2020 Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500- 10/25/20 Driver vs. Driver Matchups and Odds

2020 Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500- 10/25/20 Driver vs. Driver Matchups and Odds Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

2020 Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500

10/25/2020 3:30pm EST

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The NASCAR Cup Series will continue with the 2nd of 3 races in the round of 8 by making at visit to the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500. Sunday’s race will be 334 total laps, making up the 500 miles in distance. Texas is replica of Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Texas is a 1.5 mile quad-oval, and comps to Charlotte more than Atlanta due to the tire wear.

Here are a few matchups to consider for the Auto Trader EchoPark Automotive 500.  

Chase Elliott -130 vs. Brad Keselowski +100

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Over the last 6 races at the Texas Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott has won 4 match ups against Brad Keselowski. Chase has an average driver rating of 85.0 over the last 7 Cup Series races at Texas and Brad has an average driver rating of 83.1. Though the driver ratings are close, there is a big difference in average finish. Chase has an average finish of 13 over the last 7 at Texas compared to Keselowski who has an average finish of 20th. Both drivers are in the hunt in the 2020 playoffs and I think Chase can edge out Brad on Sunday.

Jeff’s Pick: Chase Elliott -130


Kurt Busch -115 vs. Aric Almirola -115

Kurt has finished ahead of Aric in 5 of the last 7 races held at the Texas Motor Speedway. Kurt is still in the playoffs but has got to win to secure a spot in the final round. After the blown motor at Kansas 1 week ago, Kurt will be looking for a big rebound here at Texas. Almirola was eliminated from the 2020 playoffs and now it’s just about picking up a victory for the 10 team. Kurt has the better average driver rating and the better average finish than Aric and has 7 top 10 finishes in the last 7 races at Texas. Take Kurt over Aric Almirola.

Jeff’s Pick: Kurt Busch -115


Martin Truex Jr. -112 vs. Ryan Blaney -112

Truex has won the matchup against Blaney at Texas 4 times over the last 7 Cup Series races. Of the 7 however, 2 of Blaney’s wins in the head to head have happened in the last 2 races held at Texas. Truex hasn’t won a Cup Series race at Texas which is very surprising as he has been dominate over the years at the 1.5 mile tracks. Blaney has the 2nd best average driver rating of 110.4 over the last 7 races at Texas. Blaney has nothing to lose now and could be in contention for the win Sunday but I do like Blaney to finish ahead of Truex at Texas Sunday.

Jeff’s Pick: Ryan Blaney -112

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