NASCAR Betting: 2 Under-the-Radar Driver Matchup Picks for Las Vegas Race Weekend

Mar 02, 2019 9:48 AM EST

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  • After starting the season in Daytona and Atlanta, NASCAR's top series head West for a triple-header at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • We offer two head-to-head driver matchups offering value based on the quality of equipment each driver is racing.

After dodging mist and moisture in Atlanta last weekend, the Monster Engergy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), XFINITY Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series are heading to the desert for a triple-header at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The MENCS will be running a new package that is attempting to keep the cars more closely bunched together, resulting in increased side-by-side racing and a more exciting event for fans.

Because of this, there are plenty of questions regarding what exactly the racing will look like and which drivers and cars will be best. I’m not overly enthusiastic about getting too heavy on the MENCS race because of these questions.

But that doesn’t mean the race weekend is completely devoid of betting value. In fact, I’m targeting two XFINITY Series driver matchups in which oddmakers are not properly adjusting for the quality of equipment, and, in my opinion, have the wrong driver favored in each.

We talk about it often in other sports like college basketball: Winning bets on Robert Morris-Sacred Heart pay the same as winning bets on UNC-Duke. Similarly, winning bets on the XFINITY Series pay the same as those on Cup races.

With this in mind, here’s a look at the two NASCAR matchups to lock down before cars hit the track on Friday.