New Holland 250 (Xfinity Series) Predictions, Picks, Betting Odds
- Austin Cindric is the class of the NASCAR Xfinity Series field—deservedly so.
- Cup driver Tyler Reddick could be the fly in the ointment on Saturday.
- Could the battle for Playoff spots produce a surprise winner at Michigan?
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With five races left before the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff field is set, seven of the 12 postseason berths remain unfilled.
That fact alone is likely to produce a real scramble for position over the next five weeks. Five drivers already know they’ll be competing for the series championship: Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Jeb Burton and Myatt Snider.
Saturday’s New Holland 250 will be contested over 125 laps (250 miles) at two-mile Michigan International Speedway, with stage breaks scheduled after Laps 30 and 60. Tyler Reddick won the most recent Michigan race in 2019. There was no race there last year because of the COVID-19 crisis.
New Holland 250 Xfinity Series Odds
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|T. Gibbs||+325 |
|A. Cindric||+375 |
|J. Allgaier||+600 |
|D. Hemric||+800 |
|A. J. Allmendinger||+900 |
|H. Burton||+900 |
|N. Gragson||+1200 |
|B. Jones||+1400 |
|T. Reddick||+1600 |
|J. Haley||+2000 |
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How to Watch New Holland 250 Xfinity Series
|Race||New Holland 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
|Location||Michigan International Speedway|
|Time||Saturday, August 21, 3:30 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||NBCSN|
There’s No Argument as to the Class of the Field in Xfinity Racing This Year
Austin Cindric has taken firm control of the top rung in the NASCAR Xfinity Series hierarchy. In 22 starts this season, Cindric has five victories, the most recent coming at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course last Saturday.
The reigning series champion currently has a tight hold on the first spot in the series standings with an 82-point lead over second-place AJ Allmendinger and appears headed for a second straight regular-season championship.
Yes, part-time competitor and three-time winner Ty Gibbs is entered in the event and is the betting favorite via DraftKings Sportsbook at +320. But Cindric, who will start on the pole, is the star of the series in our book, and he’s an excellent choice for Saturday’s race at +450.
Tyler Reddick Could Be the Wild Card in Saturday’s Race at Michigan
When Tyler Reddick won at Michigan in 2019, he was a full-time Xfinity Series driver, and he went on to win the championship that year.
That was the last time the Xfinity drivers raced at Michigan International Speedway, and in fact, Reddick is the only former Michigan winner in Saturday’s race. Now he’s a full-time Cup driver with Richard Childress Racing
But can he repeat this year in the No. 23 Chevrolet fielded by Our Motorsports, which has posted three top fives with multiple drivers this season but has never won a race? It may be a challenge form the 22nd starting position but not an insurmountable one.
Ty Dillon drove the No. 23 car to a fifth-place finish at Atlanta on July 10. We think Reddick can do the same, if not better, at Michigan. So if you don’t want to talk a shot at a win at long odds (+1500 via DraftKings Sportsbook), we think Reddick is a solid bet to finish in the top five at +250.
Will Playoff Fervor Produce an Unexpected Winner on Saturday?
With seven Playoff spots still open, the competition for chances to compete in the postseason is increasingly intense.
There are nine drivers who could clinch a Playoff berth simply by winning on Saturday: Daniel Hemric, Harrison Burton, Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, Jeremy Clements, Riley Herbst, Brandon Brown, and Ryan Sieg.
Of that group, Burton may be the best bet at +800 (DraftKings), if you’re inclined to back a driver who could certainly use a win.
Burton, who will move up to the NASCAR Cup Series in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford next year, collected four victories in 2021 but is winless in the same equipment so far this season.
One of those wins came at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., a two-mile venue that’s the sister track to Michigan.
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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]