NASCAR heads to St. Louis: See top betting picks, full field odds

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Martin Truex Jr. (19) looks on prior to the NASCAR All-Star Cup Series auto race at North Wilkesboro Speedway, Sunday, May 21, 2023, in North Wilkesboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)

This week, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to a track that’s been around for a while, but is new to the Cup Series in World Wide Technology Raceway.

Formerly known as Gateway, this short oval near St. Louis produced some interesting results last season, as a variety of drivers led laps from experienced veterans to Cup Series newcomers, making it challenging from a betting standpoint.

We were able to find five drivers that we like though in this week’s ‘Fast Five’ picks, which includes a mix of veterans and rising young drivers along with the complete odds list for the 36-car field.

FAST FIVE PICKS

Chalk play

Martin Truex Jr. (+800 to win)

Truex has been on a roll lately and ran well in this race last season, so we like him as a favorite this week since he showed that he and his team had what it took to get back to victory lane a few weeks ago at Dover. Truex has shown enough speed to where he should win several more races this season and makes for a strong bet to win considering this week’s race in St. Louis should be somewhat similar to Dover.

Best value

Ryan Blaney (+1000 to win)

Much like Truex, Blaney hadn’t recorded a race win in over a year despite consistently running up front, but he broke his winless streak last week and should have more victories coming his way. Blaney has been the top Ford driver as of late, so we’ll take a shot on him carrying over that momentum from last week and winning twice in a row.

Trending up

Tyler Reddick (+1500 to win)

Reddick’s yet to return to victory lane after he prevailed at Circuit of the Americas early in the season, but he’s quietly put together a strong year and has recorded three top 10 finishes in his past four races. We like Reddick to run well again and possibly record a win, as former 23XI driver Kurt Busch was a mainstay up front in last year’s race.

Mid-pack play

Corey LaJoie (+3000 to win)

LaJoie gets a golden opportunity to showcase his talent this week while filling in for the suspended Chase Elliott. It’s not every day you get the chance to showcase your driving skills in elite Hendrick Motorsports equipment, so expect LaJoie to make the most of this opportunity and possibly contend for the win in what’s been a career-best season for the young driver.

Longshot play

Chris Buescher (+4500 to win)

Buescher’s been quiet recently after a blazing fast start to the season, but he’s still recording quality finishes and is well within the playoff cut line. He’s yet to record a race win though and hasn’t led many laps, but he could be worth keeping an eye on this week depending on how the strategy plays out since this week’s uncommon 300-mile distance could open the door for an underdog.

2023 ENJOY ILLINOIS 300 FULL FIELD ODDS

Odds from Caesars Sportsbook

+450 to win

Kyle Larson

+600 to win

William Byron

+800 to win

Martin Truex Jr.

+1000 to win

Kevin Harvick

Denny Hamlin

Ryan Blaney

Kyle Busch

Joey Logano

+1100 to win

Christopher Bell

+1300 to win

Ross Chastain

+1500 to win

Tyler Reddick

+3000 to win

Chase Briscoe

Alex Bowman

Corey LaJoie

Bubba Wallace

Brad Keselowski

+3500 to win

Ty Gibbs

+4000 to win

Daniel Suarez

+4500 to win

Chris Buescher

+5000 to win

Ryan Preece

Aric Almirola

+7500 to win

Austin Dillon

+8000 to win

Austin Cindric

+20000 to win

Erik Jones

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

+30000 to win

Justin Haley

A.J. Allmendinger

+50000 to win

Michael McDowell

Noah Gragson

Todd Gilliland

Carson Hocevar

Harrison Burton

+500000 to win

Ty Dillon

Gray Gaulding

J.J. Yeley

B.J. McLeod

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