Will Kahne be able once again at Pocono? (VIDEO)

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Kasey Kahne’s near-miss last weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was surely a bitter pill to take at the time. But today at Pocono Raceway, Kahne said that the Brickyard 400 was still good for him and the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team in many ways.

“I think it was good for me to lead laps,” said Kahne, who led a race-high 70 laps at Indy but finished sixth after losing the lead to Jeff Gordon on a restart with 17 laps to go.

“We hadn’t done a whole lot of that this season. To lead a lot of laps at Indianapolis and run up front throughout the whole race was good for my confidence. What I liked the most about the entire weekend was the team stepped up. It was the first time of the season we have put a full race together. From me driving to them on pit road to pit calls, everything about it was right.

“That is something that we haven’t done this year. We haven’t even come close to doing that. It was a big weekend for all of us and we got some momentum out of it, some confidence I think on all of our parts. Hopefully, we can carry that into this weekend and especially Sunday.”

Kahne would later qualify 12th on Friday for Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400, which he won one year ago. That victory proved vital in him making last year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Now, Kahne hopes that the Tricky Triangle will once again help him get into the post-season. With six races remaining in the regular season, Kahne is four points behind Austin Dillon for the 16th and final spot on the Chase Grid.

But while Kahne will be putting everything he has into winning on Sunday, he does feel confident of his chances in the rest of the regular season races – save for perhaps the road course at Watkins Glen International, which comes up next weekend.

“Not counting wrecks or any bad luck or that stuff, just straight-up average finish, I think Watkins Glen is one of my tougher tracks,” he said of the Glen, where he’s never finished in the Top-10 in 10 career Cup starts (top finish of 13th in 2012). “It’s going to be a place that we need to work really hard on to perform next week.

“After that, Michigan, Bristol, Atlanta, Richmond…All those tracks, we have won at and ran really well at. I look forward to each one of those and feel like we can definitely still make the Chase if we don’t do it this weekend.”

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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