What to Watch for in the 2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car season

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The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series begins its 2021 season tonight with the DirtCar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

The three-race stand for sprint cars from February 5-7 kicks off a schedule of more than 90 races in 27 states that ends at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s World Finals November 4-6.

If 2020 is any kind of gauge, the first three races will set the tone for the season. Last year Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet and Logan Schuhart won the first three Outlaws races before they all finished in the top three in points.

Sweet ended Schatz’s streak of five consecutive championships in 2019 by the narrowest of margins. When the checkers waved over the final race that season, he had a four-point advantage over Schatz. Now it is his turn to start building a dynasty as he guns for a third straight title in 2021.

If he can pull off the feat, he will become only the third driver in Outlaws history to win three consecutive championships along with Schatz and the legendary Steve Kinser.

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But fans cannot discount Schatz’s chances of upsetting Sweet in his bid. From 2013 through 2018 he scored 20 or more Outlaws wins each year. The 2019 season saw him win 11 times and last year he slipped to five victories, but only 54 races were run due to the complications of scheduling during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For the 2021 championship race, 16 drivers have announced their intent to run the full schedule, but not all of them are in their accustomed spots.

The 2021 season will also showcase one of the best rookie battles in quite some while.

Three-time and reigning All Star Circuit of Champions title holder Aaron Reutzel steps up the the Outlaws in 2021 by taking over the No. 83 Roth Motorsports ride vacated by Daryn Pittman. David Gravel turns over the No. 41 to Carson Macedo and moves into the No. 2M Big Game Motorsports ride, while Parker Price-Miller joins a sister team to the No. 41 for his fulltime campaign.

Reutzel joins a jam-packed rookie class that includes four Outlaws winners. Reutzel scored victories in 2018 at Tulare (Ca.) Thunderbowl and 2019 at Perris (Ca.) Auto Speedway.

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Pennsylvania Posse member Brock Zearfoss won in 2017 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. and last year at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.

Australian James McFadden will race the No. 9 Kasey Kahne sprint car as a teammate to Sweet after winning in Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. in 2017 and last year at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon Mo., while Price-Miller already has victory his credit at the Grove in 2017.

This year will be a chance to see if father and son can get wild together. ‘The Wild Child’ Jac Haudenschild will team up with Rico Abreu in 2021 to run in 25 of the 90 races, giving a chance to race alongside ‘Little Wild’ Sheldon Haudenschild in some of the best equipment in the field. After winning his first race in the 2018 season opener at Volusia, Sheldon scored a career-best seven victories last year to bring his total to 14.

And all of that will happen as the drivers compete for record purses. In 2021, all 90 plus races on the Outlaws schedule will pay a minimum of $10,000 to win and $1,000 to start. An additional $90,000 has been added to the season-ending points fund.

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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