Homestead Miami Odds: Rick Hendrick’s Superstars Prepare to Sweep the Round of Eight by a Mile

Published 10/22/2023, 10:56 AM EDT

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The Homestead-Miami Speedway is about to become the battleground for the Round of 8 in South Florida. It’s the second race in the Round of 8. With Kyle Larson already securing his spot in Championship 4, the question on everyone’s mind is: who’s next in line to punch their ticket to the title race? Will it be one of the drivers from Joe Gibbs’s stable, or is it time for yet another Rick Hendrick star to shine again under the Miami sun? Perhaps a surprise contender like Tyler Reddick, or maybe Chris Buescher will ride the wave of luck that has blessed him this season?

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Miami promises an exciting and unpredictable showdown. In the aftermath of a thrilling race in Las Vegas, it’s Kyle Larson who’s leading the playoff standings. And he’s sitting pretty with a secured spot in the Championship 4. But it’s his teammate, William Byron, who’s the center of attention for this upcoming race in Miami.

What are the odds for William Byron securing another Championship 4 berth for Rick Hendrick?

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William Byron’s consistency makes him a formidable contender. He has the most top-10 finishes this season, a total of 19, and boasts 13 top-five finishes, showcasing his unwavering competitiveness. Byron’s record speaks for itself. He’s finished outside the top 10 just once in his last nine races, including two wins, two second-place finishes, and another top-five finish. He’s a strong contender, and he’s got his sights set on Homestead.

To gauge the odds for Homestead Miami, it’s essential to look back at recent winners on this 1.5-mile track. Kyle Larson secured victory in 2022, while William Byron celebrated in 2021. Other notable winners include Denny Hamlin in 2020, Kyle Busch in 2019, Joey Logano in 2018, and Martin Truex Jr in 2017. These historical insights provide a glimpse into the dynamics of the race and also help in evaluating the drivers who tend to excel at this track.

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Last week’s Las Vegas results also provide valuable insights into the contenders for the Homestead-Miami race. The top finishers in Las Vegas included Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr., and Denny Hamlin. These results offer a snapshot of the current form and competitiveness of these drivers as they gear up for Homestead.

When it comes to it, William Byron is a popular choice to finish in the top five, with +100 odds at BetMGM Sportsbook, offering a $10 profit on a $10 wager for a top-five finish. However, the overall odds for the favorite to win at Homestead Miami present a competitive field. Kyle Larson leads the pack with +275 odds, followed by Tyler Reddick at +500, Martin Truex Jr. at +550, Denny Hamlin at +700, William Byron at +750, Christopher Bell at +1400, Ryan Blaney at +1800, and Chris Buescher at +2000. These odds also reflect the fierce competition on the track, making Homestead Miami an enticing race for the spectators.

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While most drivers have their eyes on the ultimate prize – the NASCAR championship, Kyle Larson has a different perspective.

Kyle Larson is taking it one race at a time and not focusing too much on Phoenix

Larson, who has emerged as a strong contender after winning the first race of the Round of 8 in the 2023 NASCAR Playoffs, is fully focused on the Homestead-Miami race. Winning the first race in the Round of 8 has its advantages, as last season’s champion, Joey Logano, highlighted. Securing a spot in the final round early can alleviate the pressure in the remaining races. In a sport where margins are razor-thin, the first race win can be crucial.

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However, Larson’s approach is unique. He revealed, “For me, zero on Phoenix, all Homestead.” He also emphasized his love for the Homestead track and his dedication to preparing for it, saying, “I love this weekend. I love Homestead and just trying to watch as much video of this place as I could to get my mind ready to run the wall.”

Larson’s strategy is rooted in his experience. Reflecting on his championship run in Phoenix in 2021. He stressed the importance of pit stall selection at the track. “Well, we started the weekend off by getting the pole. That was huge to get the number one pit stall. In the race, at different points, we had a good car. And then in other points, we weren’t. Not that we had the best car at the end of the race. But our pit crew did a really good job and that number one pit stall paid off.”

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Larson knows that it’s the intricate details that can impact a driver’s performance. And so he’s leaving nothing to chance. As we await the race to unfold, the questions linger. Will Byron’s consistent performance propel him to victory? Or will Kyle Larson’s singular focus on Homestead prove to be the winning strategy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Veerendra Vikram Singh

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Veerendra Vikram Singh is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. A Motorsport fan at heart, he has been following NASCAR and Formula 1 for over a decade now and has covered the on and off-track life of some of the best in the sport. He is a big fan of Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch but never lets that get in the way of authentic and fact-based reporting.
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