Top Prop Bets for the Super Start Batteries 400, Part I
The NASCAR Cup series runs its final race in the month of July and its 16th race in a 67-day span since coming off a two-month pause for the COVID-19 pandemic as it rolls into the Sunflower State. It’s the Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway Thursday night. We’ve already taken the time to give you the breakdown on the track and how drivers have fared there in their respective careers. Today, we take a look at some of the top prop bets are for you to talk walk away from the window with a stack full of cash. As always, all the odds for the prop bets are brought to you by DraftKings. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best options out there.
Ryan Blaney to Win (+700): Blaney has just one win to his credit so far on the season but he easily could have three or four on the books given how well he has run. He’s recorded seven top-five finishes on the year with five runs that saw him end up second or third. After three straight races where he was 12th or worse, he finished sixth at Kentucky and seventh at Texas in the last two races. Blaney won the first two stages and led a race-high 150 laps in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Sunday but was burned by the ineptitude of Quin Houff, who wrecked with 29 laps to go and left him a lap down. Luck tends to balance out sooner or later and with as solid as Blaney looked Sunday, give him a look here to take the checkered flag.
Kevin Harvick to Finish in Top Three (+120): Harvick has been rolling along of late. He leads the Cup Series in points and he is scorching over the last six races. During that run, he has won twice while also finishing second, third, fourth and fifth, helping him pad his lead. Harvick has won here three times, leaving him tied with Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon for the most wins all-time, and also leads in poles won (five) and laps led (855) at the track. He’s led double-digit laps in 11 of his last 13 runs on this track, making him a force to be reckoned with. Given his success with the package that the circuit is running here and his dominance on the 1.5-mile cookie cutter tracks like Kansas, you have to think that he’ll turn in a strong run here.
Aric Almirola to Finish in the Top Five (+275): Almirola turned in his seventh straight top-10 finish by recording a 10th-place showing at Texas over the weekend. He, like Blaney, was hurt by Houff’s inability to drive safely and with any kind of situational awareness as he ended up a lap down after that wreck after leading 35 laps. Almirola led 128 laps at Kentucky in the race before and five of those seven top-10 runs saw him finish in the top five. He was en route to making his sixth top-five run before the Houff incident and should bounce back here. Almirola has finished in the top 10 six times in 16 races here but he’s ready to make his first top-five showing at Kansas.
Alex Bowman to Finish in Top Ten (-115): Bowman has struggled for long stretches this season, finishing 19th or worse in four of the last five races. That includes a dismal 30th-place showing at Indianapolis after starting third and another 30th-place showing at Texas over the weekend. With that said, Bowman was solid in the races at Charlotte earlier in the year, which has a similar layout to Kansas. In addition, he led 63 laps in this race last year en route to a second-place finish. He then led seven laps in the fall race while turning in an 11th-place showing. You have to think that if he is going to make an impact at this point, this would be the place for him to make a strong run.
Erik Jones to Finish in Top Ten (-106): Jones is on the outside looking in for the playoff right now and needs to make up some ground if he doesn’t win outright. He turned in a strong sixth-place showing at Texas on Sunday and knows that he may have to take some chances in order to come up with the necessary points or a victory to solidify his resume. Jones has been rock solid in the last two years here. In the four races run at Kansas over that span, he has finished seventh, fourth, third and seventh. Jones should turn in another solid run here and easily crack the top 10 to continue his success at Kansas.
That concludes our look at part one of our top prop bets for this weekend’s race. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon to give you the best options to walk away a winner.