By Landon Smith

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 EchoPark Texas Grand Prix Preview, Odds, Prediction 05/23/2021

NASCAR Cup Series arrives at the circuits of the americas this Sunday, May 23 for the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix
2021 EchoPark Texas Grand Prix
Date Saturday, May 23, 2021
Time 2:30p ET
Track Circuit of the Americas
Location Austin, Texas
Type Speedway
Laps 68

For the first time, the NASCAR Cup Series will have a race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Most are watching out for Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin, but you shouldn't overlook some of the drivers with much higher odds of winning all this weekend. Take a look below.

Chase Elliott still doesn't have a win this season. But even though he hasn't won so far he has been busy lately making good results. He just placed third in the Drydene 400 to extend this top-10 streak to three starts. Elliott will enter Sunday's race at Austin with five top-fives and seven top-10s this year.

Martin Truex Jr. leads all drivers this season with 472 points, thanks in large part to his three season-leading victories, along with five top-fives and eight top-10s. He didn't fare so well last week, as He finished 19th overall at Dover International Speedway, but could regain his form this weekend at a racetrack. In his career, Truex has a total of four wins, 11 top-fives and 17 top-10s in 33 race starts on a road course.

Ryan Blaney is coming off 12th in the Drydene 400, but made the top 10 in two of his last five starts. He was ninth at Talladega and eighth at Darlington. Blaney has a 13.31 average finish in 13 road course starts, including his victory in the 2018 Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.

Matt DiBenedetto finished 19th at Darington and followed with 24th at Dover, summing up his last two starts. But don't forget it wasn't that long ago that he had a three-race stretch of top-10 finishes. DiBenedetto has not won in a road course race, but he finished fourth in the 2019 Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway and in the sixth-place campaign that same year in the Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

Chris Buescher is having a good season. He is currently in the playoff picture, ranking 15th in the standings with 309 points and three top 10. He was in the top 17 in each of his last three starts, which includes a ninth place in the Goodyear 400. and eighth in the Buschy McBusch Race 400. In 14 career road race appearances, Buescher has posted a pair of top-10s and 11 top-20s.

Erik Jones has to start having good results to have options and advance in the classification. Right now he only ranks 26th with just 203 points. Jones hasn't finished in the top 10 since he finished ninth at Bristol (Dirt) in March. Since then, his best finish was 18th in the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway earlier this month.

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By Landon Smith, on 23 May 2021, at 10:07p ET