Drivers in must-win scenarios among Spencer’s NASCAR Fast Five picks for Watkins Glen

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The NASCAR Cup Series heads back to a road course in Watkins Glen, which is one of the most entertaining tracks on the schedule.

The Glen has produced some chaotic finishes over the years as one of the most unpredictable races, and with that some unexpected winners have emerged.

We’ve got five drivers who offer value this week to emerge victorious, some of which are facing must-win situations with the playoffs just two weeks away.


Odds from Caesars Sportsbook

Tyler Reddick (+650 to win)

Reddick has been the king of road courses this season having won the past two road races, and he recorded a top 10 finish in his first start here at the Glen last season. He’s clearly got what it takes to get to the front on these unique courses, and he offers some value at +650 considering how dominant he’s been on them recently.

A.J. Allmendinger (+1400 to win)

Allmendinger ran up front all day at the Indy Road Course despite dealing with a failed cooling system that saw him nearly pass out while climbing out of his car after the race. He’s a proven wheelman at these road races despite not being a Cup Series regular and will be hungry to steal another win from the full-time Cup field.

Ryan Blaney (+1500 to win)

Blaney finds himself in a potential must-win scenario despite being second in the regular season point standings, as he’s currently on the playoff bubble since he doesn’t have a race win. Next week’s race at Daytona could very easily produce a first-time winner, so Blaney needs a win this week to insure a playoff spot, and he’s recorded solid results here at the Glen in recent years.

Martin Truex Jr. (+2000 to win)

Truex is in a similar spot to Blaney except he’s truly in a must-win situation at the moment since he currently sits outside of the playoffs as the second-highest winless driver in the standings. Truex is a former winner here at the Glen and knows what it takes to get to the front at road courses, so this is the perfect opportunity for him to secure his first win of 2022 and lock in a playoff berth.

Chris Buescher (+2200 to win)

Buescher has been quietly strong on road courses this season having recorded three top 10s in the four road races this season. He’s been steadily improving as evidenced by a season-high third place finish last week and could play spoiler to the likes of Blaney and Truex as someone who’s winless and would leap ahead of them for a playoff spot if he reaches victory lane.

Green flag scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. on USA Network

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