Ty Gibbs showed not only his elite road course skill but a lot of maturity in the way he raced Cup Series champion Kyle Larson in the closing laps at Road America last week. Gibbs made the clean pass, remained mistake-free, and took home his fourth victory of the season. Ty Gibbs is now the youngest driver ever to reach eight victories in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at age 19 years 8 months and 4 weeks.
The Xfinity Series now heads to Atlanta Motor “super” Speedway. For the first time in 2022, the series returns to a track it’s already been at once. In March the anticipation was high for the track that had been a cookie-cutter 1.5-mile intermediate, being converted into a 1.5-mile superspeedway style track. And superspeedway-style racing is exactly what we got! A wreck-filled race that went into double overtime saw Ty Gibbs get his second win of the season to that point.
The approach: with qualifying being on the same day as the race, it will be very important to see where guys start as place differential is huge on these styles of tracks. Don’t feel like you have to spend your entire salary in DFS. There are almost no bad plays as anything can and will happen. Most importantly, don’t check your lineups until the chaos is over and the dust has settled!
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NASCAR Xfinity Bets: Alsco Uniforms 250
Brandon Jones over Daniel Hemric (-105)
We discussed this matchup on the NASCAR GAMBLING PODCAST. Jones is one of those guys I just can’t quit on. He is the model of consistency and will pop up every once in a while to snag a win, but most weeks is just the guy riding somewhere from 5th-10th which is all we need from him. Hemric, the defending series champion, struggled mightily to start the season. While they have somewhat righted the ship, he’s nowhere close to as consistent as the veteran Jones.
Ryan Sieg Top 5 (+375)
Sieg is a Veteran of the Xfinity Series. In three superspeedway races this season he’s finished 8th to open the season at Daytona, 10th in the spring race here at Atlanta, and 4th in Talladega. Sieg is smart and good at avoiding mess and keeping the car clean. That’s what you will need in a race like this. He can put himself up front with a chance to win (+3000), a Top 3 (+700), or get the Top 5 (+375). I like throwing a little on all of these because as we know if you can be in the mix at the end. You have a shot!
To Win: Aj Allmendinger (+700)
Allmendinger is the co-favorite to win this weekend and for great reason. While the wins have seemed to just slip past his grasp at the superspeedways thus far, he’s due! In three superspeedway races this year he finished 2nd to open the season at Daytona, third here in Atlanta in the spring, and third at Talladega a few races ago. These Kaulig cars have proven to be strong on the fast tracks, and Aj has been so close to getting that superspeedway win.
To Win Long-Shot: Jeffery Earnhardt (+7500)
If things get crazy and another long-shot winner pulls through. Why can’t it be the grandson of 7-time champion Dale Earnhardt? At Talladega Earnhardt came so close, finishing second to Gragson. A note: That was in the Richard Childress #3 car, this week Earnhardt is in the #26 for Sam Hunt Racing. However at these odds for a guy who’s proven he can be in position and comes from the greatest family to ever race at superspeedways. You can’t help but throw a little down on this one at 75/1.
NASCAR Xfinity DraftKings DFS Picks: Alsco Uniforms 250
DFS Top Play: AJ Allmendinger ($11,200)
Allmendinger is the highest-priced driver on the slate this week, and for good reason. As I pointed out above in the bets section, I love him this week. He’s been very consistent so far at superspeedways and has gotten so close to the win. I think this is the week for it, but even if it isn’t he is usually good at staying clean and getting a solid finish.
Great Play: Austin Hill ($10,300)
Another guy who knows how to get it done on this style track. Hill won the season opener at Daytona and finished 2nd at Atlanta in the spring race. Hill head to Atlanta finishing in the Top 10 in five of the last six races. That team has started to click on all cylinders, and all signs point to Hill having a great weekend.
Solid Play: Riley Herbst ($8,200)
Herbst could be a big player in this race. Another guy who has finished well in all three superspeedway races this season. Kicking off the season in Daytona with a fourth place run, another fourth in the spring Atlanta race, and a seventh at Talladega. Herbst has underperformed his expectations in that car but lately has been putting together a solid run finishing in the Top 10 in eight of the last ten races this season.
Value Play: Kyle Sieg ($6,000)
If you are looking for a cheaper guy to plug into that lineup that could be the difference-maker. The younger Sieg brother just might be that guy. The 21-year-old has seemingly learned well from brother Ryan how to keep things clean. Opening the season with a 21st at Daytona, 24th here at Atlanta and an 18th at Talladega are all great runs for a driver priced this low. Most importantly he was still running at the end of all those races. Another solid finish like these three results should be good enough for Kyle to help your lineup cash!