Crayon 200: Berry’s Obvious Short-Track Skills Will Come Into Play on Saturday
- Short-track ace Josh Berry gets the nod as our favorite in the Granite State
- NASCAR Cup Series interloper William Byron gets a shot in the JRM car
- Without Christopher Bell in the field, Justin Allgaier’s prospects are improved
Crayon 200 Betting Odds
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|William Byron||+275 |
|Ty Gibbs||+400 |
|Justin Allgaier||+550 |
|Josh Berry||+600 |
|Noah Gragson||+650 |
|Trevor Bayne||+900 |
|AJ Allmendinger||+1000 |
|Sam Mayer||+1400 |
|Brandon Jones||+1800 |
|Daniel Hemric||+2200 |
|Austin Hill||+3300 |
Crayon 200 Picks
Josh Berry to win the race at +600
Noah Gragson to beat Ty Gibbs heads-up at +100
Trevor Bayne to finish in the top three at +220
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Crayon 200 Predictions
Josh Berry’s Short-Track Skills Should Come in Handy at Flat New Hampshire
Color me perplexed.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, site of Saturday’s Crayon 200, is a one-mile track, but it drives like a short bullring because the corners are so flat.
In addition, the use of traction compound on the racing surface—and its location on the asphalt—will have a lot to do with drivers’ ability to find grip on the Magic Mile.
As uncertain as the outcome is, we think Josh Berry’s obvious short-track skills will come into play on Saturday, and we favor the driver of the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet to win the race at the very reasonable price of +600, via BetMGM.
Berry has two victories to his credit this season, and he’s coming off consecutive third- and second-place finishes at Road America and Atlanta, respectively.
He also had a third-place run at Phoenix in March, and that’s the track that most closely resembles New Hampshire in terms of its driving characteristics.
William Byron Is Slumming in the Xfinity Series in Hopes of Righting His Ship
William Byron has experienced the sort of turnaround no driver wants. After picking up two victories in the NASCAR Cup Series this season, Byron has fallen on hard times—with the lone exception of his non-NASCAR late model win in the Slinger SuperNationals.
Since his second victory of the year at Martinsville, Byron has posted just one top 10 and no top fives in NASCAR’s premier division and has fallen from third to 10th in the standings.
Consequently, it’s a good time for Byron to moonlight in the Xfinity Series to try to regain some of his lost performance.
Unfortunately, we don’t think New Hampshire is the venue for him to do that. Though he finished second in his only Xfinity start so far this season (Texas), he had a mediocre run in the Cup at Phoenix, another one-mile flat track.
Hence, we’re not buying Byron as the favorite at Loudon, particularly at the stingy price of +275.
With Christopher Bell Absent, Chances Are Much Better for Justin Allgaier
The driver who dominated the last three NASCAR Xfinity Series races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway isn’t racing in Saturday’s Crayon 200.
Christopher Bell is competing only in Sunday’s Cup race, and that’s great news for Justin Allgaier, who finished second to Bell on the Magic Mile last year.
With his dirt-racing background, Allgaier is adept at sliding his No. 7 JRM Chevy through flat corners, a useful trait at New Hampshire.
That’s why he’s our second choice at +550. Last week we gave you Austin Hill as our favorite long-shot pick—and he came through with a victory.
Just because we’re enamored with the JR Motorsports drivers this week, however, doesn’t mean we can’t look elsewhere for a good bet.
Trevor Bayne will be making his sixth start in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this season. In his previous five races, he posted three top fives—a second, third and fourth. We like him to finish in the top three in the Crayon 200 at +220.
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How to Watch the Crayon 200
|Race||Crayon 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
|Location||New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Loudon, N.H.)|
|Time||Saturday, July 16, 2:30 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||USA|
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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]