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Ruoff Mortgage 500 3/13/22 - NASCAR Picks & Predictions

The NASCAR cup series will travel to Arizona to run at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale on Sunday for a 3:30 PM green flag drop. This race will take place on the FOX Network. Martin Truex Jr is the defending champion of this race last season before Kyle Larson took the championship race in Phoenix to win the title.

Kyle Larson is already a top the NASCAR point standings this season after a huge win at the Auto Club Speedway grabbing 52 points in the standings and 5 playoff points, and a second place finish in Las Vegas grabbing another important 48 points in the ranks. Larson started Daytona in first place however ended in 32nd grabbing only nine points in the standings.

Phoenix Raceway is home to two annual NASCAR race weekends, one of 13 facilities on the NASCAR schedule to host more than one race weekend a year. It first joined the NASCAR schedule in 1988 as a late season event, and in 2005 the track was given a spring date. The now NASCAR Truck Series was added in 1995 and the now-Xfinity Series began running in 1999

NASCAR announced that its championship weekend would be run at Phoenix for 2020, the first time since NASCAR inaugurated the weekend that Miami would not be the hosting track. The track will also hold the championship for the 2022 NASCAR Cup season.

2022 Ruoff Mortgage 500 odds

Kyle Larson 9-2
Martin Truex Jr. 6-1
Denny Hamlin 13-2
Chase Elliott 7-1
Kyle Busch 15-2
Joey Logano 8-1
Ryan Blaney 10-1
William Byron 15-1
Kevin Harvick 17-1
Alex Bowman 17-1
Christopher Bell 18-1
Brad Keselowski 25-1
Tyler Reddick 25-1
Aric Almirola 25-1
Austin Cindric 40-1
Kurt Busch 40-1
Ross Chastain 50-1
Erik Jones 60-1
Austin Dillon 60-1
Cole Custer 100-1
Daniel Suarez 100-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 100-1
Chase Briscoe 100-1
Bubba Wallace 150-1
A.J. Allmendinger 200-1
Justin Haley 250-1
Harrison Burton 300-1
Chris Buescher 300-1
Ty Dillon 500-1
Michael McDowell 1000-1
Todd Gilliland 1000-1
Corey Lajoie 1000-1
Cody Ware 5000-1
Garrett Smithley 5000-1
Josh Bilicki 5000-1
BJ McLeod 5000-1

Free Auto Racing Pick:

Martin Truex Jr. 6-1

Out of Stafford Township, New Jersey Martin Truex is the defending champion of this race and he's going off at 6–1 odds at the moment. Truex is a master of the short track with his favorites being at Richmond, Atlanta, and Sonoma. Phoenix is a 1 mile, dogleg oval track that runs 312 laps. Truex should be more than able to stay in the top five long enough to make a strong push and going back to back at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. Martin Truex wins.

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