Top Sleepers for the 2021 NASCAR Jockey Made in America 250

| July 1, 2021 7:54 am PDT

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series heads to Road America on the 4th of July, the first major race here since 1956.

Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson are the betting favorites to win the race, but I’m turning my attention to the best sleeper picks for the Jockey Made in America 250. I’m looking for the combination of quality and betting value today and will be picking a few drivers I believe can make a mockery of their odds.

So, if it’s sleeper picks, value bets, and the best NASCAR longshots for the Jockey Made in America 250 you are here for, keep reading. I have a few drivers you might be interested in betting on this 4th of July.

Alex Bowman +2500

Let’s start my sleeper picks for the Jockey Made in America 250 with Alex Bowman.

Did you know Bowman’s record on road courses is very impressive? Perhaps you did. But are you aware that his average finish of 9.45 from his last eleven starts on road courses makes him the third-best active driver on this type of track?

Ahead of him are Chase Elliott and Martin Truex. 

Now, Kaz Grala’s 7th place finish at the GEICO 500 technically puts him ahead. But given he has just one race on road courses in the Cup Series, we can disregard him. 

If top sleepers to win the Jockey Made in America 250 are your thing, you can’t disregard Bowman. Especially as he already has won at Richmond, Dover, and Pocono this season. 

Bowman’s odds to win at Road America this Sunday are good enough to take. But +650 for a top-3 finish is also pretty chunky. 

Kevin Harvick +3300

Alright, Harvick hasn’t had the best of seasons and is still awaiting his first win.

But I have faith in “The Closer” and believe that his experience could reap big rewards at this track. I mean, he is the defending regular-season Cup Series king and is always capable of winning in the most testing environments. Hence, why he is one of my best Jockey Made in America 250 sleepers.

Still, Harvick is not a good road course driver, right? Well, he’s not in the same league as Chase Elliott, who has six wins from his last 11 races. But he’s hardly bad.

In fact, it might surprise you to learn that Harvick has one of the best records for active drivers in the Cup Series when it comes to road courses.

Since February 2018, he has two top-5s, and seven top-10s from 11 starts on RCs. Overall, his average finish within that timeframe is 11.82, making him the sixth-best active driver at road tracks.

At these odds, you would be crazy not to consider Harvick one of the top sleepers/value picks for the 2021 Jockey Made in America 250. At the very least, think about his odds of +800 for a top-3 or +110 for a top-10.

Erik Jones +12500

The last of my three sleeper picks for the 2021 Jockey Made in America 250 is Erik Jones.

Once again, the bookies are not too concerned with Jones’ chances in a Cup Series road race. But I think he deserves a lot more respect than he is getting here.

I mean, +12500? That’s a wild price for a guy with three top-5s and five top-10s from his last eleven at road courses.

Even if you’re apprehensive about placing some pocket change on Jones to win the race, you can’t deny that +2000 and +290 for a top-3 and a top-10 finish, respectively, don’t look good. 

If you’re betting on Jockey Made in America 250 sleepers, there is an argument to be made in favor of Jones for a top-10 being the wager you shouldn’t pass on.

Look, I get that his record hasn’t been great so far this season, but this is a brand new race on a brand new track. But one that should ultimately favor those with strong records on road courses.

I’d suggest taking Jones for the top-10 at +290.

Where to Bet on Jockey Made in America 250 Sleepers

So, what do you think? Do you like the look of any of my sleeper bets for the 2021 Jockey Made in America 250?

If so, you can get your NASCAR bets down with our recommended sites. These sportsbooks have a list of all drivers and their odds for Sunday’s Cup Series race for your perusal.

Good luck with your wagers!

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.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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