Lewis Hamilton favored for Formula 1 Spanish GP win, Max Verstappen for pole at PointsBet

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Margins are slim as Lewis Hamilton is the early line favorite to win the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix and Max Verstappen is the preferred choice to win the pole at PointsBet Sportsbook, May 9.

Hamilton, the winner of the Bahrain and Portugal Grands Prix, is listed a +115 to win at the Circuit de Catalunya. Verstappen is ranked second at +150. Verstappen won the Grand Prix of Romagna.

One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment for Hamilton this week is $1.15. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Verstappen’s odds to win the pole are +110 compared to Hamilton at +125.

This represents a slight lengthening of the odds for Hamilton compared to the most recent race. He was listed at +105 for that Portuguese GP. Verstappen’s odds improved from +245.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas is ranked third in both his odds for the outright win at +525 and for the pole at +750. Bottas was fastest in qualification for the Portuguese GP, denying Hamilton his 100th pole.

Sergio Perez at +1100 and Charles Leclerc at +5000 round out the top five in terms of odds for the outright win.

One of the Portuguese Grand Prix top-five finishers, Lando Norris is ranked sixth with a +6000 for the outright win. Norris finished fifth in that race. If he should be able to improve by two positions and score a podium, that will be worth +460.

Some other Prop Bets this week include who will record the fastest lap. Hamilton and Verstappen share the No. 1 ranking there at +195. Perez and Bottas are listed third at +380. No other driver is listed with odds of better than +2200.

Nikita Mazepin is favored to be the first driver to retire with a +400. He finished two laps down in 19th at Portugal, but was running at the end.

Kimi Raikkonen was the only driver to retire. This week he is listed at +1600 to be the first retiree. If all 20 cars are running at the end of Spanish Grand Prix, that is worth +1000.

PointsBet expects the margin of victory to be greater than eight seconds with a line of -112. If the race ends with the second-place driver between four and eight seconds, that is worth +250. Under four seconds is listed at +220.

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Justin Grant prevails over Kyle Larson in the Turkey Night Grand Prix

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On the heels of his Hangtown 100 victory, Justin Grant worked his way from 13th in the Turkey Night Grand Prix to beat three-time event winner Kyle Larson by 1.367 seconds. The 81st annual event was run at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the sixth time.

“My dad used to take me to Irwindale Speedway, and we’d watch Turkey Night there every year,” Grant said in a series press release. “This is one of the races I fell in love with. I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance to run in it, never thought I’d make a show and certainly never thought I’d be able to win one.”

With its genesis in 1934 at Gilmore Stadium, a quarter-mile dirt track in Los Angeles, the race is steeped in history with winners that include AJ Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Gary Bettenhausen and Johnnie Parsons. Tony Stewart won it in 2000. Kyle Larson won his first of three Turkey Night Grands Prix in 2012. Christopher Bell earned his first of three in 2014, so Grant’s enthusiasm was well deserved.

So was the skepticism that he would win. He failed to crack the top five in three previous attempts, although he came close last year with a sixth-place result. When he lined up for the feature 13th in the crowded 28-car field, winning seemed like a longshot.

Grant watched as serious challengers fell by the wayside. Mitchel Moles flipped on Lap 10 of the feature. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid took a tumble on Lap 68 and World of Outlaws Sprint car driver Carson Macedo flipped on Lap 79. Grant saw the carnage ahead of him and held a steady wheel as he passed Tanner Thorson for the lead with 15 laps remaining and stayed out of trouble for the remainder of the event.

“It’s a dream come true to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix,” Grant said.


Kyle Larson follows Justin Grant to the front on Turkey Night

The 2012, 2016 and 2019 winner, Larson was not scheduled to run the event. His wife Katelyn is expecting their third child shortly, but after a couple of glasses of wine with Thanksgiving dinner and while watching some replays of the event, Larson texted car owner Chad Boat to see if he had a spare car lying around. He did.

“We weren’t great but just hung around and it seemed like anybody who got to the lead crashed and collected some people,” Larson said. “We made some passes throughout; in the mid-portion, we weren’t very good but then we got better at the end.

“I just ran really, really hard there, and knew I was running out of time, so I had to go. I made some pretty crazy and dumb moves, but I got to second and was hoping we could get a caution to get racing with Justin there. He was sliding himself at both ends and thought that maybe we could get a run and just out-angle him into [Turn] 1 and get clear off [Turn] 2 if we got a caution, but it just didn’t work out.”

Larson padded one of the most impressive stats in the history of this race, however. In 10 starts, he’s won three times, finished second four times, was third once and fourth twice.

Bryant Wiedeman took the final spot on the podium.

As Grant and Larson began to pick their way through the field, Kofoid took the lead early from the outside of the front row and led the first 44 laps of the race before handing it over to Cannon McIntosh, who bicycled on Lap 71 before landing on all fours. While Macedo and Thorson tussled for the lead with McIntosh, Grant closed in.

Thorson finished 19th with McIntosh 20th. Macedo recovered from his incident to finish ninth. Kofoid’s hard tumble relegated him to 23rd.

Jake Andreotti in fourth and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top five.

1. Justin Grant (started 13)
2. Kyle Larson (22)
3. Bryant Wiedeman (4)
4. Jake Andreotti (9)
5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1)
6. Logan Seavey (8)
7. Alex Bright (27)
8. Emerson Axsom (24)
9. Carson Macedo (7)
10. Jason McDougal (18)
11. Jake Swanson (16)
12. Chase Johnson (6)
13. Jacob Denney (26)
14. Ryan Timms (23)
15. Chance Crum (28)
16. Brenham Crouch (17)
17. Jonathan Beason (19)
18. Cade Lewis (14)
19. Tanner Thorson (11)
20. Cannon McIntosh (3)
21. Thomas Meseraull (15)
22. Tyler Courtney (21)
23. Buddy Kofoid (2)
24. Brody Fuson (5)
25. Mitchel Moles (20)
26. Daniel Whitley (10)
27. Kaylee Bryson (12)
28. Spencer Bayston (25)