The NASCAR Xfinity Series has never visited Texas’ Circuit of the Americas track before, but neither has the Cup Series or Camping World Truck Series. Question marks abound as a wonderful blend of youngsters, veterans, and road-course ringers converge this weekend to see who can etch his name in the NASCAR history books as the first winner here.
The NASCAR odds this week reflect the unique blend of racers mentioned above. Who will survive the twists and turns of the COTA track? It’s worth a look for those who bet NASCAR online. Anything (and everything) can happen, and probably will.
Cindric has 11 Xfinity Series wins in less than three years, so the fact he’s considered one of the favorites for this weekend’s race makes sense. Four of those wins are at road-course races — Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio in 2019, along with Elkhart Lake and the Daytona road course last year.
Oh yeah, one other thing: He’s leading the 2021 Xfinity Series standings coming into this weekend and has seven top fives in 10 starts so far. He’s also logged four NASCAR Cup Series starts this year with Roger Penske’s team. To say the 22-year old is being groomed is an understatement. He’s one of the quick risers in stock cars and checks all of the boxes.
Lastly, consider this: Cindric’s best career average finishes at individual tracks are all at road-course venues. Daytona road course (1.5), Mid-Ohio (1.5), and Charlotte road course (4.0) lead the way. Chew on that for a second.
OTHER THREATS: Not surprisingly, a couple of big-name veterans of NASCAR have decided to chime in and try to be the first winners at COTA in the Xfinity Series. Kyle Busch (+275) is good on road courses, as is A.J. Allmendinger (+375) — a full-time driver in the second circuit of the sport. Kevin Harvick +1500) is another veteran to consider.
THE DARK HORSE THREAT
He’s 46 years old, and he won 27 races in the NASCAR Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series (with a lot of those wins coming on road courses between 2000-2013). He’s a wizard on these kinds of tracks and has been around for a long time.
Lally ran a couple of years in the Cup Series and three of his best finishes were at Watkins Glen — a well-known road course on several circuits. The man knows his way around non-conformist tracks. And nobody would like to take the checkered flag in the first race here more than this guy. The question is always whether he has good enough equipment to do it, but this is the kind of place where experience and road-course grit can overcome the lack of a few ticks of horsepower.
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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has written for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All America teams, covered FCS college football for HERO Sports … and is a veteran reporter of five spring Daytona Speedweeks (1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009). Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter.