Josef Newgarden slightly favored by PointsBet at Nashville over Pato O’Ward

PointsBet Nashville Newgarden
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Josef Newgarden is the PointsBet Sportsbook favorite for Sunday’s Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville, Tenn. (3 p.m. ET on NBC). For more details on how to watch, click here.

With a win at Long Beach this season and top-10s in all but one of the nine street courses during the past two years, Newgarden has shown a high degree of consistency on this track type, which accounts for his +425 odds. In addition to his win, the Team Penske driver has runner-up finishes at St. Petersburg, Belle Isle and Long Beach in 2021. Newgarden looks to cut into Will Power’s 32-point lead on his home track.

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 Newgarden is $4.25. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Newgarden is only slightly favored over Pato O’Ward at +440, despite that driver’s erratic finishes on street courses in the past two seasons. O’Ward has one win and four top-fives on temporary road courses in that span, with his most recent strong run ending fifth at Belle Isle. Five of his last nine street course starts ended outside the top 10.

Ranked third is Colton Herta with a line of +520. He scored a pair of street course wins in 2021, at St. Pete and Long Beach. While he has not added another street victory in 2022, he came close with a second-place finish in Toronto and has three top-10s in four starts on the course type this year.

Herta narrowly edges points’ leader Power at +540. Power swept the top-five in the first three street races this season and earned the victory at Belle Isle. He slipped to 15th at Toronto, but rebounded to finish third on the permanent road course inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week.

Rounding out the top five is Alex Palou with a line of +800. On combined road and street courses, Palou has eight results of sixth or better in his last 11 starts, including a win at Portland International Raceway last year.

Three other drivers are listed under 10/1 at PointsBet with Scott Dixon, last year’s Nashville winner Marcus Ericsson, and last week’s winner Alexander Rossi each posted at +850 – a line more double that of Newgarden.

Previous Betting Lines

St Petersburg: Colton Herta tops the list
Texas: Scott Dixon favored
Long Beach: Herta favored for second street race
Barber: Herta still favored, but line gets longer
GMR Grand Prix: Herta continue to be road racing favorite
Indy 500: Dixon favored; Jimmie Johnson solid dark horse
Road America: Alex Palou is slightly favored
Mid-Ohio: Josef Newgarden tops the list
Toronto: Newgarden narrowly favored in tight field
Iowa: Newgarden still favored as he stretches betting line lead
Gallagher Grand Prix: Paro O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist lead tight field

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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



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