2019 GoBowling 250 Richmond Raceway - Predictions and Odds
2019 GoBowling 250 Predictions and Odds
The NASCAR Xfinity Series kicks off its 2019 playoffs this weekend.
It will be the second-ever edition of the postseason in the series’ history.
Just like it did in 2018, Richmond will host the postseason opener.
After 26 regular-season races, 12 drivers will have the chance to fight for the crown.
Winning at Richmond means locking an automatic spot in the Round of 8.
How to Watch
What: GoBowling 250
Where: Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA
When: Friday, September 20th at 7:30 PM EST
How: NBC Sports (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
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Christopher Bell swept both races at Richmond last year.
The Joe Gibbs driver also had a good showing this April but fell down to 16th after running into problems.
Bell is the defending GoBowling 250 race winner.
After finishing a close second in the regular-season finale at Las Vegas, Bell carries plenty of momentum into the playoffs.
The regular season runner-up kicks off the postseason as the points leader.
Bell has six wins this season, tying for the series lead.
He also has 17 top 5 and 18 top 10 finishes in 26 races this season.
Cole Custer won at Richmond earlier this year.
It was his first career win at the track, and it came in dominant fashion.
After Bell ran into problems, Custer went on to lead the most laps while also adding a stage 2 win.
It was a significant improvement for the Stewart-Haas driver compared to his previous results.
Custer had a sixth-place finish as his best result and only top 10 finish in four starts at the track.
Having found his way around the short oval, Custer will definitely try to repeat his result from April.
He enters the postseason second in points, and ties leader Bell with six wins this season.
Fellow Big Three member Tyler Reddick has yet to win at Richmond.
His record is decent, with a fourth-place from this year’s April race being his best result in four starts.
But, as the Richard Childress driver has shown on multiple occasions this season, this is not a problem.
The reigning Xfinity Series champion is having an even better year in 2019.
Reddick has five wins already and was the regular-season champion.
He will kick off his title defense from third in the standings.
Reddick leads all drivers with 20 top 5 finishes in 26 races this season.
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Austin Cindric was the last Xfinity Series regular outside the Big Three of Reddick, Bell and Custer to win a race this season.
It happened four races ago at Mid-Ohio.
Cindric came close to winning at Richmond earlier this season, finishing second behind Custer.
He also scored a solid fifth-place finish in the April 2018 race, his first start there.
The Team Penske driver has been a strong candidate for the “best-of-the-rest” designation.
Cindric scored back-to-back wins at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio.
Heading into the playoffs, the second-year driver will be chasing after his first career win at an oval track.
He is fourth in points with two wins, 10 top 5 and 18 top 10 finishes.
Justin Allgaier finished a solid third in April.
The Xfinity Series veteran scored his fourth career top 5 finish at Richmond in 18 starts.
Allgaier came close to winning at the track in 2017, having led the most laps on his way to second place.
He won the first stage in April as well and led 86 laps before dropping to third at the checkered flag.
The JR Motorsports driver has yet to win a race this season.
Allgaier will start the postseason sixth in points with 11 top 5 and 18 top 10 finishes.
Noah Gragson scored a surprising second-place finish at Richmond in his first-ever Xfinity Series start last year.
It was also his first race at Richmond, which made the results look even more impressive.
The JR Motorsports driver, however, failed to repeat his result this year and finished down in 22nd.
But Gragson has significantly improved since then.
The rookie is coming off four consecutive top 10 finishes.
Gragson finished inside the top 5 six times since round 10 at Charlotte.
He only missed out on the top 10 twice in the span, making it an impressive run of 14 top 10 finishes.
Gragson is still chasing after his first career win and has two third-place finishes as his best results this season.
He is eighth in points with seven top 5 and 17 top 10 finishes.
2019 GoBowling 250 – Odds
The latest odds for the GoBowling 250 are provided by 888Sport NJ. Good luck!
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