As we creep ever closer to the end of July, the drivers in the Xfinity Series need to be seriously starting to think about the playoffs, which will arrive right after Daytona at the end of August. There are still a lot of races to be run between now and then, so still a lot of jockeying for position to come, you would have to think. That said, there are a couple of drivers who have dominated the proceedings in what has been a strange 2020 season due to the pandemic. Whether they continue their torrid pace remains to be seen, but they are certainly among the favorites for the upcoming Kansas Lottery 250, which will go on Saturday night at the Kansas Speedway. Let’s now take a closer look at some of the favorites for this race, along with their NASCAR odds.
NASCAR Xfinity Series – Kansas Lottery 250 Odds
Austin Cindric (+250)
To say that the race at the top of the driver standings is tight is putting things rather mildly. After 16 races, Austin Cindric finds himself sitting in second, albeit just 13 points off the pace currently being set by Chase Briscoe. Cindric has 3 wins on the season while also cracking the top 5 in 10 of the 16 races to this point. He is also the leader in lap led, staying out front for a whopping 485 laps. It’s easy to see why he is always in the mix. Cindric is on a 3-race winning streak heading into this one, but he has not done well at Kansas Speedway, so he could be beatable here.
Chase Briscoe (+275)
Briscoe has managed to keep his place atop the Xfinity Series driver standings by maintain an almost ridiculous level of consistency. His 5 wins are the best of the group, plus he has only missed out on a top 10 finish in 3 of 16 races this season. He is on a fine run of form ahead of this race, finishing in the top 5 in each of his last 5 races. This is only his second full season in the Xfinity Series, so he does not have a lot of experience at Kansas Speedway. He finished 30th in his first run there, but he took 3rd last season. That year over year improvement suggests he might win here.
Justin Allgaier (+600)
It would be easy to look at Allgaier and immediately write him off, especially since he has yet to take a checkered flag this season. Despite the lack of wins, though he still finds himself in 6th in the driver standings, thanks in large part to finishing in the top 10 in half of his races this season. This is 5th season back in the Xfinity Series after a 3-year absence. During that time, he has had a pair of top 5 finishes at the Kansas Speedway. Again, not totally convincing in terms of wagering, but still worth a look at a decent price.
Noah Gragson (+700)
In just his second full season driving in the Xfinity Series, Gragson has made some serious noise and is now sitting in 3rd in the driver standings, well within reach of the top spot. Gragson has picked up a pair of wins this season and has landed in the top 10 in 11 of 16 races. The problem here, though, is that both his wins came in the early part of the season and he has not been very competitive over the last couple of races. His last run at Kansas saw him finish 13th.