Sleeper Picks for the 2021 EchoPark Texas Grand Prix

| May 23, 2021 3:02 am PDT

If you’re looking for the top sleeper picks for the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, I have what you need.

This road course race goes down on Sunday, May 23 at the Circuit of the Americas. It promises to be a spectacular one, given that it is the first of its kind. The NASCAR Cup Series makes its debut at the world-famous venue and fans are excited to see what will transpire.

NASCAR bettors are keen to get on the top sleeper picks for the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, especially with so much uncertainty surrounding the race. With no track history, the top NASCAR betting sites have based their prices on form this season as well as drivers’ suitability to road courses.

While this is the logical formula for oddsmakers to utilize, it’s not exactly watertight. This means that there could be, at least to the trained eye, some top value bets for the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix that could make someone a lot of money, right? Absolutely. 

Today, I have four sleeper picks for the Circuit of the Americas for you to get stuck into. Let’s start with a driver that could really upset the applecart in Austin.

Matt Di Benedetto +6600

There is a strong argument for Di Benedetto being the very best of the sleepers for the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix.

I certainly think he’s capable of an upset on Sunday, and wouldn’t hate anyone for throwing all caution to the wind and backing him for a top-5. But as for a win, well, I’m not quite as enamored with that idea.

Di Benedetto’s odds to win this Sunday are high, and there are reasons for that. Important things, such as his winless record on road courses, comes to mind.

In fact, the man behind the wheel of the No. 21 Ford Mustang for Wood Brothers Racing has never won a single Cup Series race.

Could that all change this Sunday? Yes, it could. Although a win for the Californian is a doubt, he is big value for this race.

In 2019, he finished 4th, 6th, and 11th at Sonoma, Watkins Glen, and the Charlotte Roval, respectively. Additionally, he pulled in finishes of 10th and 15th in his two starts at the Daytona Road Course. 

Recent form is with the 29-year-old, too. He finished 9th, 5th, and 4th at Richmond, Talladega, and Kansas between April 18 and May 2.

If you’re betting on 2021 EchoPark Texas Grand Prix sleepers this weekend, make sure to consider DiBenedetto.

Erik Jones +8000

Next up is Jones at a very tasty price of +8000.

Although DiBenedetto is the more experienced driver, I have Jones down as my favorite of these four top sleeper picks for the EchoPark Texas GP this Sunday.

Jones’ record at road courses is really underrated. He finished 8th at the Daytona Road Course earlier this year, which followed 3rd at the Roval in October 2020. He has finished 4th and 5th in separate races at Watkins Glen as well as 7th and 8th at Sonoma.

When making NASCAR Cup Series sleeper bets, it’s easy to look at big odds and ignore questionable records. But with Jones, he is huge value for Sunday’s race given his proven track record on this type of terrain. 

Do not overlook Jones when putting together your EchoPark Texas Grand Prix sleepers.

Chase Briscoe +8000

An accomplished Xfinity road course driver, Briscoe could surprise us all at COA this Sunday.

The Cup Series rookie has managed a season-best finish of 11, which he took at both Talladega on April 25 and Darlington on May 9. But he will be looking to better that record when he takes to the grid at Austin this weekend.

Briscoe is a classic NASCAR sleeper bet — he comes in with great odds, a relevant specialty, and is being slept on by a lot of fans.

I’m expecting a strong performance from Briscoe and would be delighted to see him finish inside the top-10 this Sunday. 

Austin Dillon +15000

The last of my sleeper picks for the 2021 EchoPark Texas Grand Prix is Dillon.

Could Austin win at Austin? As much as that would bring joy to the mic for Mike Joy (you see what I did there), it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.

Dillon is not known for his exemplary command of road courses, but he is, nonetheless, a very talented driver.

And in a race where anything can happen, it would be a little foolish to completely write the RCR star. I mean, it’s not as though his form has been poor this season, is it?

The 31-year-old kicked off his campaign with a third-place finish in the Daytona 500. He then went on to take 6th in Atlanta before racking up three consecutive top-10s at Richmond, Talladega, and Kansas. 

Dillon is among the big value bets for the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix this Sunday and could catch the oddsmakers napping. 

Where to Bet on the 2021 EchoPark Texas Grand Prix

That’s all from me and my tips for the best EchoPark Texas Grand Prix sleepers to circle ahead of Sunday’s race. 

It’s all over to you, now. If you have seen anything you like above, feel free to get your bets down. Conversely, if you would like to check the odds for any other NASCAR Cup Series sleeper bets, you can do so by visiting the following sites.

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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