Scott Dixon is PointsBet favorite for the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway

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On the strength of one win in last year’s doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway, Scott Dixon is this week’s heavy PointsBet Sportsbook favorite for the XPEL 375. His line of +525 is 200 points greater than the field before on-track activity commences.

In addition to last year’s Texas win, Dixon finished fourth in the second race and has wins there in 2015, 2018 and 2020 to recommend him.

Dixon finished only 19th in his most recent oval start, however, which came at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois after crashing on Lap 100 of the 260-lap race.

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 this week for Dixon is $5.25. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

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The winner of the most recent oval track race was Josef Newgarden, who shares the second-ranking of +725 at PointsBet this week with Patricio O’Ward. Newgarden was second to O’Ward in last year’s XPEL 375, finishing just over one second behind the winner.

O’Ward’s Texas victory last year was part of a perfect sweep of top-five finishes in four oval track races, including his fourth-place result in the Indy 500.

Last week’s favorite, Colton Herta (+750) is only 25 points behind the top three, making this a four-man horse race. Herta may be a darker horse than the line suggests, however, because he earned only one top-15 in the oval races.

Rounding out the top five is the only other driver under 10/1. Will Power (+900) finished outside the top 10 in both Texas races last year and also experienced problems in the Indy 500. He found the handle and finished third at Gateway.

One PointsBet Texas longshot of note is Simon Pagenaud at +2200. He swept the top 10 on ovals last year with a best of third in the Indy 500. His 22/1 odds for the outright win will drag those for a top-five to a positive level on other sportsbooks.

Round 1: St Petersburg PointsBet lines

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Ryan Hunter-Reay hired as replacement for Conor Daly at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Ryan Hunter-Reay was named to replace Conor Daly in Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20 Dallara-Chevrolet, starting in the NTT IndyCar Series event next week at Road America.

Hunter-Reay is the 2012 series champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner. He finished 11th for Dreyer & Reinbold last month in the 107th Indy 500, his first start since the 2021 season finale. He drove full time for Andretti Autosport from 2010-21.

“We need to improve our competitiveness and I wanted to add a fresh perspective from a driver like Ryan who has a massive amount of experience and success as well as a reputation as a team leader. I am excited to welcome Ryan to the team,” team owner Ed Carpenter said in a team release. “We have worked together in the past as teammates and he tested for ECR at Barber Motorsports Park in October 2021, where he made an immediate impact as we were able to qualify one of our cars on the pole following that test. I am confident that his experience and technical abilities will be an asset to ECR as we move forward toward our goals as a team.”

Hunter-Reay has 18 IndyCar victories, most recently in 2018. He also is a winner in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, having been a part of winning entries in the 2020 Twelve Hours of Sebring and 2018 Petit Le Mans. Last year, he was an endurance driver for Cadillac Racing while being on standby for Chip Ganassi Racing.

He replaces Daly, whose departure was announced a day earlier in what the driver and team said was a mutual decision.

“I was surprised when I got the call from Ed,” Hunter-Reay said in a team release. “He described how frustrated he was that his team has not been able to realize its potential despite their efforts, investments, as well as technical and personnel changes over the past few years and asked for my help. Ed and I are very close friends and have been for a long time. I’ve worked with the team in the past and they are a very talented group with high expectations and a committed partner in BITNILE.COM.

“This will certainly be a challenge for me as well. It’s a tough situation jumping in a car in the middle of the season without any testing in what I believe to be the most competitive series in the world. Certainly, part of my motivation in saying ‘yes’ to Ed is the great challenge ahead. The last time I turned right driving an NTT IndyCar Series car was in October of 2021 with this team at Barber. However, I remain very confident in both my driving and technical abilities and believe by working with the talented people at ECR and Team Chevy, while representing BITNILE.COM, we will make progress. I am going to do everything I can do to help the team achieve its long-term objectives.”

Said Milton “Todd” Ault, the chairman of sponsor “It is great for to be aligned with an Indy 500 Winner and an NTT IndyCar Series champion. I have followed Ryan’s career for years and I am confident he will challenge the entire ECR team to perform at higher levels. I wish everyone luck at Road America.”