Sunday’s Cup Sequence race at Las Vegas often is the second-most vital race of the playoffs.
Vegas marks the primary race of the third spherical as eight drivers are racing for 4 spots within the winner-take-all championship race at Phoenix. And identical to within the first two rounds of the playoffs, a win by a playoff driver equals automated development to the subsequent spherical.
That’s why Las Vegas is so key. If a playoff driver wins Sunday, his crew has two weeks to deal with preparing for the championship race whereas everybody else nonetheless has to fret about merely getting there.
The favourite to get that victory is Kyle Larson. The 2021 Cup Sequence champion is +500 to win Sunday’s race and get his fourth win of the season. Larson simply superior to the third spherical of the playoffs however didn’t have a top-10 end within the second spherical. Each he and Martin Truex Jr. relied closely on the playoff factors they collected throughout the common season to get into the third spherical.
Truex, the regular-season champion, is 8-to-1 to win the race. Truex hasn’t completed higher than seventeenth within the playoffs and wishes to start out racking up prime 10s within the third spherical if he desires to have a shot at racing for the title.
Right here’s what that you must know forward of the race. All odds are from BetMGM.
Kyle Larson (+500)
Denny Hamlin (+600)
William Byron (+600)
Martin Truex Jr. (+800)
Tyler Reddick (+900)
Larson has one win and 10 top-10 finishes in 14 Las Vegas begins. Hamlin additionally has one win, however he’s made 23 begins. Byron received the spring race at Vegas for simply his second top-five end in 11 begins. Truex has the second-best common end (10) of any energetic driver on the observe and has two victories and 14 prime 10s in 23 begins. Reddick has three prime 10s in seven begins.
Good mid-tier worth
Chris Buescher (+1400)
Chase Elliott (+1600)
Buescher has only one top-10 end in 13 Vegas begins however he may very well be in line for his second on Sunday. Elliott’s No. 9 automobile continues to be within the proprietor playoffs — that’s the place groups earn most of their factors cash — and will likely be very aggressive as he searches for his first win of the season.
Don’t wager this driver
Ryan Blaney (+1400)
Blaney has 5 prime fives and eight top-10 finishes in 14 begins at Las Vegas however is winless, and the Ford groups appear to be at a slight velocity drawback to the Chevys and Toyotas.
On the lookout for a protracted shot?
Kevin Harvick (+4000)
Yeah, Harvick is in a Ford, however he’s price a flier as he appears to be like to finish his profession with a win. Harvick has 14 top-10 finishes in 28 begins.