2019 AAA Texas 500 Race Preview, Betting Odds, and Prediction
by Kent Whitaker Scores & Statson
Martinsville ended with an altercation in the pits between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin so the media focus has been on those two drivers heading into the AAA Texas 500. On the other hand, oddsmakers at JazzSports Sportsbook Review have been busy lining up the odds for this weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway and it seems that drivers from Joe Gibbs Racing have made an impression!
According to JazzSports, teammates Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr come in both at +450 while a third JGR driver, Denny Hamlin sits at +650. The three are among the only five drivers coming in at +650 and below. Toyota claims three of the five spots with Chevrolet and Ford filling the other two. Here’s how the odds break down for the favorites according to JazzSports with a full odds list posted below.
Martin Truex Jr
Ford and Toyota share last Four Races
One trend that Top Rated Online Sportsbooks, such as JazzSports Sportsbook Review, consider when setting odds is how many wins a manufacturer has at the track. This week that could be a tough call! Over the last four races, it’s been a tie between Ford and Toyota.
Predicting the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
Every week one stat from NASCAR and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seems to work its way to the top and this week is no different. Stats are one thing that Top Rated Online Sportsbooks take into consideration and this one is worth considering when making picks.
According to NASCAR, these ten Cup Series drivers wheelmen have garnished the most average points over the last five races at Texas. Meaning, these drivers finish stages well and finish the race towards the front.
Martin Truex, Jr.
Kurt Busch is the first name on the above list so it’s a fact that he finishes races at Texas with plenty of points in his pocket. The elder of the two Busch brothers has raced at Texas 33 times in his career and finished every lap of every race except for two due to being caught in other driver’s wrecks. Last year he switched from Stewart – Haas Racing to Chip Ganassi as well as from a Ford to a Chevrolet. The result? He drove from a 30th spot on the grid to a ninth-place finish.
Martin Truex Jr. won at Martinsville last week which made him the winningest driver at JGR. The win cements his spot for the Championship race at Homestead so he can lay off the gas if needed at Texas. That probably won’t be something he chooses to do but the team may take advantage of the situation and try a few tweaks to the car heading into the last two races of the year. Truex has never won at Texas but he’s done well on intermediate tracks in the past and seems to have the best car, consistently, out of the four JGR drivers.
Kevin Harvick is one of the lone favored Fords at or below +650 but he may be the driver to bring home the Checkered for Blue Oval fans. Over the last ten races at Texas, he’s finished inside the top ten every time and has finished seven times in the top five with a pole and two wins. Those two wins have been in the last two years.
It may be time for Kyle Busch to break a winless streak that’s about to hit twenty races. He and Denny Hamlin have three wins at Texas which is a tie for most wins. One of those two drivers could possibly grab their fourth Lone Star State checkered.
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