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Buschy McBusch Race 400 Odds, Picks & Kansas Betting Preview

Buschy McBusch Race 400 Odds, Picks & Kansas Betting Preview

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Welcome, NASCAR bettors, to Kansas – where the barbecue is excellent, Outfield Beer Company makes outstanding local brews, and Sunday’s event at the big speedway off of Interstate 70 poses something of a quandary for anyone looking to lay NASCAR betting action on the Cup Series.

Jeff Gordon claimed the first two races at Kansas Speedway, and the list of winners ever since has been as predictable as the Sunflower State landscape. Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano won the two races on the 1.5-mile tri-oval last year. Hamlin is the odds favorite this time around, in an event that title sponsor Busch let fans name to raise money for charity. Outside of Joe Nemechek’s triumph in the track’s fourth Cup race ever in 2004, Kansas is a place where elite drivers have dominated as surely as the wind blows off the prairie.

None of which, of course, meshes with what we’ve seen from NASCAR this season. Brad Keselowski won last week at Talladega, but he had to pass Matt DiBenedetto on the final lap of overtime and hold off Michael McDowell at the finish. In 10 races this year, we’ve had five winners who seemed to come out of the blue. Kansas will either continue that trend, or be a step back toward predictability. It’s up to bettors to try to figure out which.

Buschy McBusch Race 400 Odds

Driver WinTop 3Top 10
Denny Hamlin +550 +160 -360
Kyle Larson +600 +170 -335
Martin Truex Jr. +600 +170 -335
Brad Keselowski +850 +240 -250
Chase Elliott +900 +260 -235
Kevin Harvick +900 +260 -235
Ryan Blaney +1000 +300 -225
Joey Logano +1000 +300 -225

NASCAR odds current as of publication from DraftKings and subject to change.


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Buschy McBusch Race 400 Predictions & Betting Tips

Alex Bowman Top 3, +500

It might be asking a lot for Bowman to win for a second time this season, but a podium finish seems very possible given the way he has handled Kansas in the past. Since joining Hendrick Motorsports for the 2016 season, Bowman owns an average finish of eighth on the tri-oval – he was second in 2019 and third in the most recent event there last year.

It has been an odd stretch for Bowman, who wrecked out of two of his past three races with a victory at Richmond in between. But some guys just have a knack for a place and Bowman certainly has that knack at Kansas.

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Buschy McBusch Race 400 Betting Tips

Did we mention that Kansas is the domain of the heavy hitters? Over the last decade, Denny Hamlin is the only Kansas winner who doesn’t also own a Cup Series championship. With top-four finishes in six of his last seven and a ton of laps led, Hamlin is overdue to win this season, and he has enjoyed lots of success at Kansas, with three victories. Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano lead all active drivers with three wins each at Kansas, while Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. have two each.

Harvick, another elite driver who remains winless this season, holds the best average finish at Kansas at 9.3, and has led 146 more laps there than anyone else. No. 2 odds choice Kyle Larson is competing at Kansas for the first time since 2019, but he has five top-10s in his past seven Kansas starts.

And Chase Elliott has been sixth or better there in four of his last five, including a victory in 2018 and a runner-up result the following season.

Bowman isn’t the only under-the-radar driver who typically has been pretty good in Kansas City. Aric Almirola has four top-10s there since 2017, including sixth place, his best Kansas finish, last year. Bowman’s Hendrick teammate William Byron has been fifth, 10th and eighth in his past three starts there, and Erik Jones has placed seventh or better in five of his past six.

While it might be a tad bold to take any of those drivers to win, they all have realistic chances at top-10 results.

Buschy McBusch Race 400 Time, Date and TV

When: Sunday, 3 p.m.

Where: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas


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David Caraviello for Bookies.com
David Caraviello
Veteran sports journalist David Caraviello has covered college football, college basketball, motorsports and golf, covering all three US golf majors, the Daytona 500 and SEC football.