Kansas Lottery 250 (Xfinity Series) – Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Ford drivers share the spotlight as the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads for Kansas, even though they’re a small minority.
- Austin Cindric has a great chance to tie Sam Ard’s record series record for consecutive victories—and a good chance to break it.
- Hard-luck Brandon Jones could use another victory to keep his championship effort on the rails.
|What||Kansas Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
|When||Saturday, July 25, 5 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||NBCSN|
The scramble is on. There are eight races left before the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs begin, and only six drivers have qualified by winning at least one race. Six others are in the Playoffs on points—for the time being. The next eight races will determine who can lock up a place in the postseason and who will be left behind.
Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 250 kicks off the final eight events, which will also provide opportunities to accumulate pivotal Playoff points that represent an insurance policy against calamity in the first two rounds of the Playoffs. Thus far, only four drivers have accumulated more than seven Playoff points: Chase Briscoe (28), Austin Cindric (20), Noah Gragson (18) and Harrison Burton (10).
Saturday’s race will be contested at 167 laps (250.5 miles), with stage breaks scheduled at 40 and 80 laps. Brandon Jones is the defending winner of the Kansas Lottery 250. His .272-second victory over Tyler Reddick last October was the first of his career.
NASCAR Xfinity Series at Kansas July 25 Odds
The odds for the Kansas Lottery 250 are provided by bet365
|Joe Graf Jr.||+40000|
Ford Drivers Assume Dominant Position in Xfinity—Both of Them
There’s no room for argument. Ford drivers have an undisputed claim to supremacy in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, even though there are only two of them. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe and Team Penske’s Austin Cindric have combined to win eight of the 16 Xfinity races so far this season.
With Cindric having taken the checkered flag in the last three events—matching NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin for most consecutive Xfinity wins by a Ford driver—the two Mustang pilots have triumphed in the last five races and six of the last seven.
Small wonder that Briscoe, with five victories, leads the series standings by 24 points over—you guessed it—Cindric. And small wonder that Cindric (+220) and Briscoe (+225) are the top two choices on the board when it comes to picking a winner for the Kansas Lottery 250. In other words, it’s risky to bet on anyone else.
Austin Cindric Can See Significant Milestones on the Horizon
There’s more on the line for Cindric than just winning a race. After triumphs in back-to-back oval races at Kentucky Speedway, Cindric was the prime beneficiary last Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, when apparent winner Kyle Busch was disqualified for a ride-height infraction discovered during post-race inspection.
Elevated from runner-up to race winner, Cindric picked up his third straight victory. That leaves him one short of the series record set by Sam Ard in 1983 at South Boston (Va.), Martinsville (Va.), Orange County (N.C.), and Charlotte. Other drivers who have won three straight Xfinity races but failed to win a fourth include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch (four times), and Christopher Bell.
If Cindric does happen to win at Kansas, he’ll have an excellent chance to add a fifth victory to the streak. After Kansas, the Xfinity Series goes to the road course at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Cindric’s greatest strength as a driver is his ability to negotiate road courses. His first two wins in the series came at Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen.
Brandon Jones Hopes to Build on Seventh-Place Run at Texas
After a strong start to the season, including a win at Phoenix before the hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Brandon Jones suffered through a stretch of four races that would give any driver nightmares. He crashed in the first Turn at Pocono on June 28 and exited the race without completing a lap.
At Indianapolis, an oil line issue knocked his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota out of the event after 34 laps. At Kentucky, Jones crashed out of back-to-back races, the first time without completing a lap. His finishes in the four races were 36th, 37th, 36th, and 30th.
At Texas last Saturday, Jones (+1000) finally posted a top 10, finishing seventh in the My Bariatric Solutions 300. Jones is locked into the Xfinity Playoffs on the strength of his Phoenix win. If his bad luck is behind him, he could be a serious contender for the series championship. A good start would be defending his Kansas win from last year.
Austin Cindric (+220)—Getting his first oval win at Kentucky opened the floodgates for Cindric, who will tie Sam Ard’s record for consecutive Xfinity victories on Saturday.
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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.