Chris Buescher leads Nationwide “Happy Hour” at Dover

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Nationwide Series rookie Chris Buescher jumped to the top of the time sheets during the final Nationwide practice session for tomorrow’s 200-lap event.

Buescher, who won earlier this year on the road course at Mid-Ohio, went P1 with a lap of 154.825 mph in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang.

That was enough to eclipse last week’s Nationwide winner at Kentucky, Brendan Gaughan, and his best lap of 153.991 mph in the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

“Our race runs are really good,” Buescher told ESPN. “I feel like we’re holding our speed late into a run, so I’m pretty proud of these guys. We’ve been working hard at this thing and making progress every week.

“We’re sitting seventh in the standings, and that’s a big plus for us. So, we’re making progress and enjoying it.”

Sprint Cup regular Aric Almirola was third-quickest at 152.996 mph. One day before he tries to keep his championship hopes alive in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, he will be making his second Nationwide start of the season in the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford on Saturday; Almirola finished 14th in the Nationwide race at Chicagoland two weekends ago.

Richard Childress Racing part-time Cale Conley carried over his solid pace from first practice to wind up fourth in this session at 152.568 mph. Completing the Top 5 was Buescher’s teammate at Roush Fenway Racing, Trevor Bayne (152.517).

Qualifying will take place tomorrow afternoon at 12:15 p.m. ET, followed by their main event at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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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