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!

Auto Racing Glance: AAA TEXAS 500

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.


Kyle Busch+450Toyota
Martin Truex Jr+450Toyota
Denny Hamlin+650Toyota
Kyle Larson+650Chevrolet
Kevin Harvick+650Ford


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.


2017Kevin HarvickFord
2018Kyle BuschToyota
2018Kevin HarvickFord
2019Denny HamlinToyota


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. 


Kurt Busch(155)
Kevin Harvick(153)
Joey Logano(151)
Kyle Busch(138)
Erik Jones(133)
Ryan Blaney(121)
Martin Truex, Jr.(119)
Chase Elliott(114)
Denny Hamlin(109)
Austin Dillon(95)


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.

JazzSports' odds to win the AAA Texas 500 are below.


Kyle Busch+450
Martin Truex Jr+450
Denny Hamlin+650
Kyle Larson+650
Kevin Harvick+650
Joey Logano+675
Chase Elliott+675
Brad Keselowski+1100
Ryan Blaney+1200
Kurt Busch+2500
Erik Jones+2500
William Byron+2500
Alex Bowman+3300
Clint Bowyer+4500
Jimmie Johnson+4500
Aric Almirola+6000
Daniel Suarez+8000
Ryan Newman+20000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr+25000
Austin Dillon+25000
Paul Menard+30000
Matt Dibenedetto+30000



About the Author

Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

Whitaker, known as “the Deck Chef,” has a culinary, history and journalism background. He credits this for his cookbook writing style. “My books are people based. I interview, gather recipes from real people and sources – and combine the recipes with back-stories. My cookbooks are slices of culinary history.”

Whitaker can also be found on TV, Radio, Print, and as a celebrity spokesperson. He has appeared on radio and TV including Food Network. He’s the Emeril Live Barbecue Contest winner and columnist for the National Barbecue News.

Whitaker has covered NASCAR, IndyCar, ARCA Racing, The NFL, SEC Football, Professional Golf and more. His books include:

·      Great American Grilling – Ultimate Backyard Barbecue and Tailgating

·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

·      Smoke in the Mountains - The Art of Appalachian Barbecue

·      Checkered Flag Cooking - Tailgating Stock Car Racing

·      The Hometown Cookbook Series; The Tennessee Hometown Cookbook, as well as Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, and Florida.

·      The USS Alabama - The History of the Mighty A

·      Talladega Superspeedway

·      Bullets and Bread - Feeding the Greats and Grunts of WWII

·      Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt

·       Why Are the Mountains Smokey?

Kent has worked with several brands as spokesperson. Companies include Check Mark, ALPO, TimberTech, Vermont Castings, Pabst Blue Ribbon, E.H. Campbell Trading, Big Show Foods, and others. Whitaker, and his wife Allyson, hosted a NASCAR and racing themed show on ESPN Radio for several years. That show has morphed into a weekly short format tailgate show heard on over 50 affiliates nationwide.

Kent is also a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and severed on the National Staff as an AUXCHEF/AUX Food Service Specialist and National Branch Chief.

Kent and his wife Allyson live in Tennessee and have one ARMY Strong son, Macee. You can visit him online at and Twitter/Instagram @thekentwhitaker.

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