NASCAR drivers Abreu, Crafton, Rhodes, Hayley wowed by NHRA race

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With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series off until next week at Kansas, ThorSport drivers Rico Abreu, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and Cameron Hayley took in the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals this past weekend at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.

They were guests of Kalitta Motorsports and Top Fuel driver J.R. Todd.

All four seemed to weather both the incredible noise generated from Todd’s 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragster, as well as the burning acrid smell from the nitromethane fuel that powers the earth shakers at up to 330 mph.

“It was great to be out with the SealMaster Team Kalitta team today,” Rhodes said in a media release. “I had a blast. I talked with J.R. and kind of learned about what makes these guys go down the track and where the speed secrets are.

“He showed us his Christmas Tree in his hauler and what he practices with, so it has been pretty cool. We did the SealMaster Track Walk with J.R. too, and it certainly gives you a new respect for this side of racing. This is my first NHRA race, and I could not think of a better place to do it than the 4-Wide Nationals.”

Todd qualified second in Top Fuel competition and advanced to the semifinal round before he fell short. Still, Todd is sixth in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel standings.

Check out some of the social media posts from Sunday:

And here’s Rico Abreu with Jesse James, husband of Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria.

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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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