Kyle Larson, Chase Briscoe win at Millbridge; Chase Elliott earns top fives in midget debut

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Chase Briscoe won the first of two A-Mains for the Carolina Midget Showdown, Kyle Larson won the second feature at Millbridge Speedway, and Chase Elliott earned two top fives in his midget debut.

Briscoe, Larson and Elliott used the race as a warmup for next month’s Chili Bowl Nationals.

In the first 30-lap feature, Larson started on the front row but was quickly entangled in an altercation with Cannon McIntosh, who lined up beside him. Larson rolled his midget, but landed on his wheels and was able to continue. With damage to his front wheels, Larson was forced to pit before rejoining the field at the back of the 11-car pack.

Larson worked his way into a fight for the lead on the 1/6th-mile bullring by halfway.

After leaning heavily on the cushion and swapping the lead several times, Briscoe prevailed in a thrilling side by side battle at the line over Larson. Elliott came home third giving the NASCAR stars a sweep of the top spots.

The second A-Main featured an six-car inverted start, which meant Larson would have to come from the back once more. And once again Larson was part of the battle for the lead at the halfway point.

Larson was victorious in the second feature over McIntosh in second, Briscoe in third and Elliott in fourth.

“Ended up third and fourth in the two features tonight, been having a blast with this new challenge this week,” Elliott said in an Instagram post. “Big thanks to [Briscoe] and [Larson] for trying to point me in the right direction and all of the dirt folks for making me feel welcome.

“Can’t wait to get back and give it another go!”

With this warmup in the books, the trio now set their sights on the Chili Bowl Nationals, which will begin Jan. 11, 2021.

 

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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