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Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.
AJ Allmendinger to win the race at +180
Daniel Hemric to finish in the top three at +425
Justin Allgaier to beat Noah Gragson head-to-head at +100
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There’s a good reason why AJ Allmendinger considers the Charlotte ROVAL his favorite track on the NASCAR circuit.
In baseball parlance, Allmendinger is batting 1.000 at the 2.280-mile, 17-turn road course (dubbed the “ROVAL” because it incorporates both the Charlotte oval and infield road course into its layout).
The acknowledged king of NASCAR road course racing, Allmendinger has visited Victory Lane in all three of his races at the ROVAL. In addition, three of his four victories this season have come on road courses.
There is no other pick to win this week than Allmendinger. The only question is whether you want to play the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook at the relatively puny price of +180.
The Drive for the Cure 250 is an elimination race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. After the checkered flag on Saturday, the Playoff field will be cut from 12 drivers to eight.
Defending series champion Daniel Hemric currently is ninth in the standings, six points behind Ryan Sieg in eighth.
Hemric, however, has a far superior record at the Charlotte Roval. In three starts at the track, he has two top fives—both third-place finishes in his two most recent races there.
Accordingly, we like a motivated Hemric to duplicate his podium results on Saturday and advocate a bet on the defending series champ to finish in the top three at +425 at DraftKings.
One note: It’s advisable to make this bet before Saturday’s qualifying session. Hemric qualifies well and is likely to move the betting line.
No matter what else happens in Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 250, Ty Gibbs can lock up a spot in the Playoffs’ Round of 8 by scoring 13 or more points.
That, more than going all-out for victory, should be his primary focus in this elimination race. Scoring points in the first two-stage could put Gibbs over the top.
For that reason, we don’t like the driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to triumph on Saturday and don’t recommend a bet to that effect at +350 at DraftKings.
Instead, we prefer to bet on Justin Allgaier to win a head-to-head battle against JR Motorsports teammate Noah Gragson at +100. That’s a contest between two equally matched drivers, with Allgaier the underdog.
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|Race||Drive for the Cure 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
|Location||Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course|
|Time||Saturday, October 8, 3 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||NBC|
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