Picks for the Call 811 Before You Dig 250 –Xfinity Series (2022)

| April 6, 2022 6:23 am PDT

I hope you wagered a little bit on all of my top Xfinity Series picks last week because the race came down to Ty Gibbs and John Hunter Nemechek. Nemechek held the lead, but Gibbs bumped him on the final corner to win.

Last week was the first short track race of the season. This week, the Xfinity Series will have its first scheduled night race of 2022. Those always bring excitement, but it’ll be even better at Martinsville.

Check out my top picks for the Xfinity Series race at Martinsville.

Ty Gibbs (+550)

Last week, I talked about Ty Gibbs’ success in 2022, but he wasn’t leading many laps. How does he respond? By leading 114 of 250 laps en route to his third victory of the season.

Noah Gragson was the early talk of the season, but Gibbs has stolen the spotlight. He has lived up to the hype of the 2022 Xfinity Series Championship favorite. He’ll aim to continue his dominance at Martinsville.

Gibbs appeared in both Xfinity Series races at Martinsville in 2021. Take a look at his numbers.

  Finishing Position Laps Led (of 250)
Spring 4th 28
Fall 27th 16

He wasn’t dominant in either race, but he put himself in a position to win. Gibbs lost the lead with just under 30 laps to go in the Spring race. He fell back but hung on for a top-five finish.

The Fall race saw him finish a disappointing 27th. However, that’s not indicative of his performance. Gibbs led the race with 50 laps to go, but Noah Gragson turned him. He couldn’t recover from the spin.

Gibbs is running way too well not to pick. He has three wins through seven races and could pick up his first victory at Martinsville.

Noah Gragson (+550)

It wasn’t long ago that we talked about Noah Gragson as the Xfinity Series championship favorite. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to sustain his hot start.

Gragson led 38 laps at Atlanta, but a late crash relegated him to a 26th-place finish. He bounced back with a top-five at COTA, but a brake issue kept him out of the top 20 at Richmond.

The speed is there, but Gragson keeps having issues. If he can avoid that at Martinsville, he’ll be one of the drivers to beat. He finished third and second in his first two Xfinity Series starts at Martinsville. In last year’s playoff race, Gragson was in a must-win situation at the track.

Check out his performance in the race.

  • Starting Position: 9th
  • Stage 1 Finish: 7th
  • Stage 2 Finish: 1st
  • Race Finish: 1st
  • Laps Led: 153 of 257

He had the dominant car, but Daniel Hemric was the leader on the final restart. Gragson made an aggressive move, passing Hemric to take the lead and eventually the win.

Gragson has shown plenty of speed in 2022. His Martinsville success gives me confidence in his chances to score another victory at the track.

Josh Berry (+550)

Josh Berry has been flying under the radar this season. He had issues at Atlanta and COTA, but Berry has finished seventh or better in four of the other five races. There’s no doubt Berry has Martinsville circled on his calendar.

Berry got his big break in NASCAR because of his expertise on short tracks. He scored a breakthrough victory at Martinsville in the 2019 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 late model race.

Last season, Berry had his first opportunity to race at Martinsville in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He didn’t disappoint with this performance.

  • Starting Position: 29th
  • Finishing Position: 1st
  • Laps Led: 95 of 250

Martinsville is a hard track to pass, so it’s tough to make it from 29th to the lead. It took him a while as he didn’t lead his first laps until after lap 75. He got the better of Ty Gibbs to capture his first career Xfinity Series victory.

Berry wasn’t a factor in the playoff race, but that was with a different team. He’ll be driving the same No. 8 car he took to victory lane in the Spring race.

He has what it takes to win another Martinsville race.

Brandon Jones (+1200)

I’ve already talked about three favorites, so I had to pick one longshot. Brandon Jones isn’t the biggest longshot, but he presents more value than my first three picks.

Jones has been good, not great this season. He has three top 10 finishes, including a second-place run at Phoenix. That’s the only time we’ve seen him contend for a win. Could that change this week at Martinsville?

The Xfinity Series recently returned to Martinsville in 2020. Take a look at his finishes in three starts.

  • 2020: 9th
  • 2021: 5th
  • 2021: 6th

Like Josh Berry, Jones started deep in the field in last year’s Spring race. Jones worked his way, leading 16 laps. He failed to finish in the top 10 of either stage but recovered to score a top-five finish.

He isn’t on the same level as Berry or Noah Gragson at Martinsville, but his consistency gives him a chance in Friday’s Xfinity Series race.

Jones has four career Xfinity Series wins. Jones doesn’t lead many laps, but he seems to put himself in position at the end of races. If there’s late-race carnage at Martinsville, he could be there to take advantage.

Who Will Win the Call 811 Before You Dig 250? 

  • Noah Gragson

This race seems like a toss-up between Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs, and Josh Berry. All three drivers have been great at Martinsville, but I’m going with Noah Gragson.

Gragson has been great at Martinsville throughout his NASCAR career. It started in the Truck Series and has carried over to the Xfinity Series. His aggression gives him the edge over his competitors.

Fans can tune into Friday’s race at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1. The top NASCAR betting sites will give you the best NASCAR odds.

Nicholas Sterling

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