Drydene 200 at Dover (Xfinity Series) Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- At Dover, we get a double dose of the Austin Cindric-Chase Briscoe rivalry.
- Justin Allgaier, the only former winner in the field, could use an infusion of good fortune.
- Dover doubleheader doubtless will enhance some Playoff hopes and dash others.
NASCAR Xfinity Series at Dover Odds
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|Any Other Driver||+3300|
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Drydene 200 Predictions and Picks
This is a tough call between two Ford drivers who also happen to be co-favorites to win Saturday’s race. Austin Cindric has won five of the last six Xfinity races and starts from the pole. Chase Briscoe, also with five victories this season, has finished fifth in his last two Dover starts. He starts 10th. But Briscoe should be the hungrier of the two after being upstaged by Cindric over the last month. We’ll go with “hungry” this week.
Chase Briscoe (+225).
How to Watch the Dover Xfinity Race
|Dyrdene 200 Race Information|
|What||Drydene 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
|Where||Dover International Speedway|
|When||Saturday, August 22, 12:30 p.m. EST|
|How to Watch||NBCSN|
Dover International Speedway will host back-to-back NASCAR Xfinity Series races on Saturday and Sunday. Both are named the Drydene 200. Cole Custer and Christopher Bell won last year’s Dover races but graduated to the NASCAR Cup Series and aren’t in the Xfinity field for either race this weekend.
Saturday’s race is scheduled for 200 laps (200 miles) around the high-banked, high-speed concrete Monster Mile, with stage breaks scheduled after 45 and 90 laps. Justin Allgaier is the only former Dover winner in the field for the Saturday version of the Drydene 200.
Dover Doubles Up on Austin Cindric-Chase Briscoe Rivalry
Chase Briscoe dominated the first half of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, winning five of the first 13 races. Then Austin Cindric took over. Starting with back-to-back victories on a doubleheader weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Cindric has triumphed in five of the six most recent races, including last Saturday’s UNOH 188 on the Daytona Road Course.
It’s a difficult call between the two Ford drivers as the doubleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway approaches. In three starts at the Monster Mile, Briscoe has a pair of fifth-place finishes. Cindric has raced at Dover four times, all top 10s, and has improved in every race to a best finish of third last fall.
Both Mustangs have speed, though Cindric’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford has been superior of late. But the Monster Mile is one of Briscoe’s favorite tracks, and we think he’ll overcome his 10th-place starting position to beat Cindric, the polesitter, over the course of 200 miles.
For the Sake of His Own Confidence, Justin Allgaier Needs a Win at Dover
Justin Allgaier knows what it’s like to win at Dover International Speedway. He conquered the Monster Mile in the spring race of 2018. In fact, “Little Gator” is the only former Dover winner in the field for Saturday’s Drydene 200.
But Allgaier hasn’t tasted victory this year. Though he has racked up seven stage wins—good for an equal number of Playoff points—Allgaier’s races all too often have gone haywire near the finish. Last Saturday at the Daytona Road Course, for example, AJ Allmendinger wheel-hopped into Allgaier’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet and knocked him out of a top-five finish.
If not an outright win, Allgaier needs a pair of strong, problem-free runs at Dover this weekend, just to show he still knows how to finish a race.
Dover is a place where we’ve had a lot of success in the past, so I’m looking forward to heading there for the doubleheader weekend, Allgaier says.
But odds are he still has his fingers crossed.
Dover Doubleheader Will Be Critical to Bubble Drivers’ Playoff Hopes
It’s nervous time for Brandon Brown and Jeremy Clements, two drivers whose names don’t often appear near the top of the scoring pylon. With seven races left before the Xfinity Series Playoff field is set, Brown and Clements are locked in a heated battle for the final berth.
Currently, Brown is 12th in the standings—the final Playoff qualifying position—with a 28-point lead over Clements in 13th. In his 19 starts at Dover, Clements has a pair of 10th-place finishes. Brown scored a career-best 11th in his sixth race at the Monster Mile last fall.
Currently, six drivers are locked into the Xfinity Playoffs by virtue of victories this season. Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, and Michael Annett are secure in their positions on points. That leaves three berths open, with Brown and Clements fighting for the last one. The Dover doubleheader could be decisive for either driver.
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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.