Vegas oddsmaker: Keselowski new favorite to win Chase, Gordon and Harvick have second-best odds

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We’re just two races into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but original favorite Jeff Gordon is not the favorite any longer.

At least that’s what one of the biggest Las Vegas oddsmakers in the business says.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has taken down Gordon from the top spot and anointed Chicagoland Chase opening winner Brad Keselowski as the driver to beat for this year’s championship.

Keselowski, according to a story by SportingNews.com, is now a 3-1 favorite to win it all in 2014.

Don’t be too worried, Gordon fans. His “Drive For Five (championships)” is very much alive according to Westgate, coming in tied for the second-best odds of winning the championship with Kevin Harvick, with both drivers at 4-1.

You can draw your own conclusion that the drivers with the highest odds will also likely be among the four drivers that are eliminated from the Chase after Dover.

Here’s how the Chase championship odds stack up heading into Dover:

Brad Keselowski 3-1

Kevin Harvick 4-1

Jeff Gordon 4-1

Jimmie Johnson 9-2

Joey Logano 7-1

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8-1

Kyle Busch 12-1

Matt Kenseth 12-1

Denny Hamlin 20-1

Kasey Kahne 30-1

Kurt Busch 40-1

Ryan Newman 300-1

Carl Edwards 300-1

Greg Biffle 500-1

AJ Allmendinger 500-1

Aric Almirola 500-1

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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.