Xfinity Series Heads To ‘Dega
The 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series continues on Saturday, April 23, with the 2022 Ag-Pro 300, at tworld-renowned Talladega Superspeedway.
This is one of the races no NASCAR fan should miss, promising an exciting battle between the world’s best drivers and plenty of online sports betting opportunities, some of which we will explore in this betting preview!
Let’s check the latest news, stats, reports, and NASCAR odds for Xfinity Ag-Pro 300. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Favorites for a Reason
Ty Gibbs is the current betting favorite to win the 2022 Ag-Pro, which makes perfect sense. He already has three victories across eight starts on the year, has five top-10s, and has not placed worse than 15th once across his last six.
While impressive figures, we have to note that Gibbs’ experience on superspeedways is fairly limited. Most notably, he has never raced at Talladega before, and his only start on a similar track (Daytona) came earlier this year when Gibbs placed 11th.
Gibbs is an excellent driver, but due to his lack of experience on superspeedways, we would argue that he is a bit overrated at the offered betting odds. Many people will want to betnow on him simply due to Gibbs’ impressive results on the season, but there are better choices out there.
Priced next to Gibbs on the outright betting markets is A.J. Allmendinger, who we would argue is far more deserving of being the man to watch. Admittedly, he hasn’t achieved as much as Gibbs in 2022, but he is in exceptional form.
Across the last four races, Allmendinger won at COTA and has not placed worse than fourth in the other three races – which includes a third-place finish at Martinsville. Moreover, Allmendinger placed third at Talladega last year and has a fifth and runner-up finish from the Daytona 2021 and 2022.
An Outsider That Can Impress
Every betting preview needs an outsider pick, and for this race, we’re looking at Kaz Grala, who is priced as high as +3000 on the NASCAR odds for this weekend. Grala has yet to race in the Xfinity Series this season, and he has not achieved much over in the Cup Series and the Truck Series this season either.
He has a 26th-place finish from Daytona and 25th at COTA in the Cup Series, and a 30th (Las Vegas), 14th (COTA), and 26th (Bristol) in the Truck Series. Obviously, not great results, but Grala won the Daytona in the Truck Series in 2017.
This might not seem like much, but we have to note that Daytona is one of the only races on the schedule that can compare to Talladega. Moreover, Grala has a 6th-place finish at Talladega in the Cup Series from 2021 and a ninth-place finish at Talladega in the 2020 Truck Series.
“We’ve made a very serious commitment to the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” said team owner Scott Borchetta.
This weekend, Grala will be driving the no.48 car, which is the same car that qualified third in the Daytona earlier this year and had the seventh-best running position in that race, suggesting that Grala has the car needed to compete for the top spot.
With a great car that is driven by a great driver, on a track that should suit him, Grala checks all the marks of a potential winner of the 2022 Ag-Pro 300.
2022 Ag-Pro 300 Race Information
- Race: 2022 Ag-pro 300
- Location: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
- Day/Time: Saturday, April 23rd, 4 p.m. ET
2022 Ag-Pro 300 Race Live stream: NBCSports.com
2022 Ag-pro 300 Betting Lines
|Joe Graf Jr||+6600|
2022 Ag-pro 300 Prediction
Looking at the main favorites to win the 2022 Ag-Pro, we have Ty Gibbs and A.J. Allmendinger, who share the top spot on the betting market, which might seem fair.
However, between the two, we would much prefer to be on the side of Allmendinger, purely due to his experience racing on Superspeedways and solid record at Talladega and Daytona.
Admittedly Gibbs has looked incredible so far this season, but he has not raced on Talladega before, which could be an issue when he’s faced with more experienced drivers.
Another driver we would keep an eye out for is Austin Hill, who seems a bit undervalued at +1200. He won the 2019 Daytona in the Truck Series and the 2022 Xfinity Daytona race.
Moreover, he has three top-5s across the last four races, including two runner-up finishes at Atlanta and COTA. So even though he has won only one race so far, Hill has shown good results on superspeedways in the past and should be in the mix to win this weekend’s race.
At longer odds, Kaz Grala is hard to look past. As mentioned, he has done well at Daytona and Talladega in the past, which includes a sixth-place finish on this track in the 2021 Cup Series. And if he could place sixth in the Cup Series, he should do more than fine in the Xfinity Series as well.