Henry 180 (Xfinity Series) Predictions, Picks & Betting Odds
- Kyle Busch and Ty Gibbs face off in a battle of Xfinity Series multiple winners.
- After winning handily at Pocono, Austin Cindric is seeking his fifth victory of 2021.
- AJ Allmendinger will present a formidable challenge at the Mammoth Road Course.
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The Cup Series hasn’t raced at the 4.048-mile circuit since 1956, when Tim Flock beat Billy Myers to the checkers by 17 seconds in the only previous Cup race held there.
The Xfinity Series, on the other hand, has run 11 races at the track, starting in 2010. Austin Cindric won last year’s event on the way to the series championship.
Saturday’s Henry 180 will be contested over 45 laps (182.16 miles), with stage breaks scheduled after 10 and 20 laps. There are four former Xfinity winners entered in the Henry 180 field: Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier and Jeremy Clements.
How to Watch Henry 180
|Henry 180 Information|
|Race||Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
|Time||Saturday, July 3, 2:30 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||NBC|
Kyle Busch and Ty Gibbs Face Off for First Time at Road America Circuit
Kyle Busch has won all three of his NASCAR Xfinity Series this season—at the Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas; at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth; and at Nashville Superspeedway.
The victory in Music City was Busch’s 100th in the series, extending his own record. Busch has achieved that colossal number in only 360 starts.
Enter Ty Gibbs, grandson of the eponymous Joe Gibbs Racing team owner and the latest phenom to drive for the organization.
In February, Gibbs won the first Xfinity race he entered, on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. Subsequently, he triumphed on the Charlotte oval. In eight Xfinity starts in a part-time role, Gibbs has posted seven top-five finishes.
Busch and Gibbs have been sharing the No. 54 Toyota Supra, but at Road America on Saturday, they’ll race against each other for the first time, Busch driving the No. 54 and Gibbs the No. 81.
DraftKings Sportsbook has Busch favored at +165. You simply can’t bet against him in an Xfinity race. The only question is whether to take Gibbs at +600, too. We like them as a pair. And we also like Gibbs to finish in the top three (+150), which he has done five times in eight races this season.
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Defending Race Winner Austin Cindric Looks for Fifth Victory of 2021
Reigning series champion Austin Cindric has won four times this year on four decidedly different race tracks—Daytona International Speedway, the flat Phoenix mile, the high-banked concrete Dover mile, and quirky 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway.
Despite his acknowledged prowess on road courses, Cindric hasn’t won yet this year on that sort of circuit, but that could change on Saturday when Cindric takes to the 14-turn course in Sheboygan County.
Cindric, the defending race winner, is offered at +300 via DraftKings Sportsbook, and that would be tempting if neither Kyle Busch nor Ty Gibbs stood in the way.
Cindric couldn’t beat Gibbs on the Daytona Road Course, and he couldn’t vanquish Busch at Circuit of the Americas. Not only that—he finished a disappointing 14th at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
It’s a tough call, because neither Busch nor Gibbs has ever raced at Road America. Nevertheless, we advise avoiding Cindric and going with the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers.
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Combining Skill and Experience, AJ Allmendinger is a Real Threat
AJ Allmendinger won at Road America for Team Penske in 2013. He finished second to Austin Cindric in last year’s Xfinity Series race there.
Back in 2006, the Dinger snagged the trophy in a Champ Car race at the 4.048-mile track. He also won at Mid-Ohio earlier this season.
The bottom line is that Allmendinger is a threat in any series when the race is run on a road course. And he’ll get extra seat time this weekend pulling double duty in the Xfinity and Cup events.
Because Road America is new to the Cup Series drivers this year, both series will have the extra benefit of practice and qualifying this weekend—and Allmendinger is a superb road course qualifier.
That’s why we like him as a near-even-odds pick (-118 on DraftKings Sportsbook) to finish in the top three.
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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]