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Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Ty Gibbs to win the race at +300
AJ Allmendinger to finish in the top three at +250
Brandon Jones to beat Sam Mayer head-to-head at -110head-to-head at -110
Let’s set the scene. JR Motorsports teammates Josh Berry and Noah Gragson already have qualified for the Nov. 5 Championship 4 race at Phoenix on the strength of respective victories at Las Vegas and Homestead-Miami .
That leaves two spots available in the title event and one race left to decide them. Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill, Sam Mayer and Brandon Jones all will drive to stay alive in the Dead On Tools 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
Gibbs and Allmendinger currently occupy the third and fourth spots in the standings, with the remaining four drivers occupying the undesirable turf below the cut line. At the venerable .526-mile short track, however, that could change on a dime.
In the April 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway, Ty Gibbs qualified on the pole, led 197 of 261 laps and won the first stage.
At the end of the proceedings, however, he was stuck in eighth place as the race went to overtime and Sam Mayer collided with Gibbs on the final lap.
Gibbs is 30 points above the cut line for Championship 4, needing to score 31 points or more on Saturday to secure his place in the title race.
That also gives him latitude to compete for the victory, and if the spring event is any indication, his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota should be fast enough to do so.
Accordingly, Gibbs is our pick to win the race at a modest +300 via DraftKings Sportsbook. And mind you, we’re on a roll again. Last week we gave you Noah Gragson to win the race and AJ Allmendinger to beat Sam Mayer heads-up. Check and check.
JGR driver Brandon Jones enters Saturday’s race 38 points behind Allmendinger for the final berth in Championship 4.
A victory at Martinsville, however, would mean automatic advancement to the title race. Realistically, that’s the only way for Jones to retain his championship eligibility.
It’s not a far-fetched proposition. Jones stole the lead from teammate Ty Gibbs on the final lap of overtime in April and claimed the victory.
However, we don’t think Jones can pull off the season sweep on Saturday, but we do expect him to beat Sam Mayer head-to-head at -110 as experience wins out in that matchup.
We also expect AJ Allmendinger to duplicate his top-three finish from April at +250.
|Race||Dead On Tools 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
Saturday, October 29, 3 p.m. ET
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