Tennessee Lottery 250 (Xfinity Series) Predictions, Picks & Betting Odds

Tennessee Lottery 250 Predictions

  • Kyle Busch is back—to the chagrin of the rest of the Xfinity Series competitors.
  • After a strong showing in Texas, Justin Allgaier should be the top Xfinity regular.
  • If you’re looking for a good upset pick, Josh Berry may be the winning ticket.

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Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 Odds

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Winner Odds
Kyle Busch -148
Austin Cindric +650
Justin Allgaier +900
AJ Allmendinger +1100
Harrison Burton +1200
Daniel Hemric +1400
Noah Gragson +1600
Josh Berry +2000

From 2001 through 2011, Nashville Superspeedway was a staple on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. But declining attendance cost the 1.33-mile oval its race dates after the 2011 season.

With renewed enthusiasm for the Music City market, the series returns on Saturday, during a weekend that also includes the first-ever NASCAR Cup Series race at the speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday’s Tennessee Lottery 250 is scheduled for 188 laps (250.04 miles) with stage breaks after 45 and 95 laps. Kyle Busch is the only former Nashville Superspeedway Xfinity winner in the field, having triumphed in 2009.

How to Watch Tennessee Lottery 250

Event Information
Race Tennessee Lottery 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race
Location Nashville Superspeedway
Time Saturday, June 19, 3:30 p.m. ET
How to Watch NBCSN

Kyle Busch Is Racing on Saturday—Do You Dare Bet on Anyone Else?

For the third time this season, Kyle Busch is racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and he does so as the heavy favorite to win Saturday’s Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Busch has won both Xfinity races he entered this season, at Circuit of the Americas and Texas Motor Speedway. His last win was the 99th of his career, extending his own series record.

Nothing happened in Friday’s practice session to erode Busch’s status as favorite for Saturday’s race. He topped the speed chart at 155.727 mph, more than a full mile-per-hour faster than the best lap of second-place Harrison Burton (154.561 mph).

The driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota made it known in 2017 that he likely would retire from Xfinity Series competition after winning for the 100th time in the series. That could happen Saturday, but Busch won’t say good-bye to the series. At owner Joe Gibbs’ request, he’s already booked for some Xfinity events next year.

At -150, the payout for a Busch victory is undeniably meager. But it’s better than nothing.

Justin Allgaier Is an Excellent Third Choice Among Xfinity Regulars

Based on his performance at the 1.5-mile intermediate track at Texas Motor Speedway, Justin Allgaier should have supplanted perennial contender Austin Cindric as the top choice among Xfinity Series regulars—and did so until practice on Friday.

Allgaier finished second in Fort Worth, just .433 seconds behind Kyle Busch in last Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 250. He led 23 laps in the event, second to Busch’s 94, but Allgaier pushed the series record holder to the limit.

In addition, the driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports has six previous starts at Nashville, and the concrete track hasn’t changed significantly since the series last raced there in the 2011.

That’s why Allgaier (+775) is a strong third choice in the Tennessee Lottery 250. He has already won twice in the series this year—just not when Kyle Busch has been in the field.

And even though Cindric (+650) was fifth fastest in practice to Allgaier’s 13th, we like Allgaier to pose a serious threat to Busch for the second race in a row.

If You’re Looking for a Sleeper on Saturday, Josh Berry Might Fill the Bill

In a part-time role in the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet this year, late model star Josh Berry already has one Xfinity victory and two runner-up finishes.

As the series returns to Nashville Superspeedway for the first time in a decade, Berry will have a leg up on most of his competitors, having competed in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series evet at the 1.33-mile track.

Still seeking a full-time NASCAR ride, Berry has a lot to prove. So if you’re inclined to go with a long shot, consider Berry at +2000. After all, Kyle Busch doesn’t win every race he enters. It just seems that way.

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