Picks for the Alsco Uniforms 300 – Xfinity Series (2022)
We’re starting to hit a hot streak with my NASCAR picks. Tyler Reddick was my biggest longshot at (+1200), and he came through to capture his first Xfinity Series victory since 2019.
Hopefully, we’ll keep it up as the Xfinity Series heads to Charlotte. The 1.5-mile track will host its lone race of 2022. Daniel Hemric dominated last year’s race, but a late-race crash changed everything.
Will we see more carnage in this year’s race? Here are my top betting picks for the 2022 Alsco Uniforms 300.
Ty Gibbs (+425)
Surprisingly, we haven’t heard much from Ty Gibbs lately. He scored three wins in the first seven races and nearly captured his fourth victory after dominating Martinsville. Gibbs has led 24 laps in his last four races, but has three finishes outside the top 10.
That’s certainly not what we expect from Gibbs, but he should bounce back at Charlotte.
Last year’s Xfinity Series race at Charlotte was interesting because a late-race crash ended the day for the top contenders. Gibbs took advantage of the carnage, leading the final 20 laps en route to a victory in the 2021 Alsco Uniforms 300.
The victory wasn’t as easy as taking advantage of a late-crash crash. Gibbs had to fight back from a mid-race spin to lead the race. Then, he had to hold off a charging Chase Briscoe to score his second career Xfinity Series victory.
We didn’t see much speed from Gibbs last week, but he has a pair of victories on 1.5-mile tracks in 2022. His performance in those races should go hand-in-hand with Charlotte.
You can never count him out in the Xfinity Series. Watch out for Gibbs in Saturday’s race.
Austin Dillon (+1000)
Auston Dillon is back in the Xfinity Series after making five starts in 2021. Dillon only had one top 10 finish in five races, but we should see better numbers with Big Machine Racing.
Big Machine Racing is new to the Xfinity Series, but Tyler Reddick earned them their first victory last week at Texas. Can Dillon make it two straight victories? His Charlotte numbers suggest that’s a strong possibility.
- 11 starts
- 2 wins
- 6 top-five finishes
- 7 top 10 finishes
- 248 laps led
- 7.8 average finish
Dillon had a near-perfect performance in the two Charlotte races during the 2015 season. He sat on the pole for both races, winning after leading a combined 224 laps. Dillon hasn’t replicated that performance, but he has three top-five finishes in his last five Charlotte starts.
Charlotte is a special track for Dillon. He scored his first career Cup Series victory at the track in 2017 and has finished top 10 in his last two starts.
Reddick’s victory last week proved Big Machine Racing has the speed to compete for wins. They have a strong chance to make it two straight wins with Dillon behind the wheel.
Trevor Bayne (+1200)
Trevor Bayne will return to the Xfinity Series for his first start since Atlanta in March. Bayne has been running multiple Xfinity Series races for the first time since 2014.
Bayne is driving for one of the top teams in Joe Gibbs Racing. We weren’t sure how he’d perform after being out of NASCAR for years, but he has been in contention to win every race.
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He likely would have three top-five finishes if not for a late-race crash at Atlanta. Still, his 38 laps led prove he has had race-winning speed. Could we see the same at Charlotte?
It’s not easy to analyze his Charlotte numbers because his last Xfinity Series start at the track was 2014. However, it doesn’t hurt that he has five straight finishes of eighth or better. That should continue in his first Charlotte start with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Bayne will drive the No. 18 car in this race. Daniel Hemric won both stages and dominated in the same car last season. We don’t need the same performance from Bayne, but a victory would be a great day for bettors.
Sam Mayer (+1200)
The success of JR Motorsports has been a big storyline in the 2022 season. Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Josh Berry are top five in the standings with a combined four wins. Those drivers have been fantastic, but what about Sam Mayer?
The 18-year-old is looking for his first career Xfinity Series victory, but it’s only a matter of time. Check out his finishing position in his last seven races.
- COTA; 5th
- Richmond: 3rd
- Martinsville: 5th
- Talladega: 28th
- Dover: 5th
- Darlington: 5th
- Texas: 3rd
That’s six top-five finishes in his last seven races. I wouldn’t worry about his finish at Talladega considering the carnage we see at superspeedway racing. Mayer has shown as much speed as his teammates.
Mayer has never raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway in any form of racing. However, I wouldn’t let that scare me. His 2022 performance is enough to justify his lack of experience at the track.
Ty Gibbs won his first Xfinity Series start at Charlotte. It wouldn’t surprise me if Mayer replicated that feat. After all, we’re talking about a driver with six top-five finishes in his last seven races.
Who Will Win the Alsco Uniforms 300?
I nearly gave this spot to Sam Mayer. Mayer presents tremendous value, and I’d have no problem if he was your top pick. However, I have more trust in Gibbs.
Gibbs already has three victories in 2022, including two on 1.5-mile tracks. He overcame a mid-race spin to win his only Xfinity Series start at Charlotte. Gibbs should break out of his rough patch with another Charlotte victory.
Fans can watch the Alsco Uniforms 300 on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on FS1. Head over to the top NASCAR betting sites to wager on the Xfinity Series.