NASCAR at Watkins Glen picks, odds: Kyle Busch going for weekend sweep

Who takes the checkered flag Because the Monster Energy Cup Series heads to Watkins Glen?

Here are our picks for the road race of this season.

Winner: Kyle Busch
Rowdy is out for blood after taking his first checkered flag of the season last week at Pocono. After winning his first Xfinity Series race at The Glen on Saturday, Busch will start from the pole on Sunday because he chases his third career win at the track. From our point of view, so long as Busch doesn’t wreck or see his motor neglect, he must at least finish in the top five.

Contenders: Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr..
We are simply not prepared to give up on the 2016 championship runner-up, particularly after his second-place complete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Logano marched his Cup team out on Saturday and they did not disappoint. His team knows it is win or go home, so expect the 2015 Watkins Glen winner to take his shot at Victory Lane on Sunday. As for Truex Jr., nicely his r??sum?? speaks for itself. The points leader possesses 14 period wins, three race wins, eight top-fives plus a ridiculous 29 playoff points. Truex Jr. directed the most complete laps in Sonoma in June before suffering engine failure with just 25 to proceed. Best think he has not forgotten about that…

Wild Card: AJ Allmendinger
We were not so high on the road course specialist back in Sonoma, and for good reason. Despite winning a stage in June, Allmendinger finished 35th. This time around we think it’s going to differ. Despite a mediocre run in practice, the results at Watkins Glen of Allmendinger talk for themselves. In addition to a triumph in 2014, he’s got a normal finish inside the top 10 in eight career starts there. Don’t be surprised if Allmendinger performs spoiler into a motorist on the playoff bubble Sunday.

Odds to win the I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen

Here are the odds via VegasInsider.com, for Sunday’s race

Martin Truex Jr. 4/1
Kyle Busch 4/1
Brad Keselowski 8/1
Kurt Busch 17/2
Kevin Harvick 17/2
AJ Allmendinger 10/1
Clint Bowyer 10/1
Denny Hamlin 12/1
Kyle Larson 12/1
Jimmie Johnson 14/1
Joey Logano 18/1
Jamie McMurray 28/1
Chase Elliott 33/1
Ryan Blaney 40/1
Kasey Kahne 40/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 50/1
Matt Kenseth 50/1
Daniel Suarez 60/1
Michael McDowell 66/1
Paul Menard 80/1
Ryan Newman 80/1

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