The NASCAR Cup Series begins its third road course of the season this weekend in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., on the demanding Road America circuit. The Kwik Trip 250 presented by JOCKEY Made In America, besides being a mouthful, is the 18th of 26 Cup regular season races before the playoffs start on Labor Day weekend in Darlington.
Here’s a look at the weekend, including broadcast/broadcast information, lane layout, best bets and more:
What is the weekend schedule and how can I watch?
Fans in the United States can watch portions of all sessions and the race on the USA Network, NBC or USA mobile apps (requires cable or satellite subscription) or on the Peacock platform. Radio coverage is available on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM.
Practice: Saturday, July 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. ET (streaming from 11:30 a.m.; US starts at noon)
Qualification : Saturday, July 2, 12:25 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (US, MRN, SiriusXM)
Kwik Trip 250: Sunday, July 3, 3-6 p.m. ET (US, MRN, SiriusXM)
Who are the best drivers and the best bets for Road America?
Things are lining up nicely for Chase Elliott heading to Elkhart Lake, where he won last year. The 2020 series champion and current points leader won last week at the rain-soaked Nashville Superspeedway and has won seven road races in 21 career starts, including a staggering six wins in 14 starts since 2019. Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Kyle Larson won three of the series’ six road events last year en route to the 2021 series championship.
Trackhouse Racing has won both road races so far in 2022, with Ross Chastain (second to Elliott in driver points) taking victory at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in March and Daniel Suarez winning at Sonoma Raceway less than three weeks ago. .
Elliott is BetMGM’s strong favorite for the win with +450 odds, followed by Larson (+700), Chastain (+800), Kyle Busch (+1000) and AJ Allmendinger (+1200). Additionally, Nick Bromberg of Yahoo Sports writes that good value can be found at Christopher Bell (+1400) and Chase Briscoe (+2500). Bell finished second at Road America last year and won the Xfinity Series race in 2019, while Briscoe posted three top-10 road finishes in 2021.
What are the characteristics of Road America?
Road America, built in 1955, winds around the hills and through the ravines of Kettle Moraine in eastern Wisconsin, halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay. At 4,048 miles, it is the longest circuit on the Cup Series calendar, more than half a mile longer than COTA. It spins counter-clockwise with 14 turns, including the famous “carousel” – a 240-degree downhill right-hander that puts an incredible load on the left-side tires and is a physical challenge for riders. pilots.
The race will be held over 62 laps – two 15-lap stages and a third 32-lap stint. Last year’s event, the first contested by Cup cars since 1956, saw just four warning flags in total, three for mechanical failures (one of which coincided with a break in ‘step) and the pause of the second step. Of the 40 cars entered, 36 finished their race, including 34 on the lead lap.
What will the weather be like for the Kwik Trip 250 weekend?
Warm and partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain on Sunday. The Cup road course cars can run in light rain as they have windscreen wipers and can run on grooved tyres, but the forecast doesn’t seem to indicate that. But, since this is the Midwest, a rapid change in the humidity in the air can still occur.