NASCAR Odds for Texas playoff race: Kyle Larson favored; no Bristol 'mo' for Buescher

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Chris Buescher was the latest surprise winner in NASCAR, reaching the checkers first last Saturday night at Bristol.

If you put any stock in momentum and positive vibes, you should know that Buescher’s win didn’t greatly improve his status among the odds makers. For this week’s playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway, Buescher is sitting there mid-pack at +5,000.

That might be worth a sniff.

The potential payoff, at +2,000, isn’t as good, and we hate to keep beating this drum, but at that price, Bubba Wallace isn’t the worst place to put some dough. He’s the most recent winner at a 1.5-mile track, just two weeks ago at Kansas, and guess the length of this week’s venue.

Not much spillover for Chris Buescher after his surprise win at Bristol.
Not much spillover for Chris Buescher after his surprise win at Bristol.

Take a deep breath. Ready? This week's race in Fort Worth is officially known as the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.

Let’s roll through the odds board . . .

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Kyle Larson +550, Denny Hamlin +600, Christopher Bell +700, Chase Elliott +800, Kyle Busch +900

Something tells us a Christopher Bell win is coming soon. He’s been living in the top five recently. Sitting on the third rung here, it seems the handicappers and the wagering crowd agree. Chase Elliott, as always, is among the favorites. He'd have to drive the Flintstone family truckster in order to slide down the board.

Ryan Blaney +1000, Ross Chastain +1000, Martin Truex, Jr. +1000, William Byron +1200, Joey Logano +1500, Kevin Harvick +1500, Tyler Reddick +1500

We’re still high on Joey Logano around here. Martin Truex wants a win so bad, he can taste it. I’d avoid Reddick and Blaney, for different reasons. Byron is back in form, so a win isn’t out of the question. Don’t know what to make of Ross The Boss right now.

Bubba Wallace +2000, Alex Bowman +3000, Daniel Suarez +4000, Austin Cindric +4000, Aric Almirola +5000, Chris Buescher +5000

Expect Cindric’s odds payoff to lower after this week, since the next two weeks bring a road course and a plate-race. If given some small bills to throw around, I’d drop one apiece on Bubba and Buescher.

The last time NASCAR visited a 1.5-mile track, just two weeks ago, Bubba Wallace won.
The last time NASCAR visited a 1.5-mile track, just two weeks ago, Bubba Wallace won.

Ty Gibbs +10000, Erik Jones +10000, Chase Briscoe +10000, Austin Dillon +10000, Brad Keselowski +10000, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. +20000, Michael McDowell +20000, Cole Custer +20000

If you could buy stock in Ty Gibbs, you’d jump on it yesterday. But all they’re offering right now is a chance to win $10,000 if you’re willing to invest $100. You know what that means: $10 will bring you $1,000. I don’t think he’s ready to win, but I think he might be ready to lead, and it could rain . . . see where I’m going. Is that worth $10? Maybe, maybe not.

Is Ty Gibbs ready to win? Probably not.
Is Ty Gibbs ready to win? Probably not.

Noah Gragson +30000, Justin Haley +50000, Harrison Burton +50000, Todd Gilliland +100000, Ty Dillon +100000, Corey Lajoie +100000, Landon Cassill +100000, B.J. McLeod +100000, Garrett Smithley +100000, Cody Ware +100000

Did someone mention a rain-shortened win? Hey, there’s Justin Haley lounging at +50,000. Lightning rarely strikes twice, however, so put away the money clip. There doesn’t appear to be any potential sleepers napping in this crowd.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott among faves; Bubba Wallace +2k |NASCAR odds