It’s always tough to make and kind of sports predictions at the start of the season, as you need a few games to get an idea of how things might begin to play out. It’s no different in the world of motorsports, but it may be even tougher right now given how things have gone this season. NASCAR is basically in a state of catchup after missing a couple of months due to the coronavirus. Part of that catchup means running races at a rather torrid pace. Some drivers will thrive under the pressure of those conditions, while others will have a tough time keeping up. We are starting to see some trends develop as we head into race weekend in Atlanta. The action begins on Saturday with the EchoPark 250, the 8th race of the Xfinity Series season. Let’s take a closer look at some of the favorites for this one so you place your bets against their NASCAR odds.
NASCAR EchoPark 250
It’s still very early in the Xfinity Series season, with just 7 races in the books, but Chase Briscoe is setting the pace in the early going, picking up a pair of wins in those 7 races. Overall, he has 4 finishes in the top 5, so he is certainly on a very rich vein of form at the moment. The question now is whether that will carry over into this weekend on a track where he has failed to crack the top 10. Briscoe has had just 2 runs at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, finishing in 15th in both of those races. With a number of drivers close on his heels on the standings, a similar finish might just see him lose top spot.
Allgaier has not made many headlines in the early going in the Xfinity Series, simply because he has yet to pick up a win. Despite not crossing the finish line first yet this season, he is still well withing reach of the top spot in the Xfinity Series standings, sitting just 44 points back of Briscoe for the lead. A pair of top 5 finishes have helped his cause, but he might even go better than that this weekend, as he has been close several times in Atlanta, including last season when he had a 3rd place finish. I actually like Allgaier to get the win here.
At just 20 years of age, Cindric is still very much and up and coming driver in the Xfinity Series. He has a tough act to follow after a solid 2019 season, where he managed to pick up a couple of wins, as well as landing in the top 5 no less than 14 times through 33 races. He is setting a similar type of pace already this season, hitting the top 5 in 4 of his 7 races. Cindric has yet to pick up a win this season, but those wins will almost certainly come, although I just don’t think it will be this weekend’s EchoPark 250 race.
While Chastain is sitting at 5th in the driver standings after 7 races, he has gotten to that place by being consistent without actually winning. Chastain has 5 top 10 finishes to his name this season, and while he would appear to be a good bet to land in there again, I’m not so sure that he is a good bet to win. He has had a pair of runs at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with a 30th place finish being the best that he could muster.