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Go Bowling 250 (Xfinity Series) Predictions, Picks, Betting Odds

Go Bowling 250 Predictions
  • Justin Allgaier is a good candidate to triple up at the .75-mile Richmond short track.
  • Allmendinger vs. Cindric—who has the upper hand in the regular-season battle? 
  • Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. be a factor in his annual one-off Xfinity appearance?

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Go Bowling 250 Odds

The odds for the Go Bowling are taken from PointsBet Sportsbook. Click on ‘BET NOW’ in the table below to head to the sportsbook and place your bet.

Winner Odds
Justin Allgaier +400
Ty Gibbs +450
Austin Cindric +600
Daniel Hemric +800
Dale Earnhardt Jr. +900
A.J. Allmendinger +1000
Harrison Burton +1100
Noah Gragson +1200
Justin Haley +1200
Josh Berry +1500
Brandon Jones +1800
Jeb Burton +2500
John Hunter Nemechek +2800
Michael Annett +3000
Brett Moffitt +3000

As the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads for Richmond Raceway for a Saturday doubleheader with the NASCAR Cup Series, there are still three Playoff spots available to Xfinity drivers with two events left in the regular season.

Noah Gragson clinched a berth last weekend with his victory at Darlington Raceway, bringing the total number of drivers locked into the postseason to nine. Brandon Jones, Jeremy Clements, and Riley Herbst currently occupy the final three Playoff-eligible positions and could clinch a spot outright by winning at Richmond.

The Go Bowling 250 will be contested over 250 laps (187.5 miles), with stage breaks scheduled after 75 and 150 laps. Justin Allgaier won both 2020 races at the .75-mile track.

Justin Allgaier Goes for Third Straight NASCAR Xfinity Victory at Richmond

Justin Allgaier is in rarified territory. After taking the checkered flag in both ends of the NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader at Richmond Raceway last September, he’s the only former Richmond winner among series regulars in the field for Saturday’s Go Bowling 200.

Allgaier has a special affinity for Richmond, where he has finished in the top five in seven of his 20 starts. Already locked into the Xfinity Playoff this season, the driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet can go all-out for the victory on Saturday.

“We were really strong here in both races last year, and I feel confident we can repeat that same success this weekend and get back into Victory Lane and come away with maximum points,” Allgaier says.

The playoffs are right around the corner, and every point matters. Hopefully, we can have a smooth day and be in the right position at the end to fight for the victory.

According to PointsBet Sportsbook Allgaier (+360) is co-favorite with Ty Gibbs, a rookie phenom who has never raced an Xfinity car at Richmond. We like the veteran Allgaier as our top Xfinity pick this week.

Allmendinger vs. Cindric as Battle Continues for Regular-Season Crown

Even with Allgaier as our favorite, it’s hard to ignore the generous odds PointsBet Sportbook is giving to Austin Cindric (+675).

The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford boasts a series-best five victories this season, but he trails Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger, a three-time winner, by one point in the race for the regular-season title with two events left before the Playoff starts.

A victory at Richmond would go a long way toward cementing the regular-season crown for Cindric, and the statistics would suggest that a win is eminently possible. Cindric has four top fives and five top 10s in six Xfinity starts at the .75-mile track, including runner-up results in both 2019 races.

Allmendinger, on the other hand, finished 14th in his only Xfinity Series start at Richmond, and that was back in 2007. In 23 NASCAR Cup starts at the track, Allmendinger finished in the top 10 only three times and never in the top five.

Accordingly, we like Cindric as our second choice on Saturday, especially at the price. Even at +1100, we would avoid Allmendinger.

Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. Be a Factor in His Only Xfinity Series Start in 2021?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most popular drivers ever to sit behind the wheel of a stock car. But that doesn’t make him a likely winner in his only appearance of the year in a national series race.

Since his retirement from full-time racing, Earnhardt has made once-a-year starts in the Xfinity Series—at Richmond in 2018, at Darlington in 2019, and at Homestead-Miami Speedway last year.

Earnhardt did not win any of those races. Nor do we think he’ll win on Saturday, even though his last NASCAR victory came at Richmond in 2016.

Though he’s doubtless the sentimental favorite, we would urge avoiding Earnhardt at +900. He’s likely to win on Saturday—but as Allgaier’s car owner, not as a driver.

How to Watch Go Bowling 250

Go Bowling 250 Information
Race Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race
Location Richmond Raceway
Time Saturday, September 11, 2:30 p.m. ET
How to Watch NBCSN

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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. Email: [email protected]

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