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In his rookie season in the NASCAR Cup Series, Ty Gibbs has yet to find Victory Lane. In fact, he hasn’t been close, having posted an average finish of just over 19th in 13 starts.
On Saturday, however, Gibbs is racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he won seven times and claimed the series championship last year.
Gibbs is competing at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Alsco Uniforms 300, a race he won in 2021, and doubtless he’ll be a formidable contender.
But we’re not picking the driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to win on Saturday at +250 via DraftKings Sportsbook. We think there’s a more powerful force in the field at slightly better odds.
In 2022, the NASCAR Xfinity Series was a playground for JR Motorsports. Collectively, Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson won 14 of the 33 races contested last year.
In 13 starts this year, however, JRM has yet to score a victory. Eight-time winner Gragson has graduated to the NASCAR Cup Series, to be replaced by Brandon Jones.
Berry, the defending Alsco Uniforms 300 winner, thinks Charlotte may provide a turnaround for the team, given the progress JRM has made on intermediate speedways.
“Our intermediate program has been on the upswing for the past couple of years, and we are coming in here confident that (we) will be at the front,” Berry said.
“I’m happy with the consistency, but we really need to get a win, and this is the place and weekend to do it.”
We’re not as confident as Berry is, but as the defending winner, he’s not a bad bet at +900 via DraftKings Sportsbook.
One of the easiest tasks in racing is making a case for Kyle Busch as a potential NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In 26 starts at the 1.5-mile track, Busch has posted nine victories, 19 top fives and 22 top 10s. In his most recent start at CMS, he won (2020).
Busch is driving a Chevrolet at Charlotte for the first time since 2007, but the Kaulig Racing team for which he’s racing has shown more consistent speed of late, and Busch’s extraordinary talent is enough to get the No. 10 Camaro over the finish line.
Hence, Busch is the obvious pick to win on Saturday, even at the short odds of +300 (DraftKings).
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Award-winning motorsports writer Reid Spencer has served as lead writer for the NASCAR Wire Service for 16 years, having also spent a four-year stint as NASCAR columnist and beat writer for Sporting News. He is currently serving as president of the National Motorsports Press Association. Email: [email protected]More info on Reid Spencer
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