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Where’s the Beef? It’s For Dinner at Daytona

NASCAR Xfinity Series Kicks off Day Before Great American Race

The Daytona Speedweeks is an exciting part of the year for all NASCAR fans. But while most of the focus is on Sunday’s Daytona 500, the lead-up to the Great American Race will be just as exciting with the 2022 Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner 300, on Saturday.

With only a couple of days separating us from the Xfinity racing spectacle, it’s time to check the NASCAR odds for this weekend show, which drivers are viewed as the favorites, and who you should consider betting on. So here is our free betting preview for the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner 300!

Xfinity Series Kicks off On Saturday at Daytona
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Xfinity Series Returns

The 2022 NASCAR Xfinity season kicks off at the Daytona International Speedway, which has been on the schedule since the late 1950s, and the tradition will continue this year. Still, there will be some changes to the Xfinity Series.

Big-name drivers such as Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton moved up to the NASCAR Cup Series. However, despite their departure, the Xfinity Series field still consists of excellent drivers, some of whom we will cover in our betting preview, providing you with all the information you’ll need to bet online on the upcoming race.

Allmendinger Is Back

Many prominent Xfinity Series drivers moved up to the Cup Series, but A.J. Allmendinger is back as a full-time Xfinity driver. The 40-year-old is one of the most experienced drivers in the field and always a contender for the title.

That became very evident last year when he nearly won the championship, and we can be sure he will be in the mix in 2022 as well. And when we talk expectations, they are high every time the veteran enters a Daytona race.

Allmendinger’s team, Kaulig Racing, has been dominant on this track since 2019 and we can’t complain about Allmendinger’s figures either. Since placing 38th in 2019, Allmendinger finished inside the top-15 across the next three racers, including 15th (2020), fifth (2021) and second in the last race of 2021.

It’s worth noting that Allmendinger crossed the finish line third in 2019, but he failed the post-race inspection, meaning he has three podium finishes at Daytona across the last four starts. And that explains why Allmendinger is currently priced as the favorite (+800) to win the weekend race.

Cassill Can Impress

Priced as high as +1800 and currently +1400 on BetUS, Landon Cassill is one of the underdogs to win the season’s opening race, which may sound fair. However, we have reason to believe he will outperform the expectations.

Cassill is a NASCAR veteran driver with 326 Cup Series and 176 Xfinity Series starts, which isn’t a tiny figure. But the doubters will quickly point out that he has never won a single Cup Series race, nor has he finished inside the top-10 once.

He has done better in the Xfinity Series, but not by much. His last top-10 finish came in 2019 and his best placement since was 12th (twice in 2021). Nevertheless, Cassill has never had good equipment to work with – until this season.

In 2022, the 32-year-old will pilot Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 Chevy, the same car that helped Jeb Burton win at Talladega in April. What’s more, Kaulig was a dominant force on superspeedways in recent years, with six wins over the last three seasons, including Justin Haley’s victory at Daytona in the most recent visit.

“We are really excited to bring Landon Cassill onboard for the 2022 season,” said Kaulig Racing president Chris Rice.

Cassill has a very fast car to work with and two speedy teammates who are producing conditions he hasn’t had since driving for Hendrick Motorsports.

Predictions

Allmendinger is undeniably the man to watch, and while he is the favorite, he is worth a bet at +800. He has been posting incredible numbers on the track since 2019, and there is little that would suggest he can’t do it again.

He has a fast car, excellent teammates, the experience to make it happen and he is a perfect bet at the offered online sports betting odds. At the same time, we can’t look past his new teammate, Cassill, who presents a superb betting opportunity at +1400.

Admittedly, Cassill hasn’t achieved much in the Xfinity Series in recent years, but he enters 2022 with all the tools he needs to impress. As a result, we’re taking a smaller wager on the newest member of the Kaulig Racing team.

Pick: A.J. Allmendinger to win (+800)

Pick: Landon Cassill to win (+1800)

 

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