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Image for Reid Spencer Reid Spencer - Updated October 14, 2022

Sport Clips Haircuts 200: Allgaier Has Won Two of the Last Three Races at Darlington

  • Oddsmakers expect NASCAR Cup Series interlopers to dominate at Darlington
  • Overlook Justin Allgaier at your own risk at the Track Too Tough to Tame
  • Ty Gibbs looks to make inroads into AJ Allmendinger’s regular-season points lead

Sports Clips Haircuts 200 Betting Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Winner Odds
Kyle Larson +300
Christopher Bell +350
Ross Chastain +650
Ty Gibbs +700
Noah Gragson +800
Justin Allgaier +800
Josh Berry +900
AJ Allmendinger +1800
Sam Mayer +2000
John Hunter Nemechek +2500
Brandon Jones +3000

Sports Clips Haircuts 200 Picks

Justin Allgaier to win the race at +800

Brandon Jones to finish in the top five at +350

Noah Gragson to beat Ty Gibbs head-to-head at -110

Pick made on 09/01/2022 at 08:29 PM EST

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Sport Clips Haircuts 200 Predictions Justin Allgaier

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Oddsmakers Expect NASCAR Cup Interlopers to Dominate at Darlington

With three races left before the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs begin, it’s still permissible for Cup Series drivers to compete in Xfinity races.

Three drivers who will begin their respective quests for the Cup championship on Sunday are entered in Saturday’s race, and the oddsmakers love them.

Kyle Larson, who swept the Xfinity/Cup weekend at Watkins Glen on Aug. 20-21, is the handicappers’ first choice at +300 via DraftKings Sportsbook.

Christopher Bell has been pressed into service as a replacement for Darlington Dominator Denny Hamlin, who is still smarting from a wreck last Sunday at Daytona. Bell opened as second choice at +350.

Ross Chastain, who had a breakout race at Darlington in the Xfinity Series, is third pick at +650. Problem is, we don’t think any of the three Cup Playoff drivers will win on Saturday (see below).

Justin Allgaier Has Been Overlooked All Too Often This Season

In 14 Xfinity Series starts at the Track Too Tough to Tame, Justin Allgaier has recorded 10 top 10s and boasts an average finish of 9.0.

The driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet has won two of the last three races at Darlington. He’s a three-time winner this season despite seldom owning the favorite’s role.

Given the strength of Allgaier and the entire JRM Armada, we like Allgaier to visit Victory Lane at Darlington yet again this weekend.

The payday will be a good one, too—+800 at DraftKings.

Ty Gibbs Looks to Make Inroads into AJ Allmendinger’s Series Leads

This is the time of year that Xfinity Series drivers who are Playoff-bound start to take the race for the regular-season championship seriously.

With three victories and remarkable consistency this season, AJ Allmendinger has opened a 58-point lead over Ty Gibbs and has held the top spot in the standings for the last 16 races.

But Darlington is not one of Allmendinger’s best tracks. In three Xfinity Starts at the Lady in Black, the Kaulig Racing driver has scored one top 10, an eighth in this year’s spring race.

Consequently, we don’t expect great things from Allmendinger on Saturday. But can second-place Gibbs trim Allmendinger’s lead in the standings? Doubtful. Gibbs has yet to score a top 10 in two Darlington starts.

In fact, we like JRM driver Noah Gragson to beat Gibbs head-to-head at -110. And we favor former Darlington winner Brandon Jones to finish in the top five at +350.

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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]

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