NASCAR AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 best bets: Odds, picks for Texas

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Following back-to-back short track races, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to a 1.5-mile quad-oval this week with the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1).

Kyle Larson, the 2021 Texas winner, is the favorite (+400) at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Former Texas winners Tyler Reddick (+600), Denny Hamlin (+650), and William Byron (+700) represent his biggest challengers.

The season’s first 1.5-mile track saw Larson and Reddick finish one-two.

Are we looking at a similar result, or will a surprise contender emerge at Texas?

Keep reading to find out how I’m betting on Sunday’s Cup Series race at Texas.

Top odds for the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400

Driver Winner Top 3 Top 5
Kyle Larson +350 +105 -190
William Byron +600 +170 -120
Denny Hamlin +700 +210 -105
Tyler Reddick +750 +225 +100
Ryan Blaney +1200 +340 +155
Christopher Bell +1200 +350 +155
Chase Elliott +1200 +350 +155
Bubba Wallace +1200 +350 +155
Martin Truex Jr. +1300 +380 +165
Kyle Busch +1500 +450 +190
Odds via DraftKings (as of Friday, April 12)

AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 best bets

Kyle Larson to win (+425, BetMGM)

The path to victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway goes through Kyle Larson. The No. 5 car goes for its second victory of the season after dominating Las Vegas in March.

That race is the best comparison for Texas, as it’s the only high-speed 1.5-mile race of 2024. Going back to last season, Larson has ranked top three in speed in seven of the last eight 1.5-mile high-speed races.

Larson put on a clinic in the 2021 Texas race, leading 256 of 334 laps en route to the victory. He had the car to beat last season, leading 99 laps before crashing while battling for the lead in the final 20 laps.

I know the odds are low, but they could get worse if he qualifies near the front. Grab Larson while you can, and look out for a dominant performance.

William Byron top-3 finish (+210, Caesars)

William Byron picked up his series-leading third victory of the season last week at Martinsville. Byron has staked his claim as the championship favorite, and should have another strong run at Texas.

Larson’s late-race wreck in last year’s race opened the door for Byron to score his first Texas win. In the two races before that, he led 55 and 42 laps, respectively.

He ranks second in total speed over the last two Texas races and third in speed on high-speed 1.5-mile tracks since the beginning of 2023. He likely would’ve been a top contender at Las Vegas if not for an early-race incident.

Byron is flexing his muscle as the best driver in NASCAR. He should be up front again, battling Larson for the win.

Tyler Reddick doesn’t have a lot of experience at Texas Motor Speedway, but has had great results on the 1.5-mile track. Getty Images

Tyler Reddick top-5 finish (+140, bet365)

Tyler Reddick only has five starts in the Cup Series at Texas, but he’s been fast since day one. Reddick finished second in his first start before winning the 2022 race. Reddick led a race-high 70 laps in the victory.

He was a top contender last year, leading 36 laps, but late carnage ruined a strong finish. Overall, the 1.5-mile tracks have been very kind to the Toyota driver.

Reddick won last year’s playoff race at Kansas, and nearly knocked off Larson at Vegas this year. It was clear he was the only car with enough speed to challenge Larson.

That speed should carry over to Texas with Reddick scoring a top-five finish.

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Kyle Busch top-10 finish (-110, BetMGM)

Kyle Busch was the points leader after the two drafting tracks to start the season. Six races later, he’s 15th and on the playoff cutline. It’s been a tough stretch for Busch, but Texas represents a good bounce-back opportunity.

Busch crashed out of the last two Texas races, but the speed numbers indicate he had a top-10 car. That falls in line with his speed on high-speed 1.5-mile tracks since 2023.

Overall, he’s been the fifth-best driver at the track type. He has six straight races with a speed rating inside the top 10, including this year’s Vegas race.

I doubt Busch will compete for the win on Sunday, but he should have enough speed to finish top 10.

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