowell is an adept road racer, having honed his skills as an instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving before joining the NASCAR ranks.

This year, Front Row is benefiting from a technical alliance with Team Penske, and McDowell has been fast on ovals, having qualified on the front row at Daytona and Atlanta and in the top 10 at Phoenix and Bristol.

He’s undervalued at +1700 to win via DraftKings, and we think he’s a good bet to finish third or better on Sunday at +450 via DraftKings.

Speaking of undervalued assets, how about Chris Buescher, who finished in the top 10 in five of six road course races last year (and 11th in the other). We like Buescher to run top three at +650 and top five at +300, both via DraftKings.

Tyler Reddick Is Road Course King Until Someone Else Takes the Crown

The advent of the Gen 7 NASCAR Cup Series race car brought a successor to Chase Elliott as the preeminent road course racer—Tyler Reddick.

In 2022, driving for Richard Childress Racing, Reddick won at Road America and the Indianapolis Grand Prix Course.

Last season, after moving to 23XI Racing, Reddick drove a Toyota to victory at Circuit of the Americas, making him the only driver to win three road course races in the Gen 7 era.

We see no reason to go against the defending race winner on Sunday and recommend a bet on Reddick to win at +450 via DraftKings Sportsbook.

How to Watch the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

  • What: EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix NASCAR Cup Series Race

  • Where: Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas)

  • When: Sunday, March 24, 3:30 p.m. ET

  • How to Watch: FOX

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Award-winning motorsports writer Reid Spencer has served as lead writer for the NASCAR Wire Service for 16 years, having also spent a four-year stint as NASCAR columnist and beat writer for Sporting News. He is currently serving as president of the National Motorsports Press Association. Email: [email protected]

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