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The Superstar Racing Experience is a new driving league designed to bring elite drivers from every medium of the sport together. Founded by NASCAR Hall of Famers Tony Stewart, the Camping World SRX Series will begin on Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut and will bring an interesting mix of racing legends to short asphalt and dirt tracks across the country the next six weeks. The green flag for the SRX Series at Stafford will drop at 8 p.m. ET and the 100-lap sprint will be broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+.

In addition to being a co-founder of the SRX Series, Stewart will be one of the biggest draws in a star-studded field and he's listed at 5-2 in the latest SRX Series at Stafford odds. However, Helio Castroneves is listed as the 2-1 favorite as he's fresh off his historic fourth Indy 500 win as a 46-year-old just last month. Before scouring the Camping World SRX Series at Stafford starting lineup and making any Superstar Racing Experience predictions, be sure to see the latest SRX Series at Stafford picks from SportsLine's proven projection model.

Developed by daily Fantasy pro and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, this proprietary prediction model simulates every race 10,000 times, taking into account factors such as track history and recent results.

The model has had some serious success in NASCAR and began the 2020 season by paying out big, picking Denny Hamlin to win his second consecutive Daytona 500 at 10-1. The model also called Kevin Harvick's win at Atlanta and nailed a whopping nine top-10 finishers in that race. McClure then used the model to lock in a 10-1 bet on Hamlin for his win at Miami.

At The Brickyard, the model called Harvick's fourth victory of the season. Then during the 2020 NASCAR Playoffs, the model nailed its NASCAR picks in back-to-back races, calling Denny Hamlin to win at 17-2 at Talladega and Chase Elliott to win at 7-2 at the Charlotte Roval.

In the 2021 season, the model has correctly predicted at least seven top-10 finishers in seven of the last 13 races. And in April, McClure nailed Martin Truex Jr. to win at Martinsville for a strong 3-1 payout. The model was also high on eventual winner Alex Bowman at Dover in May. Anyone who has followed its lead on those picks has seen some huge returns.

Now, the model simulated the SRX Series race at Stafford Motor Speedway 10,000 times. Head to SportsLine to see the complete projected SRX Series at Stafford leaderboard.

Top Camping World SRX Series at Stafford predictions

One surprise: the model is high on Tony Kanaan, even though he's an 8-1 long shot in the latest SRX Series at Stafford odds 2021. He's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. The 46-year-old former IndyCar champion (2004) and Indy 500 winner (2013) will be in the No. 13 car in the Superstar Racing Experience and this will be an opportunity to prove himself in a stock car after briefly flirting with making the jump from open-wheel racing back in 2014.

Kanaan ran a couple of races with Complete Stock Car Brasil in 2012 and has returned to the series for three races so far in 2021, so he's not completely new to stock car racing. He's also a 16-time IndyCar winner with 72 career podium finishes and he's also had some all-star racing experience back in Tony Stewart's Prelude to the Dream race at Eldora Speedway.

And a massive shocker: Helio Castroneves, the favorite at 2-1, stumbles and barely cracks the top 10. There are far better values in this loaded Superstar Racing Experience field. The 46-year-old Brazilian is coming off his record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory last month and he's an esteemed 25-time IndyCar winner with 84 podium finishes in 21 seasons.

However, prior to the win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Castroneves had only run seven IndyCar races in the previous three seasons and his past experience running in all-star events with stars from different racing mediums haven't been a success. Castroneves only managed three top-five finishes in 16 IROC races in the 2000s and his price has simply been driven too low by the unexpected victory at Indy.

How to make SRX Series at Stafford picks

The model is also targeting another long shot to make a serious run at winning it all. Anyone who backs this driver could hit it big. You can see all of the model's Camping World SRX Series picks over at SportsLine.

So who wins the inaugural Camping World SRX Series race at Stafford? And which long shot stuns in the SRX Series debut? Check out the latest SRX Series at Stafford odds below, then visit SportsLine now to see the full projected SRX Series at Stafford leaderboard, all from the model that has crushed its NASCAR picks.

SRX Series at Stafford odds (via SportsLine)

Helio Castroneves +200
Tony Stewart +250
Greg Biffle +400
Marco Andretti +500
Doug Coby +500
Ernie Francis Jr. +600
Tony Kanaan +800
Paul Tracy +800
Michael Waltrip +1000
Bobby Labonte +1200
Bill Elliott +1200
Willy T. Ribbs +2000