EchoPark 250 at Atlanta (Xfinity Series) Predictions, Picks and Odds
Our pick: Chase Briscoe (+220)
- Take your pick from a wide-open field—there are no former winners in Saturday’s Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
- Four drivers are competing for a $100,000 bonus in the first Xfinity Dash 4 Cash event of the 2020 season, with no Cup drivers allowed.
- Pre-race favorite Chase Briscoe can make good use of his dirt-track background on the slick racing surface at Atlanta.
|What||EchoPark 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
|Where||Atlanta Motor Speedway|
|When||Saturday, June 6, 4:30 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||FOX|
The EchoPark 250 is the nightcap of a NASCAR doubleheader with the Vet Tix Camping World 200 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race that precedes it. The EchoPark 250 also is the first of four straight Xfinity Dash 4 Cash events, with a $100,000 bonus on the line for the four qualifiers from Monday night’s Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
There are 37 cars entered in Saturday’s race, which features no full-time NASCAR Cup Series drivers (as a Dash 4 Cash event) and no former Atlanta winners. Christopher Bell, who won last year’s race, has graduated to the Cup Series with Leavine Family Racing.
The race will be contested at 251.02 miles (163 laps) with stage breaks at 40 and 80 laps. This will mark the first time NASCAR has held two races on the same day since the re-opening of the 2020 season with the May 17 Cup race at Darlington.
NASCAR EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Odds
The odds for the EchoPark 250 are provided by betMGM.
Wide-Open Field Guarantees First-Time Atlanta Winner
Cristopher Bell has graduated to the NASCAR Cup Series. Kyle Busch is barred from competing. The 37-driver field for Saturday’s EchoPark 250 features no former Atlanta winners. That opens the proceedings to Xfinity Series regulars eager to cement a place in the postseason Playoffs with a victory at the 1.54-mile intermediate track.
That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t favorites, but unlike races with series record holder Kyle Busch in the field, there are six drivers with odds shorter than +1000. Nevertheless, some of the betting lines remain incomprehensible. Ryan Sieg is posted at +8000 despite scoring four top 10s and two top fives in the first seven races of the season.
Sieg is in good equipment with his family-owned team and is certainly worth a look. The 33-year-old Georgia native has never won an Xfinity race, but there’s always a first time. Historically, four drivers have gotten their first Xfinity victories at Atlanta: Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon (1992), Mike Skinner (1999), Jamie McMurray (2002) and Carl Edwards (2005).
First Dash 4 Cash Event Provides Powerful Incentive
Four qualifiers from Monday night’s Xfinity race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be competing at Atlanta for a $100,000 bonus in the first Xfinity Dash 4 Cash event of the season. Bristol winner Noah Gragson (+1100) will be racing against Chase Briscoe (+220), Brandon Jones (+800) and Harrison Burton (+800) for the six-figure prize.
“That’s a big opportunity,” Burton said. “There’s a lot of things you could do with that money. There’s a lot of people in need right now, and a lot of situations that I feel like that could be used for, which is a really cool opportunity for me. Obviously, you have to treat your guys (crewmen) with some of that as well, if you get it.”
The top four Xfinity regulars from the EchoPark 250 will qualify for the second Dash 4 Cash race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, June 14 (the second of two Xfinity events that weekend). The full-time Xfinity drivers get a nice respite from Cup regulars, who are barred from competing in Dash 4 Cash events.
Favorite Chase Briscoe Looking Forward to a Track He Loves
With two victories and five top 10s in the first seven races of the 2020 season, Briscoe is emerging as a bona fide star in NASCAR’s Triple-A ranks. A child prodigy, Briscoe was 13 when he became the youngest driver to win a 410 sprint car race, beating former record holder Jeff Gordon by one year.
Briscoe’s dirt-track origins will serve him well at Atlanta, which features some of the most abrasive, most weathered pavement on the NASCAR tour. The hotter it gets in Atlanta, the slicker the track becomes, and that’s ideal for a driver who likes to slide his car around. Remember that dirt-track ace Christopher Bell won this race last year before moving on to the Cup Series.
“You throw in a slick mile-and-a-half like Atlanta, and that’s our bread-and-butter and where our program is the best,” said Briscoe, a 25-year-old Ford development driver with Stewart-Haas Racing. “Both Atlanta and Homestead (June 13-14) fall into that category, so those are going to be two really good race tracks for us. It would be great to capitalize on that with the extra $100,000 that’s up for grabs, but Atlanta is definitely a driver’s track. Hopefully, it’s 100 degrees outside and we can move up to the wall and just be slipping and sliding. I feel like that’s when my dirt background comes into play the most, so, hopefully, that’s what we’ll have.”
Chase Briscoe (+220)—You’re not going to get rich picking the favorite, but Briscoe is the best bet on the board and most likely to become a first-time Atlanta winner.