NASCAR Pick Sheet: Hollywood Casino 400

Our favorite drivers, odds and betting picks for the Hollywood Casino 400

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NASCAR Pick Sheet: Hollywood Casino 400

There are more questions than answers after Round 1, Race 1 of the 2022 NASCAR playoffs. 

We reached the final 10 races with 16 unique winners because the design of the NextGen car has leveled the playing field to an unprecedented level. In stock car racing, there have always been two components: driver skill and car strength. The balance between the two is in constant flux, but the NextGen car has made it unclear where to find that dividing line. 

The turmoil that brought us 16 drivers in the first 26 races, provided a 17th winner in last week’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Our prediction that this will be a season in which non-playoff contenders win a record number of races is looking pretty good. This is also a good time to point out that while Erik Jones was a shock to the field, we had him ranked sixth in last week’s Pick Sheet.

Now the series rolls into Kansas Speedway. The similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks have long been among the most predictable on the circuit, but that started to change in the past couple of seasons as dark horses put the lion’s share of their effort into this style of racing. 

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