Sleeper Picks for the 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

| February 17, 2021 2:05 pm PDT

If you’re looking for the best 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 sleeper picks and value bets, I’d hold off placing any bets. Not until you’ve checked these drivers out.

You may or may not know that the race this Sunday, February 21, is just the second of its kind on the Daytona Road Course.

This is significant because there are opportunities to make money on this race on outsiders, To be more precise, no driver is experienced here at all, so wagering on sleepers for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 could be the way forward.

Let’s start with the first of my sleepers for NASCAR’s next Cup Series race.

Kevin Harvick +950

Harvick isn’t known as one of NASCAR’s premier road course drivers.

But in reality, he is currently ranked as the 20th best in the history of the sport. So, at odds of +950, he deserves mention on this list. Is he one of the most potentially profitable value bets and sleepers for the 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253? Well, not exactly. But there is betting value to be had taking a chance on him.

Kevin Harvick Record at Road Courses
Starts Wins Top-5 Top-10 Av. Fin
42 2 10 22 12.57

 I consider Harvick a top contender for this race, but he’s not getting the love from elsewhere. Hence, his price will probably drift out past the +1200 mark by race day.

The 2020 NASCAR Regular Season champion will be itching to get off to a flying start after Daytona and is worth a punt at odds of +950.

Love it or hate it, Harvick is one of the best sleepers for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253.

Kyle Larson +2800

Larson returned to action this year, having been fired for the use of a racial slur in 2020.

The Californian later claimed ignorance on the matter and has since expressed sorrow for his actions. Whether that is enough for you is completely your decision.

To focus strictly on the betting side of things, for now, Larson is one of the top O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 sleeper bets to gamble on. At odds of +2800 with the best online NASCAR betting sites, I think he is an excellent shout. If you’re looking to make money wagering on the NASCAR this Sunday, consider “Yung Money” for the win. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that he was being talked up as the best driver since Jeff Gordon.

In all fairness, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 odds for Larson finishing in the top five would be good enough to turn a little profit. So it depends on what you’re aim is, really.

Unlike almost every single driver on the field, this will be the 28-year-old’s first race on the Daytona Road Course.

Erik Jones +4400

Erik Jones is one of my hot sleepers and long-shot bets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 this Sunday.

Why? Well, three top-5s and six top-10s from 10 starts on road courses is not bad at all. Neither is the fact that Jones can count a win in the 2020 Busch Clash to his name.

Most of all, Jones is being majorly overlooked by the oddsmakers here, who have either seemed to disregard those solid results or just flat out don’t like him for this race.

And why would that be? I would venture a guess that it has something to do with the fact that he has no wins on road courses. And that he finished 11th at the Daytona Road Course last year.

Jones’ odds scream value if you are backing him to take the checkered flag. But I believe he is also one of the best O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 sleepers you can gamble on for a top-5 finish.

Tyler Reddick +7700

Looking for O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 sleepers with big odds, take Reddick at +7700.

The 25-year-old took a 4th place finish at the Clash at Daytona last week, which is good going. Although subsequent finishes of 15th at Duel 1 and 27th at the ‘500 might not be much to shout about, that 4th place has more significance to this race than the rest.

So, what makes Reddick a sweet long shot as well one of my top sleepers for the 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253?

Erm, have you seen those odds?

In a race like this, Reddick has the potential to finish anywhere in the top-5. It’s up to you whether you want to back him for the win or take him to finish in the top-5 or top-10, but I’d definitely consider putting him on your list of the best sleepers and value bets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253.

Wrapping Up My O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 Sleepers

There are some solid value bets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 this Sunday, February 21.

Kevin Harvick’s odds are worth a mention, sure, but I also believe that Kyle Larson’s odds could be worth taking with the top betting sites for NASCAR.

However, Tyler Reddick comes top of the best sleepers for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253. The talent is there, and if luck goes his way, he could be the second major NASCAR Cup Series long shot to win in consecutive weeks. Should Reddick win at +7700, he would be even better value than Michael McDowell (+7500) in his victory at the Daytona 500 last week.

That’s all for my O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 sleeper picks. You can, however, get the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 odds, plus my prediction and main pick for the race, below.

Enjoy the race!

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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