Kevin Harvick declares that Matt Kenseth won’t win Sprint Cup title


One Chase contender accidentally victimized another on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway when on Lap 229 of the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, Matt Kenseth spun out, tagged Kevin Harvick, and sent him into the wall.

Kenseth recovered for a sixth-place finish, while Harvick finished 33rd after extensive repairs in the garage following the crash. Harvick is now last among the eight remaining Chasers at 28 points behind Kenseth, who’s in the fourth and final spot that will advance to the Sprint Cup Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

A win at either Texas Motor Speedway or Phoenix International Raceway over the next two weeks can still send Harvick to South Florida with a shot at the title.

And considering Harvick’s strong speed all year long on 1.5-mile ovals like Texas, not to mention his superb body of work at Phoenix (five wins, including three of the track’s last four Cup races), the job is certainly doable.

But that didn’t stop Harvick from vowing that Kenseth will not emerge as the champ following today’s race.

“He won’t win this championship,” Harvick said of the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. “If we don’t, he won’t.”

Looks like Eddie Gossage and Co. in Fort Worth have something else to promote for their AAA Texas 500 next Sunday.

For his part, Kenseth took full blame for their incident, which came while Harvick was running sixth and he himself was in eighth. Harvick had started the race in 33rd position, worst among the Chasers.

“I don’t blame [Harvick] for feeling that way honestly,” Kenseth said. “It was a mistake — he was an innocent bystander and was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I totally understand how he feels and I totally understand why he would say that. I totally get it.

“He knows it was a mistake too, but that doesn’t really help him. I don’t really blame him. He got taken out of the race for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Luckily for Harvick, a poor result like this that would’ve possibly destroyed his championship hopes in the previous Chase format can still be canceled out.

“The good thing about this format is you have two more weeks and two race tracks that we can win on,” he said. “Everybody was so worried about us starting in the back and we wrecked at the front. Unfortunate.”

Meanwhile, Kenseth – who’s going to be under enough pressure trying to hold on to one of those four spots in the Championship Race – may have something else to worry about.

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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