Who takes the checkered flag?

Here are our picks for the final road race of the season.

Winner: Kyle Busch
After taking his first checkered flag of the season a week at Pocono, rowdy is out for blood. After winning his first Xfinity Series race at The Glen on Saturday, Busch will start from the pole on Sunday as he chases his third career win at the track. From our point of view, so long as Busch does not wreck or see his engine fail, he must at least finish in the top five.

Contenders: Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr..
We’re not really ready to give up on the 2016 championship event, especially after his second-place complete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race. His entire Cup team marched out on Saturday and they did not disappoint. His team knows it’s win or go home, so anticipate the 2015 Watkins Glen winner to take his shot Victory Lane on Sunday. As for Truex Jr., well his r??sum?? speaks for itself. The points leader possesses three race wins, 14 period wins, eight top-fives and a ridiculous 29 playoff points. Truex Jr. directed the most complete laps in Sonoma in June before suffering engine failure with only 25 to proceed. Best think he has not forgotten about that…

Wild Card: AJ Allmendinger
We’re not very high on the road course specialist back in Sonoma, and for good reason. Allmendinger completed 35th, despite almost winning a point in June. This time around we think it’s going to be different. Despite a run in clinic, Allmendinger’s results at Watkins Glen talk for themselves. In addition to a triumph in 2014, he has an average finish inside the top 10 there. Do not be surprised if Allmendinger plays spoiler to a motorist on the playoff bubble Sunday.

Odds to win the I LOVE NEW YORK 355
Here are the odds through VegasInsider.com, for Sunday’s race

Martin Truex Jr. 4/1
Kyle Busch 4/1
Brad Keselowski 8/1
Kurt Busch 17/2
Kevin Harvick 17/2
AJ Allmendinger 10/1
Clint Bowyer 10/1
Denny Hamlin 12/1
Kyle Larson 12/1
Jimmie Johnson 14/1
Joey Logano 18/1
Jamie McMurray 28/1
Chase Elliott 33/1
Ryan Blaney 40/1
Kasey Kahne 40/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 50/1
Matt Kenseth 50/1
Daniel Suarez 60/1
Michael McDowell 66/1
Paul Menard 80/1
Ryan Newman 80/1

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