Tennessee’s Josef Newgarden is inaugural Music City GP PointsBet favorite

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The winner of the most recent NTT IndyCar race, Josef Newgarden is the early PointsBet Music City GP favorite to win his second consecutive. If he is successful, the Henderson, Tennessee native Newgarden will give his hometown crowd something extra to celebrate in the inaugural running of this race on the Streets of Nashville.

The Music City GP will run Saturday (5:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Newgarden opened on Thursday with +380 odds. His win on the  Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course was his first of the season, but he came close twice previously on road courses with a runner-up finish at St. Petersburg and also in the second race of the doubleheader at Belle Isle. Newgarden’s bid for a victory there came up short when he was passed in the closing laps by Pato O’Ward, who had fresher tires. In the next race at Road America, a mechanical failure on the final restart dropped Newgarden to 21st.

Newgarden dominated both of those races, however, and was the favorite in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio with opening odds of +425 ahead of his victory.

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 this week for Newgarden is $3.80. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Scott Dixon is ranked second with odds of +525. With a fourth-place finish at Mid-Ohio, Dixon remains perfect in regard to top-10 finishes on road courses. Four of these were top-fives including a best of third in the season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park. Dixon has one win on the season. That came in the first of two races at Texas Motor Speedway.

Three racers share the distinction of being ranked third with a line of +850. None of these drivers finished in the top five at Mid-Ohio.

O’Ward finished best among the drivers listed at +850 with and eighth-place finish at Mid-Ohio. That came on the heels of a ninth at Road America, but he has found Victory Lane on the twisty tracks this year in the second Belle Isle race.

Colton Herta had a two-race, top-five streak entering Mid-Ohio, but slipped to 13th. In seven road course races this year, he has three top-fives and no other top-10s. One of these was a victory at St. Petersburg in Round 2 where he had to fend off Newgarden in the closing laps.

Will Power finished 25th at Mid-Ohio, continuing a see-saw season that has garnered two top-fives, another pair of top-10s, an 11th and a 20th on the road courses.

Ranked just outside of the top five this week are Rinus VeeKay and Alex Palou with +1300 odds.

VeeKay is hoping to revisit the front of the pack after missing Road America with a broken collarbone sustained in a cycling accident and with disappointment in his last two starts. He finished 16th at Mid-Ohio and 18th at Belle Isle, which stalled the momentum he earned with a victory on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and a second in the first Belle Isle race.

Alex Palou has two previous victories this season, at Barber and Road America. He enters the weekend with three straight podium finishes on road courses, including a third in the most recent event at Mid-Ohio.

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Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Overall Results; Click here for 250 Overall Results

Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

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Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

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The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

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RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

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The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s