NASCAR Odds for New Hampshire: An Early Pick for the Crayon 301
Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: NASCAR Cup Series cars race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Following a street race in downtown Chicago and pack racing at Atlanta, the NASCAR Cup Series visits New Hampshire for some short, flat-track racing for Monday's rescheduled race.
New Hampshire measures one mile with very little banking, so we'll rely heavily on results from Phoenix and Richmond earlier this season to break down NASCAR odds for the Crayon 301 on Monday.
The event was scheduled for Sunday but was rained out, so the race now takes place on Monday (noon ET, USA) for a weekday-afternoon race to kick off the work week.
Here's one outright bet I locked in early ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire.
NASCAR Pick for New Hampshire
*NASCAR odds as of Wednesday afternoon
William Byron currently leads the Cup Series with four wins so far this season, including a victory in last weekend's rain-shortened race at Atlanta.
Now, I'm not saying that Atlanta correlates to New Hampshire in any way.
However, I am a bit surprised that Byron is as far down the NASCAR odds board as he is this week.
Across seven total races at the short, flat tracks of Phoenix, New Hampshire and Richmond in the Next Gen car, Byron has posted the second-best driver rating while running the most fast laps and leading the third-most laps.
If we look specifically at just Phoenix and Richmond from this year, Willy B. once again pops off the page with the most fast laps, the second-most laps led, the second-best driver rating and a win (Phoenix).
Based on this data, I expected Byron to be among the favorites to win Monday at New Hampshire. However, the driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet is available at 13-1 (FanDuel) as of the time of writing.
In Byron we're getting a driver who should be a legitimate contender on Monday afternoon, but at a price that still allows plenty of bankroll flexibility to continue building our cards for the Crayon 301.
The bet: William Byron (+1300) to win