NASCAR EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Betting Odds, Expert Picks & Predictions

NASCAR EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Betting Odds, Expert Picks & Predictions

NASCAR's hitting the road again, swerving through the bends of Circuit of the Americas' road course for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix.

Tyler Reddick won this race last year, and as the 2024 favorite, he's hoping to notch his name closer to the top of the season-long NASCAR Cup Series odds.

Can the road course specialist make his mark again in Texas? Find out as we go through the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix odds and serve up the best NASCAR betting picks.

Odds to win 2024 EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

Odds as of March 19, 2024.

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EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix field

Tyler Reddick has arguably been the best driver on road courses over the past couple of seasons, and as the defending champion at COTA, he gets clear favorite status heading into this weekend's EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix.

Run on a road course, you'll notice a somewhat unfamiliar layout to this NASCAR odds board, with the bends of the track catering to a different skill set than typical oval-esque Cup Series tracks. 

Typical favorites like Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney are nowhere to be found near the top of the board, with specialists like Ty Gibbs and Daniel Suarez seeing their odds shorter than for a typical race.

Chase Elliott — a perennial favorite on road courses — is still looking for his first win since fall 2022 after an injury derailed his 2023 season. He notched his first Top-10 finish of this season last week in Bristol, and won NASCAR's inaugural race at Circuit of the Americas in 2021, so he knows what it takes to bounce back here. 

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix expert picks and predictions

Odds listed below courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook, March 19, 2024.

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix pre-qualifying favorites

Tyler Reddick (+450)
Reddick answered the call when pundits wondered why Toyota and their drivers suffered on road courses in 2022. He led 41 laps in his COTA victory a season ago. He was ninth and fifth, respectively, in his other two starts there. He’s qualified first, fourth and second in his three COTA races as well. On road courses last season, he finished first, 33rd, 28th, fourth, eighth and sixth, respectively. 

Chase Elliott (+750)
Elliott is due and this is a place where he’s had success. The Hendrick Motorsports driver won the inaugural race in 2021 and was fourth a year later. He missed last year’s race due to injury, but Elliott had four Top-10 finishes in five road course starts a season ago, including three in the Top 5. 

Ross Chastain (+1,200)
Trends say this is the winner. Chastain finished fourth in 2021, won 2022, and fourth a year ago. He did suffer on road courses last season though with his Top-5 finish at COTA being his best result. 

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix sleepers

Ty Gibbs (+1,400)
Great road racer in ARCA and the Xfinity Series. Finished in the Top 10 four times in six starts on these tracks as a Cup Series rookie in 2023, including his final two finishes being fifth and fourth. On the season, Gibbs has four consecutive Top-10 finishes including a pair of Top 5s in the last three weeks.

Alex Bowman (+2,500)
Great opportunity for the Hendrick Motorsports driver to shine. In three tries at COTA, he’s had three Top 10s, including finishes of second and third, respectively, the last two.

Chris Buescher (+2,500)
His last five road course finishes of 2022 read: second (Sonoma), sixth (Road America), 10th (Indianapolis), ninth (Watkins Glen) and sixth (ROVAL). His six road course finishes of 2023 say: Eighth (COTA), fourth (Sonoma), 10th (Chicago street course), 11th (Indianapolis), seventh (Watkins Glen), seventh (ROVAL). Worth the investment here.

Joey Logano (+5,500)
Told myself “if the number is right…” Logano was third here in 2021 but 31st and 28th the last two years. However, he had four Top-10 finishes in the final five road races last season including two Top 5s. He’s led at least one lap at COTA in all three races. 

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix fades

Kyle Larson (+1,200)
Road racing has taken a dip for Larson. He was 29th at COTA in 2022 and 14th last season. He had one Top-5 finish in six road course starts a season ago including his final two results being 26th and 13th. 

Martin Truex Jr. (+1,300)
While he had a win (Sonoma) and three Top-7 finishes on road courses last season, he also was 17th here. Truex was 35th in the inaugural race.

Michael McDowell (+1,700)
Not one of his better tracks. McDowell’s three COTA finishes are seventh, 13th, and 12th respectively. Yes he won Indianapolis a year ago, but that was his lone Top-5 finish in six road course starts with his final two being 36th and 32nd. 

Denny Hamlin (+2,200)
The number is enticing. But, COTA isn’t one of his better tracks either: 14th, 18th, 16th in three career starts, while his finishes on road tracks a season ago were 16th, 36th, 11th, 19th, second, 37th ,respectively. 

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix prop pick

Kyle Busch Top-3 finish (+400)

Busch (+1,500 to win outright) is receiving almost the same odds for a Top-3 finish that Reddick is for an outright win. Busch has two Top-10 finishes in three COTA tries, including a runner-up last season. In fact, he had four Top-5 finishes in six road course races last season, with three of the four resulting in a Top 3.

Pick: Busch Top-3 finish (+400 at DraftKings)

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Circut of the Americas track analysis

The fourth race at COTA but second with the Next Gen. Last year’s race was met with the new rules package, and it largely delivered.

Nothing has changed with the track, but there have been some changes to the car. A simplified diffuser will make its road course debut this weekend. It unfortunately didn’t do much when the short track version debuted at Phoenix Raceway a couple weeks ago. The racing was marginally better, but not noticeable.

That’s why it’s hard to tell who’s going to be good or not since the variables don’t have much data behind them. It’s better served to go off past history until proven otherwise. 

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix trends

  • Ford is 0-for-3 at COTA while Chevrolet is 2-for-3. Toyota won a year ago. However, Chevy drivers finished 2-3-4-5-7 to have five cars up front. Toyota only had two of the Top 15. 
  • The winner has finished second, eighth, and first in the three second stages, so look for the winner to be in the points by the midway point of the race

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This race only being three years old results in limited winner's data, but all three former COTA champions can be found near the top of this year's EchoPark odds board. 

How to make EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix picks

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