After the craziness that was 2020, it’s good to see sports begin to return to some level of normalcy, which includes having fans back in the stands. Sports are better when there are spectators at the events, but they are also great when the level of competition is high. We are certainly getting a great level of competition in the Xfinity Series this season, as the battle for the top spot has been a lot of fun to watch. It is still too early in the season to talk about the playoffs, but it sure is going to be fun to watch it unfold. The race in Mid-Ohio was one that was lost in the midst of cancellations last season but it is back for 2021, so let’s take a look at the current top 4 who might be battling it out for the win this weekend, along with their NASCAR Xfinity Series odds.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Betting Odds Analysis for B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Race
Austin Cindric +150
Like we already mentioned, there is still a lot of racing to be done before we get down to talking seriously about the playoffs and potential champions. That said, you need to be looking at Cindric as a potential winner, as he has been fantastic all season long. He has 3 wins already, which is easily the most by any single driver this season, but he also has a total of 9 finishes in the top 5 from 12 races. That is an astonishing level of consistency and one that makes him a favorite to win every race. In his last 2 races at Mid-Ohio, Cindric had a win and a 2nd place finish, which is all the more reason to pick him this weekend.
Harrison Burton +2500
If any of the drivers we talk about here are going to sneak up and steal the lead away from Cindric, it might just be Harrison Burton. He finished the 2020 season with a total of 4 wins, with the expectation being that he might improve on that this year. This is especially true when you consider that he won 2 of the final 3 races last season. With 12 races in the books this season, he is still looking for that first win, but you do get the feeling that they are coming. A trio of podium finishes suggests that we can expect more from him. He has yet to race at Mid-Ohio in the Xfinity Series, so tough to know what to expect in this one.
AJ Allmendinger +350
After a very positive start to the season, Allmendinger lost some ground last weekend with a poor showing in Charlotte, where he finished a surprising 33rd. This is a driver who already has a win this season and who has been in the top 5 a total of 7 times in 12 races. Any time he finishes that far back in the pack has to be considered a surprise. You need to go back to 2013 to find the last time Allmendinger raced at Mid-Ohio in the Xfinity Series. He won that one, so he could be a threat here.
Daniel Hemric +1200
Hemric is the driver who is currently sitting in the #4 spot in the Xfinity Series driver standings, but how long he stays there remains to be seen. He has had a rough last couple of weeks at the Circuit of the Americas and Charlotte, finishing 28th and 29th, respectively. That is far removed from the 8 top 10s and the 5 tops 5s that he had delivered in the previous races. He has a pair of finishes in the top 3 in his last 2 runs at Mid-Ohio, so perhaps this will serve as a bounce back race.