Pit Boss 250 (Xfinity Series) Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Austin Cindric is riding a massive wave into inaugural Xfinity race at COTA.
- Cup Series interlopers hope to steal the thunder from Xfinity Series regulars.
- AJ Allmendinger looks to score weekend double on a course that favors his talent.
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First off, none of NASCAR’s top three national series has ever raced at the colossal 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course, which features 180 feet in net elevation change.
Second, in a major departure from the format in use at most NASCAR races this season, the Xfinity Series got some practice time on the track on Friday and will qualify for starting positions on before racing on Saturday.
The Pit Boss 250 is the second race of a Saturday doubleheader with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The event will be contested over 46 laps (156 miles), with stage breaks scheduled after 14 and 30 laps.
How to Watch Pit Boss 250
|Pit Boss 250 Information|
|Race||Pit Boss 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
|Location||Circuit of the Americas|
|Time||Saturday, May 22, 4 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||FS1|
Reigning Champion Austin Cindric Comes to COTA on a Massive Roll
The hardest thing to find in Austin, Texas, this weekend is a reason not to bet on Austin Cindric, the favorite to win Saturday’s Pit Boss 250.
Cindric comes to the Circuit of the Americas fresh from his Xfinity Series-best third victory of the season, accomplished last Saturday at Dover International Speedway.
He’s the reigning series champion, and he seems destined to win another title. After Dover, he leads the Xfinity Series standings by a whopping 62 points over second-place Daniel Hemric.
Though all three of Cindric’s victories this year have come on traditional ovals, his most formidable skill set translates to road courses.
And, by the way, Cindric also topped the speed chart in Friday’s practice session with an average speed of 89.100 mph on his best lap.
That’s why the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford is favored to win Sunday’s Pit Boss 250. The only negative is the slim payout to win at +235.
NASCAR Cup Interlopers Hope to Steal Thunder from Xfinity Series Regulars
That Austin Cindric is favored to win Saturday’s Pit Boss 250 at Circuit of the Americas is a tribute to his own skills and the strength of his Team Penske organization.
After all, Xfinity Series career victory leader Kyle Busch is making one of his five appearances in the series this year, and Busch has four road course wins in NASCAR’s premier series to go with his two road course victories in the Xfinity ranks.
It’s no accident that he’s second choice to win on Saturday at +340, according to PointsBet Sportsbook.
Add to the mix 2014 Cup champion Kevin Harvick (+2200), who is running the race to gain knowledge for the Cup contest on Sunday but is unlikely to be a major factor in B.J. McLeod’s Ford the day before.
Cup drivers Tyler Reddick (+1600) and Austin Dillon (+6600) also are on the entry list. Though Reddick’s forte is running the fence on oval tracks, he was third fastest in Friday’s practice at 88.980 mph.
Road course ringers Andy Lally (+4000), Miguel Paludo (+4000) and Spencer Pumpelly (unlisted) also are among the 43 drivers vying for starting spots, but the ringers seldom have success against the regular competitors.
AJ Allmendinger Is Going For A Weekend Double at Circuit of the Americas
In fact, if you’re looking for a driver who’s a road course ace AND an Xfinity regular, AJ Allmendinger is your man.
Allmendinger (+460) is doing double duty at COTA for Kaulig Racing, making an appearance in the Cup Series on Sunday.
Back in 2014, Allmendinger got his only Cup Series win on the high-speed road course at Watkins Glen. Four of his six Xfinity victories also have come at tracks that feature right turns as well as lefts.
Circuit of the Americas is a sprawling, technical course, and Allmendinger is perhaps the most skilled road racer in the field. That makes the driver of the No. 16 Chevrolet a good bet—provided his engine is strong enough to keep up on the long main straightaway.
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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]