Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 (Xfinity Series) Predictions, Picks, Betting Odds
- After winning on the Roval, AJ Allmendinger must hold his own on oval tracks.
- The Round of 8 in the NASCAR Xfinity Playoff favors reigning champ Austin Cindric.
- Can Justin Haley crack the top five at an intermediate speedway like Texas?
Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 Picks
AJ Allmendinger to finish in the top 5 (+625) at PointsBet.
Austin Cindric to win (+320) via PointsBet.
Justin Haley to finish in the top 5 (+170) at DraftKings Sportsbook.
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After Triumph at the Roval, AJ Allmendinger Must Hold His Own on Ovals
As noted above, we thought road course ace AJ Allmendinger was a lock to win last Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Roval.
The Dinger didn’t disappoint, winning for the third straight time on the 2.28-mile, 17-turn course that incorporates an infield section with the majority of the Charlotte Motor Speedway oval.
After the win, Allmendinger leads the Playoff standings by six points over Austin Cindric, but the series now moves to the intermediate ovals at Texas and Kansas before finishing the Round of 8 at .526-mile Martinsville.
Though Allmendinger has two intermediate oval victories to his credit, we don’t favor him to win at Texas, where he has only one race under his belt in an Xfinity Series car (a sixth-place run in June).
The driver of the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet is third choice at +625 via PointsBet Sportsbook, and we think he’ll be fortunate to finish in the top five.
The Round of 8 Tracks Favor Reigning Series Champion Austin Cindric
Texas Motor Speedway is a personal playground for defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric.
In seven starts at the 1.5-mile track, Cindric has finished in the top five on five occasions, including a victory last year. His worst result there is 11th, and his average result is 4.9.
Cindric has completed all 1,372 laps the series has raced at Texas during his tenure, and he has led 106 of them, all in the last four races.
So it should be no surprise at all that the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford is the odds-on favorite to win Saturday’s race (+320 via PointsBet Sportsbook).
He’s our choice, too, not only to win the race but to retake the series lead from AJ Allmendinger.
Our Sleeper Pick—Justin Haley—Has Been Sneaky-Strong at Texas
Without much fanfare, Playoff driver Justin Haley has assembled a creditable record at Texas Motor Speedway.
In five starts at the Fort Worth track, Haley has finished in the top 10 four times, with a best finish of seventh (twice), most recently in last year’s Playoff race.
We think Haley has the potential for a top-five result on Saturday, as he strives to climb above the cut line for the Championship 4.
Accordingly, we’re inclined to back the driver of the No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet to finish among the top five, a proposition that’s listed at +170 on DraftKings Sportsbook.
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How to Watch Andy’s Frozen Custard 335
|Race||Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
|Location||Texas Motor Speedway|
|Time||Saturday, October 16, 3 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||NBC|
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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]