*) , , , . A new track has been opened by the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Portland International Raceway. This is a 1. 967-mile, 12-turn road course. NASCAR’s only history at the track consists of two Camping World Truck Series races in 1999 and 2000.
Saturday’s Pacific Office Automation 147 will be contested over 75 laps (147.5 miles), with stage breaks scheduled after 25 and 50 laps. If you have any questions about betting on NASCAR then take a look to our guide.
AJ Allmendinger is the obvious choice to win the inaugural Portland Xfinity Race
Ask any competitor in NASCAR Xfinity to name the greatest road racer of the series. The overwhelming consensus will be: AJ Allmendinger.
Seven of Allmendinger’s 11 Xfinity victories–and both his NASCAR Cup Series wins–have come on road courses. Allmendinger will be the favorite when the Xfinity Series heads to Portland International Raceway this weekend.
The Dinger has a distinct advantage in Portland experience, though in a different car class. In 2006, he won his first ChampCar race at the 1. 967-mile layout, which unlike most NASCAR tracks, runs in a clockwise direction.
Allmendinger won the Austin, Texas, Xfinity Series Road Course Race. We want him to win at Portland. He doesn’t pay much at +250 via DraftKings Sportsbook, but that’s the price of being so talented.
There are always complications. Rain wiped out the second round of qualifying on Friday, leaving Allmendinger in the 10th starting spot. However, mechanical problems in Allmendinger’s No. 16 Chevrolet, AJ may have to start from the rear.
If that is the case it will only make his win more dramatic.
Ty Gibbs Seeks a Road Course to Jump-Start His Xfinity Season
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ty Gibbs is currently without a win in six NASCAR Xfinity Series races. This matches the longest drought of his young career.
Surprisingly, Gibbs’ No. 54 Toyota hasn’t shown the speed necessary to run at the front of the field during that stretch, though he did finish second through attrition last week at Charlotte.
But Gibbs has shown an inherent knack for racing on road courses, and Saturday presents a chance for the 19-year-old phenom to show those skills.
Remember that Gibbs won his first of seven Xfinity Series wins last year at Daytona International Speedway Road Course. In his short abbreviated maiden series, he won Watkins Glen as well as finishing third at Mid-Ohio.
He’s posted at +400 via DraftKings, and though he should be a contender, we like Allmendinger’s chances better.
JR Motorsports May Be Able To Gang Up on The Opposition
Justin Allgaier, JR Motorsports’ teammate in road course performance is not a slouch.
In fact, Gragson finished fourth at the Austin, Texas, Xfinity Series Road Course Event. Sam Mayer, a JRM colleague, was right behind Gragson.
The four JR Motorsports drivers are so well-respected lately, it is hard to dismiss their potential at any venue.
At Portland, we’ll give the nod to Allgaier (+800 via DraftKings), who has scored victories at Road America, Mid-Ohio and Montreal. And Mayer, who starts fourth, isn’t a bad bet at +1200.
As for Gragson (+800), he’ll have to start from the rear in a backup car after wrecking in practice. This is a difficult task for anyone other than Allmendinger to complete a race on a narrow road track.
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How to Watch Pacific Office Automation 147
Pacific Office Automation 147 Information Race Pacific Office Automation 147 NASCAR Xfinity Series race Location Portland International Speedway Time Saturday, June 4, 4: 30 p.m. ET How to Watch FS1