Eliminated from the Chase: Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Biffle and Almirola


While 12 other drivers will advance to the next phase – the Contender round – of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, four drivers unfortunately fell short in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

A.J. Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola failed to advance to the next round and are the first four drivers to ever be eliminated from the Chase.

Here’s how things played out for those four drivers and their thoughts (courtesy of post-race interviews on ESPN):

* A.J. Allmendinger, finished 13th in the standings, fell short of advancing by just two points:

“We sucked overall all day today,” Allmendinger said. “We weren’t good enough. We didn’t deserve to make it. I’m not disappointed we didn’t make it. I’m just disappointed in running like this.

“That’s all I had. I’m worn out, tried to give everything, tried to get every spot possible. … We just weren’t good enough all day. We never hit it all weekend. I know I’m way better at this place than that looked like.

“… We’ve got seven races left. Just because we didn’t make it doesn’t mean the season is over. Not bad for a single-car team like ours to come up three points short.”

* Kurt Busch finished 14th, six points out:

“It just was tight the last 100 miles,” Busch said. “I felt we were in a good position to advance. … We gave it a good run.

“We don’t get to advance to the championship, but we can still run for pride and for wins. You can’t expect to advance running 18th. … I just chalk it up to me not getting the job done, that we didn’t advance.”

* Greg Biffle finished 15th, seven points out:

Biffle did not speak to ESPN after the race.

* Aric Almirola, finished 16th, 18 points out:

“(I’m) just sad, disappointed,” Almirola said. “We picked a real bad day to run like that.

“That’s kind of what we fought this year, we were just really inconsistent. We had really good weeks and we had really bad weeks. We don’t ever run consistently, and this week was proof of that.

“It’s frustrating to run like that, but we’ll regroup. … I guess our goal from here on out is just not to finish 16th in points.”

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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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