As the Xfinity Series heads into Martinsville this weekend, the pressure is truly on for the 6 drivers still in with a shot at moving on to the final four and a shot at the championship. In case you guys missed it, Noah Gragson and Josh Berry have already punched their tickets into the final race of the season, with both drivers picking up wins in the Round of 8. There are only 2 spots now left open and still 6 drivers with a chance to move on. That is exactly why the pressure is so high ahead of the Dead On Tools 250. This is the final elimination, but only 1 man can win here. Let’s take a look at the current top 4 to see if any of those guys might take the checkered flag so you can bet on their NASCAR Xfinity Series Odds.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Betting Preview for the 2022 Dead On Tools 250 Race
I wrote a piece earlier this week about how the rest of the season might play out, and in there, I stated that I thought Gragson would be the man to win it all. He has had a great season, but he has raised his game another level in the playoffs, winning 5 of the 8 races to this point. That is the sort of form that usually leads to a championship, but he will certainly not be taking anything for granted. The pressure is off this weekend, but Gragson will want to keep things rolling, and you have to say that he has a real chance to do so, as he won this corresponding race last season.
This is a driver that probably wasn’t on the radar of too many fans heading into this season. After all, he had raced rather sparingly in the Xfinity Series in previous years, and we all know that it’s tough to make an impact in your first full season. He has done exactly that, though, and after winning in Vegas a couple of weeks ago, Berry will be in Phoenix next weekend looking to win a championship at the first time of asking. His past runs in Martinsville have not been great, with a 19th place finish there earlier this season, but the pressure is off, which can sometimes help.
This is another driver delivering the goods in his first full season with the Xfinity Series, but unlike Berry, there was reason to believe that Gibbs might be a factor this season. When he did drop into the series last season, he made a habit of winning, so making the full-time leap seemed like the right thing to do. Gibbs hasn’t won in a minute, but he has been on the podium in 3 of his last 5 races. A similar finish here might be enough for him to move on. He ran 8th in an earlier run on this track this season.
Experience can go a long way in situations like this weekend, where drivers are looking at elimination from the playoffs. If that is indeed the case, then you have to like Allmendinger, who is basically the elder statesman of this group. Reputation alone is not enough, though, but Allmendinger has proven that he can do well on this track, finishing 3rd in Martinsville earlier this season. This is a guy you count out at your own peril.