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2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard NASCAR Odds, Preview, and Prediction

By Hank Blaine

The most famous track on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit is Daytona, but arguably No. 2 is the series’ one annual trip to the Brickyard, otherwise known as Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard is Sunday with Chase Elliott as the +200 favorite. Be sure to check out for NASCAR betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook.

2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard Race Info

  • When: Sunday, August 15, 1 PM ET
  • Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, indianapolis, Indiana
  • TV: NBC Sports Network
  • Radio: MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Live Stream: NBCSports.com

Odds to Win the 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard

  • Chase Elliot +175
  • Kyle Larson +275
  • Martin Truex Jr. +800
  • Kyle Busch +1000
  • Christopher Bell +1600
  • Denny Hamlin +1600
  • AJ Allmendinger +2000
  • Joey Logano +2000
  • William Byron +2000
  • Austin Cindric +2500
  • Kevin Harvick +2800
  • Ryan Blaney +2800
  • Alex Bowman +2800
  • Chase Briscoe +3300
  • Kurt Busch +3300
  • Ross Chastain +4000
  • Tyler Reddick +6600
  • Brad Keselowski +6600
  • Matt Dibenedetto +6600
  • Chris Buescher +12500
  • Michael McDowell +12500
  • Daniel Suarez +15000
  • Austin Dillon +15000
  • Aric Almirola +15000
  • Cole Custer +17500
  • Ryan Preece +20000
  • Erik Jones +20000
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +25000
  • Bubba Wallace +40000
  • Ryan Newman +50000
  • Corey LaJoie +50000
  • Anthony Alfredo +100000
  • Kyle Tilley +250000
  • Justin Haley +250000
  • James Davison +250000
  • Cody Ware +250000
  • Josh Bilicki +250000
  • Quin Houff +250000

Track Info

The race is 200 miles, which is 82 laps over the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The course features 13 turns and an asphalt and brick track. This is the first time since NASCAR hit the track in 1994 that the Cup race will not be held on the oval layout when it was a 400-mile race. The track of course also hosts the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 every year.

The Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit is the sixth road course race of the season and there is still one more to go. Sunday marks the first time ever in NASCAR history that the Cup Series is racing at road courses on back-to-back weeks.

Who Has the Better Odds to Win the 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard

Last week at Watkins Glen in New York, Kyle Larson was the winner. His 2.430-second victory over Chase Elliott was good enough to move him into a tie with Denny Hamlin for the regular-season championship with only three races remaining before the playoffs. It was Larson’s Cup Series-best fifth of the year and 11th of his career. It marked the eighth Hendrick Motorsports victory in the last 11 races and the fourth time Larson and Elliott have finished 1-2 – the third time at a road-course event. Larson is a +350 second-favorite this week.

Elliott finished second after starting from the back of the 37-driver field after his No. 9 Chevrolet failed pre-race inspection (rear-window air deflectors). Elliott’s crew chief, Alan Gustafson, was suspended for the race and the team was hit with a $25,000 fine while losing 10 owner and driver points. Had Elliott secured victory, it would have been his third straight at Watkins Glen International dating back to the 2018 season.

Indiana native and retired legend Jeff Gordon has won this race a record five times – again, though, none on the road course. Among active drivers, Kevin Harvick has the most wins with three. He also has won the last two. In 2020, the race was moved to July 4 weekend and held without spectators.

Harvick pulled away on an overtime restart to prevail – he inherited the lead after Hamlin blew a tire and crashed while leading with less than 10 laps left. Hamlin appeared headed for his first Brickyard 400 win until he brought out the caution on Lap 155. A right front tire went down in Turn 1 as he led. Harvick is +2800 this year with Hamlin at +1200.

Harvick finished eighth last week at Watkins Glen. He now has a 30-race win-less streak going stretching back to last September. Hamlin and Hamlin are the only two drivers currently in the Top 10 of the NASCAR points who have yet to secure a win this season.

Martin Truex Jr. (+600) and Kyle Busch (+900) round out the favorites this week. Busch won here in both 2015 & ’16 and comes off a fourth-place finish last week. Truex finished third at the Glen last week. For as consistent as Truex has been this year, he has not secured a win in any of his last 11 races.

Note that qualifying to set the lineup will take place on Sunday morning. This is one of only eight tracks where NASCAR is running qualifying.

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