DoorDash 250 Predictions: Allgaier Fell Short at Portland, but He’s a Strong Choice This Week

Written by: Reid Spencer
Updated June 9, 2023
4 min read
  • NASCAR Cup Series drivers invade inaugural Xfinity race at Sonoma.
  • The case against the two favorites at the tricky, technical road course.
  • Justin Allgaier fell short at Portland, but he’s a strong choice this week.

DoorDash 250 Betting Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.

WinnerOdds

Kyle Larson

+225
BET HERE

AJ Allmendinger

+275
BET HERE 

Ty Gibbs

+500
BET HERE 

Sheldon Creed

+1100
BET HERE 

Cole Custer

+1100
BET HERE 

Justin Allgaier

+1400
BET HERE 

Austin Hill

+1800
BET HERE 

Sammy Smith

+2200
BET HERE 

Ross Chastain

+2200
BET HERE 

John Hunter Nemechek

+2200
BET HERE 

Parker Kligerman

+2800
BET HERE 

Our Picks for the DoorDash 250

  • Justin Allgaier to win the race at +1400
  • Parker Kligerman to beat Sammy Smith head-to-head at -115
DoorDash 250 Betting Odds

DoorDash 250 Predictions

Swarm of NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Distort the Odds at Sonoma

Here’s the key fact about Saturday’s DoorDash 250 up front: this is the first-ever NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the 1.99-mile road course.

Hence, to state the obvious, no drivers in the field have experience in an Xfinity Series car on this track.

Ostensibly, that should give veteran Cup drivers, who have raced at Sonoma for years, a distinct advantage over their inexperienced Xfinity counterparts, some of whom have driven at Sonoma in the Truck Series.

But it’s also fair to point out how different the Xfinity cars are from the current Next Gen cars in the Cup Series. So the advantage of familiarity with the equipment goes to the Xfinity regulars.

There are seven full-time Cup drivers entered in Saturday’s race, including the two most recent winners at the track: Daniel Suarez (2022) and Kyle Larson (2021). But we’re not betting against the Xfinity veterans.  

The Case Against Favorites Kyle Larson and AJ Allmendinger

If you happen to favor either Kyle Larson or AJ Allmendinger, as the oddsmakers do, you’ll have to accept stingy prices for each driver—+225 for Larson and +275 for Allmendinger, both via DraftKings Sportsbook.

Allmendinger is the acknowledged king of road courses in the NASCAR garage, and he’s likely to win on any track that features right turns as well as left—except Sonoma.

The 1.99-mile road course in wine country has given AJ fits over the years. In 11 NASCAR Cup Series starts at the highly technical track, Allmendinger has but two top 10s and no top fives. His average finish there is 23.5, a far cry from his performance at other road courses.

Accordingly, we’re saying “no” to AJ this weekend.

The case against Larson is harder to make. He won the 2021 Cup race at Sonoma and almost always shows excellent speed there.

But he’s making just his second start in an Xfinity car this season, and the Xfinity regulars have just completed their second road course race of the season at Portland.

That’s why we’re looking beyond the two favorites at Sonoma this week.

After Close Call at Portland, Justin Allgaier Is Our Choice Again

Xfinity Series veteran Justin Allgaier came tantalizingly close to fulfilling our prediction for last week’s Portland race.

He was in position to win, leading the field to an overtime restart when Parker Kligerman ran him wide into Turn 1 and opened the door for Cole Custer, who had taken the green flag in fifth place.

At the end of the two-lap overtime dash, Allgaier crossed the finish line in second place, just .142 seconds behind Custer.

Allgaier is an underrated Road course racer, as his +1400 price at DraftKings suggests. And in his last four Xfinity Series starts, he has finished third, second, first and second.

We like him to return to the top spot on the podium at Sonoma.

And speaking of Kligerman, we like him to beat Sammy Smith heads-up at -115. Kligerman was in the mix for the win at Portland. Smith wasn’t.

How We Rate
Affiliate Disclaimer
21+
Logo #1

FanDuel

4.8/5

Bet $5, Get $200 in Bonus Bets

21+ | Terms and conditions apply

Logo #2

BetRivers

4.1/5

$500 Bonus Bet

21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500

How to Watch the DoorDash 250

  • Race: DoorDash 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race
  • Location: Sonoma Raceway
  • Time: Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: FS1 
21+ | Terms and conditions apply
Claim Now
Image for Reid Spencer

Reid Spencer

NASCAR Betting Analyst

Expertise:
NASCAR
Betting Analyst
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.
Nationality: American
Education: Bachelor in Drama
Favourite Sportsbook: Caesars Sportsbook
Favourite Casino: FanDuel Casino
Experience:
48 years
We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork

We support responsible gambling. Gambling can be addictive, please play responsibly. If you need help, call 1-800-Gambler.

WSN.com is managed by Gentoo Media. Unless declared otherwise, all of the visible content on this site, such as texts and images, including the brand name and logo, belongs to Innovation Labs Limited (a Gentoo Media company) - Company Registration Number C44130, VAT ID: MT18874732, @GIG Beach Triq id-Dragunara, St. Julians, STJ3148, Malta.

Advertising Disclosure: WSN.com contains links to partner websites. When a visitor to our website clicks on one of these links and makes a purchase at a partner site, World Sports Network is paid a commission.

Copyright © 2024