Alsco Uniforms 250 Predictions
Ty Gibbs Looks for Season Sweep at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday
After racing for years on degraded asphalt, NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers found a freshly repaved surface at Atlanta Motor Speedway when they returned to the track in March.
The new asphalt transformed the speedway from a typical 1.5-mile intermediate track to a short version of a superspeedway, with NASCAR’s superspeedway competition package in place.
Ty Gibbs won the first race on the new asphalt. Saturday’s race marks the first time the series will return to a track for a second event this season, and we like Gibbs to double up at +650 to win, despite the small sample size on the renovated speedway.
The driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is coming off a confidence-building victory last Saturday at Road America, and we expect him to win for the fifth time this season and the ninth time in 35 career Xfinity Series starts.
We also like Gibbs to beat JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry heads-up at -125.
It’s Landon Cassill’s Time to Shine on Newest Superspeedway in Atlanta
OK, we know AJ Allmendinger is a co-favorite at +650 in Saturday’s Also Uniforms 250, but we think his Kaulig Racing teammate, Landon Cassill, is a better value at +1600.
It’s also true that Cassill has never won a NASCAR national series race. That said, he has consistently shown a knack for racing in the draft on superspeedways.
Yes, in previous races, Cassill has often served as a “domestique”—in Tour de France terms—to his Kaulig teammates, but on the Xfinity Series’ first trip to Atlanta in March, he drove the No. 10 Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish, just two spots behind Allmendinger.
We think Cassill is severely undervalued at +1600 and advocate bets to win, to finish second (+650) and third (+400) on Saturday—provided your risk tolerance isn’t too great.
Atlanta Is a Superspeedway; Therefore, Austin Hill Has to Be Considered
This one is pretty simple. Austin Hill consistently shows his strength on superspeedways, and repaved Atlanta now falls into that category.
True to form, Hill drove his No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to victory in the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
He followed that with a second-place run at Atlanta in March. Additionally, Hill has notched two of his eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories on superspeedways.
If you don’t favor Ty Gibbs to win, Hill is the logical second choice to at +750.
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How to Watch the Alsco Uniforms 250
Event Information Race Alsco Uniforms 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race Location Atlanta Motor Speedway Time Saturday, July 9, 5 p.m. ET How to Watch USA