Xfinity Series Cracking Down
The underdogs were barking in last week’s Xfinity Series race as Jeremy Clements took home the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway with a whopping +10000 payout.
Clements finished ahead of big favorites such as Justin Haley (+800), Ty Gibbs (+900), and A.J. Allmendinger (+900). As it stands, though, Clements will, in fact, not get the automatic playoff berth after his car failed the post-race inspection for violating intake manifold rules.
The win still counts, though (Clements is appealing), and it just might make bettors look harder at the long shots in NASCAR odds for this weekend.
Check the latest news, stats, reports, and NASCAR odds for Xfinity Sports Clips VFW Help a Hero 200. There are plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Field Opens Up With Hamlin Out
The original plan was for Denny Hamlin to double-dip this weekend at Darlington, taking part in Xfinity race on Saturday and driving in the NASCAR Cup Series the following day. Hamlin is withdrawing after suffering soreness in his neck, back, and hips from last weekend’s Cup Series wreck at Daytona.
While it’s a disappointment for fans, the other Xfinity drivers probably aren’t losing a lot of sleep the way Hamlin has dominated at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin has five Xfinity Series wins at Darlington and four Cup Series checkered flags at the “Lady in Black.” Hamlin has finished in the top five in 55 percent of his Darlington starts on the Cup Series.
Hamlin was the favorite for Xfinity betting online this weekend, but his replacement, Christopher Bell, has some value as well. He’s driving the Sports Clips car (the sponsor of this race), has finished in the top 15 in three of six Xfinity starts at Darlington, and Joe Gibbs Racing overall has 11 Xfinity wins at this track.
Larson Stealing the Show?
With Hamlin withdrawing from Saturday’s race, it’s now Kyle Larson who takes center stage in his return to the Xfinity circuit. Larson is among the favorites for the Cook Out Southern 500 Cup Series race on Sunday, so it seems he has a great chance of a sweep at Darlington as the favorite in the VFW Help a Hero event on Saturday.
Larson recently pulled double duties at Watkins Glen, and he ended up winning both the Xfinity and Cup Series events. His only other Xfinity start this year is Road America, where he tallied the runner-up spot, so Darlington will be his first non-road event on the series. That shouldn’t be a problem as he’s finished in the top three in five of his last seven Cup Series events at Darlington.
With all the talk about Hamlin (before his WD) and Larson as the locks for the VFW Help a Hero 200, you have to wonder if it’s getting under the skin of the Xfinity full-time drivers. Ty Gibbs is projected No. 1 when the playoffs start in three weeks, but he’s +650 to win on Saturday.
Justin Allgaier (+600) has won the last two spring races at Darlington, and his JR Motorsports teammate, Noah Gragson (+800), finished second in May and is the returning champion of the VFW Help a Hero 200.
NASCAR Xfinity VFW Help a Hero 200 Information
- Location: Darlington Raceway
- Day/Time: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m. ET
- NASCAR Xfinity VFW Help a Hero Live Stream: NBCSports.com
NASCAR Xfinity VFW Help a Hero 200 Betting Lines
|ODDS TO WIN XFINITY SERIES SPORT CLIPS HAIRCUTS VFW 200||MONEYLINE|
|John Hunter Nemechek||2500|
NASCAR Xfinity VFW Help a Hero Prediction
This field gets a bit of a wrench thrown in it with Larson, who finished fourth in the Cup Series points prior to the playoffs, getting a start.
Larson isn’t a bad bet at +250 in online gambling, but this race seems like it will go to one of the trio of Gibbs, Allgaier or Gragson.
Gibbs may, in fact, dominate Darlington someday, but his inexperience will doom him on Saturday. Instead, it’s Gragson that outlasts teammate Allgaier to go back-to-back.