If you’re fired up about the 2021 NASCAR Cup season, then you’re in for a treat!
The fourth race of the year is set to go down live from Las Vegas Motor Speedway when the Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube gets underway on Sunday, March 7 at 2:30 PM ET. Better yet, you’re going to find out which five drivers are offering the best value against their NASCAR Odds this coming weekend in our bettor-friendly online sportsbook.
Just know that 2021 is already off to something of a ‘strange’ start. First, Michael McDowell won his first career NASCAR Cup race at the prestigious Daytona 500 in an absolute shocker.
“To think that (I’d) get my first Cup win at the Daytona 500 is just unbelievable,” McDowell said after his win. “For so many years, just grinding it out to stay in this sport, and to finally get a great opportunity with Bob Jenkins and Front Row Motorsports. To do this where we keep putting ourselves in that position at the end of the Daytona 500. To be a Daytona 500 champion is just amazing.”
The unheralded Christopher Bell took the checkered flag in the second race of the year at Daytona and William Byron took the checkered flag in the Dixie Vodka 400 in Miami last weekend to claim his second career NASCAR Cup victory.
Now, as we get set for Las Vegas, Martin Truex Jr. is the odds-on favorite. Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin round out the top five drivers on the odds leaderboard. Now, let’s get to my top five picks to win and cash in.
2021 Pennzoil 400 Odds
Martin Truex Jr. +500
Kevin Harvick +600
Brad Keselowski +650
Joey Logano +650
Denny Hamlin +900
Kyle Larson +600
Ryan Blaney +1100
Chase Elliott +700
Kyle Busch +1200
Kurt Busch +1600
Alex Bowman +2200
William Byron +1000
Christopher Bell +3000
No. 5 Kyle Busch +1200
In 19 career appearances at Las Vegas, Kyle Busch has recorded an impressive ten Top 10 finishes, seven Top 5 finishes and one victory in the Shelby 427 in 2009. In his last six outings at the track, Busch has recorded three Top 7 finishes including a sixth place finish in last year’s fall, South Point 400. Busch has a pair of second place finishes at Las Vegas and two third place finishes. Busch finished 10th at Miami last weekend and 14th in the Daytona 500. Make no mistake about it, Kyle Busch will be hungry, and I believe he’ll challenge for the outright win!
No. 4 Chase Elliott +700
The 25-year-old Elliott won his first Cup Series championship in 2020 in his fifth full season. The Georgia native won five races a year ago, not including his win in the Daytona road race. In eight career appearances at Las Vegas, Elliott has recorded three Top 10 finishes and a pair of Top 5 finishes. Elliott finished 26th and 22nd in the spring and fall races at Vegas in 2020 after finishing ninth and fourth respectively in 2019. Elliott’s best finish was a third place finish in the Kobalt 400 in the fall of his 2017 rookie campaign, but he’s already looking pretty solid after his second place finish in the Daytona 500.
No. 3 Joey Logano +650
In 15 career appearances in Las Vegas, 30-year-old Joey Logano has recorded a stellar ten Top 10 finishes, six Top 5 finishes and two wins. Currently third in the NASCAR standings, Logano has taken the checkered flag in two of his last four appearances at the track and enters this year’s Pennzoil 400 as the defending champ. Logano is coming into this race off an uninspiring 25th place finish in Miami last weekend, but he’ll challenge on a track he’s had a ton of success on.
No. 2 Martin Truex Jr. +500
Ninth in the NASCAR standings, 40-year-old Martin Truex Jr. finished an encouraging third at Homestead in Miami last weekend. More importantly, in 18 career races at Las Vegas, Truex Jr. has recorded a phenomenal nine Top 10 finishes, six Top 5 finishes and a pair of wins. Last year, the New Jersey native finished fourth in the fall, South Point 400 one year after winning the same race. In his last seven races in Vegas, Truex Jr. has racked up a stupendous six Top 10 finishes and four Top 5 finishes with two wins. I’m expecting some serious motivation and a lot of knowledge in Las Vegas to put Truex Jr. in the mix for the outright win.
No. 1 Kevin Harvick +600
Second in the NASCAR standings, 45-year-old, Kevin Harvick finished fourth in the Daytona 500 and fifth in Miami last weekend. In 23 career appearances at Las Vegas, the 2020 NASCAR Cup regular season champion has a dozen Top 10 finishes, seven Top 5 finishes and a pair of wins in 2015 and 2018. Harvick has recorded a quartet of consecutive Top 10 finishes in his last four appearances in Vegas and five Top 10 finishes in his last six outings including a win in the 2018 Pennzoil 400.