The NASCAR Cup circuit makes its way to Kansas Speedway for the Advent Health 400 on Sunday in Kansas City, Kansas.
A fascinating twist for Kansas sports betting happened over the two races at the 1.5-mile oval in 2022: The same car won both races, but with two different drivers.
Kurt Busch won the spring race on May 15 in the No. 45 Toyota for 23XI Racing, the team co-owned by active driver Denny Hamlin and basketball legend Michael Jordan (hence the team name – No. 23 for Jordan’s famed Chicago Bulls jersey and No. 11, in Roman numeral form, for Hamlin’s car).
It was Busch’s first win for the team and, sadly, it was almost certainly the last of his 34 victories at NASCAR’s top level. Busch suffered a concussion from a crash last summer and stepped out of the No. 45 car after that. He is not racing this season.
Shortly after Busch vacated the seat, Bubba Wallace temporarily switched from his usual No. 23 ride with the 23XI Racing team to the No. 45 car and won the fall race at Kansas, the Hollywood 400.
That unusual Toyota sweep in 2022 continued Toyota’s dominance at the track. The manufacturer has led the most stock cars to victory lane over the past 20 races at Kansas Speedway.
And the No. 45 car has yet another driver – Tyler Reddick joined the team this season. He has +800 odds at BetMGM Kansas to win the Advent Health 400.
Kansas Stats By Manufacturer, Past 20 Races
Joe Gibbs Racing Leads Toyota Charge
BetKansas.com, where you’ll find reviews of Kansas sports betting apps, used driveraverages.com to calculate the total number of wins, runnerup runs and top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway from each manufacturer since April 2013.
No surprise, Joe Gibbs Racing has been the main reason for Toyota’s dominance at Kansas. Though 23XI is a separate team, it has a technical alliance with Gibbs. So JGR technology is responsible for nine of the past 20 victories at the 1.5-mile oval, by six different drivers.
Three drivers have won at Kansas at least twice since April 2013, including Denny Hamlin winning back-to-back races in October 2019 and July 2020. Hamlin is the race favorite with Caesars Sportsbook Kansas, with +400 odds. Yet Caesars also has him and JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr., who is coming off of a win on Monday at Dover, as co-favorites to be the top Toyota finisher, at +280. Truex is +800 to win.
Chevrolet Relying on Hendrick
It’s no scoop that Hendrick Motorsports is the top Chevrolet team among the seven teams running for the brand. The “Bowtie” will be completely relying on Hendrick this week, if history is anything to go by.
Customers using the DraftKings promo code Kansas can wager on Hendrick driver Kyle Larson as the favorite, with +500 odds, or grab teammates William Byron at +750 or Chase Elliott at +1200 (the team’s usual fourth driver, Alex Bowman, is out for a few weeks with a broken vertebra).
Only Elliott and Larson have won at Kansas in the past 20 races among drivers who still compete for Chevy. Hendrick won twice since 2013 with drivers who no longer drive for the team (Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson) and two Chevy wins belong to another driver who still races full-time, but not for Chevy. Which leads us to…
Harvick, Logano Among Ford Contenders
Kevin Harvick won in 2013 and 2016 for Chevy at Kansas. After his Stewart-Haas Racing team switched to Ford, the veteran won there for the Blue Oval in 2018. He’s the leading active driver at Kansas, according to Racing-Reference.info, with an average finish of 9.9 in 34 starts including those three wins and 12 top-five finishes.
But Ford is still trailing the competition by some distance as far as success at Kansas. The manufacturer has won five of the past 20 Kansas races, with three of those victories by defending Cup series champion Joey Logano.
Logano’s Penske Racing teammate, Ryan Blaney, is the top Ford on the board with FanDuel Kansas at +1500 odds. Harvick is at +1800 and Logano is +2200.
Perhaps the betting value on Logano is because he has lacked consistent success lately on the oval that’s just on the other side of the Missouri state line. Apart from his win in the fall of 2020, Logano has no top-five finishes in the past nine races there.
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