The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs get underway on Sunday with the 2021 Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Kyle Larson, this year's regular-season champion, is the 11-4 favorite in the latest 2021 Cook Out Southern 500 odds from Caesars Sportsbook. The green flag drops at 6 p.m. ET.
Suspended for the remainder of the season after participating in only four races in 2020, Larson returned with a vengeance this year. The 29-year-old led the Cup Series with five victories, 14 top-fives and 18 top-10s in his first season with Hendrick Motorsports. Larson enters the playoffs with a 28-point lead over Martin Truex Jr. (9-2 odds) and Ryan Blaney (22-1), who won the final two races of the regular season.
Before making any 2021 Cook Out Southern 500 picks, you NEED to see what SportsLine's Micah Roberts has to say. Roberts, a former Vegas bookmaker, was the first to offer expanded NASCAR betting, and now hands out NASCAR winners to his followers on SportsLine. Roberts is the nation's premier NASCAR betting expert, and his top pick, Chase Elliott, won the Jockey Made in America 250 in early July at 2-1 odds.
He also correctly predicted the Coca-Cola 600 winner in the final event of May, hitting Larson's win at 11-2 odds. The previous week, he was on point at the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, targeting Elliott as the winner at 8-5 odds.
Now, Roberts has analyzed Sunday's Cook Out Southern 500 starting grid. We can tell you he is fading Kevin Harvick, even though he's one of the top Vegas favorites at 15-2. In fact, he says Harvick barely even cracks the top 15!
Instead, Roberts is high on a long shot who has "displayed the ability to respect 'The Lady in Black' while also getting sneaky-fast finishes!" This driver is being underestimated by oddsmakers, and anyone who bets on him could hit it BIG. You ABSOLUTELY need to see who it is before making any picks.
So who wins the Cook Out Southern 500 2021? And which enormous long shot stuns NASCAR? ... Join SportsLine right now to see Micah Roberts' full projected leaderboard for the Cook Out Southern 500, all from the nation's premier NASCAR betting expert!